This special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly continues the work of the winter 2004 issue of gathering information and reflecting on the state of technical communication in its academic context. The two issues together provide historical background on the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) as well as data on current academic members of the field and their jobs, their teaching and research, and their programs. The narrow goal of the issues is to help ATTW plan for the future by identifying needs, interests, and responsibilities of members, but the broader goal is to define for anyone with an interest the values and current practices as well as the gaps and visions of technical communication in its academic context.
Volume 13, Number 2, 2004. Contents: C. Rude, Guest Editor's Column. ARTICLES: S.A. Selber, The CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication: A Retrospective Analysis. N. Allen, S.T. Benninghoff, TPC Program Snapshots: Developing Curricula and Addressing Challenge. L.J. Gurak, A.H. Duin, The Impact of the Internet and Digital Technologies on Teaching and Research in Technical Communication. R. Johnson-Sheehan, C. Paine, Changing the Center of Gravity: Collaborative Writing Program Administration in Large Universities. K.T. Rainey, R.K. Turner, Certification in Technical Communication. REVIEWS: M. Salvo, Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication Volume I: The Historical and Contemporary Struggle for Professional Status, Edited by Teresa Kynell-Hunt and Gerald J. Savage. L.F. Gattis, Openness, Secrecy, Authorship: Technical Arts and the Culture of Knowledge From Antiquity to the Renaissance, by Pamela O. Long A. Ilyasova, C.E. Ball, Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print, 2nd ed., by Jay David Bolter.