Re: PhD in Technical Writing?; RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 71, Issue 16

Subject: Re: PhD in Technical Writing?; RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 71, Issue 16
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:56:25 -0700

Funny, I would have thought that the first lesson someone would carry away
from all the years and effort it takes to earn a PhD is that there is always
something new to be learned.

Gene Kim-Eng



On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Porrello, Leonard
<lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>wrote:

> I would again assert that a PhD is in and of itself a disadvantage for a
> technical writer who is not in academia. First, a PhD doesn't necessarily
> translate into practical ability in the workplace. For example, specialized
> research in the area of, say, screen capture use and usability isn't going
> to make me a better technical writer than someone off the streets who reads
> and applies my research. In other words, in terms of being able to do
> technical writing, a PhD adds nothing.
>
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Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 71, Issue 16: From: Charlotte Claussen
PhD in Technical Writing?; RE: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 71, Issue 16: From: Porrello, Leonard

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