Ember DeBoer, Adjunct Lecturer
Office: no NDSU office
DeBoer earned a B.A. in Scientific and Technical Communication and Minor in Journalism from Michigan Technological University in 2001 and M.S. in Technical Communication and Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic University in 2006.
Classes Typically Taught:
Engl 320: Business and Professional Writing
Engl 321: Writing in the Technical Professions
Having worked for several years in industry as a technical communicator and information architect, and now dividing my time between corporate training and marketing/public relations for a regional K-12 educational services organization, my teaching philosophy is to bring as many “real-world” examples to business and technical writing instruction as possible. As an undergraduate, I was hungry for advice from experienced professionals, and I hope to provide the same type of practical guidance to my students.
Although teaching classes from a distance comes with its own set of challenges, I am a strong proponent (and example) of well-organized, effective online education. I truly believe that “meeting” online can remove some of the barriers that may hinder in-class student-to-student or student-to-teacher communication. Online learning can be a great equalizer, allowing students who might not speak up in person the opportunity to share their thoughts in an open discussion forum, with fewer interruptions and time constraints.
My areas of academic interest are: engineering writing, user-centered design, information architecture, process improvement, corporate training, public relations, and journalism.
Ember lives in West Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan, with her husband and two dogs.