Sean Clancey

Sean Clancey


  • Lecturer, Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Consumer Product Manufacturing Enterprise
  • PhD, Michigan Technological University


Technical communication is an active and growing subfield of engineering, as the importance of being able to communicate technical information clearly and concisely is of the utmost importance in business and industry today. The field has expanded over the years to include such topics as engineering communication, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines. Engineering communication focuses on writing and speaking within the engineering field specifically, while the writing across the curriculum/writing within the disciplines expands that study to investigate issues of communication across all degree programs.

My interests incorporate all those areas. I have presented papers at international conferences on such topics as teaching writing style to engineering students, and most recently, types of engineering communication not traditionally covered in communication classes. I have also presented papers on program assessment, including means of incorporating assessment of writing and speaking in engineering curricula. These studies have helped me design educational activities in both my junior-level technical communication classes and my first-year writing classes.

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Technical communication
  • Program assessment, including means of incorporating assessment of writing and speaking in engineering curricula


  • Engineering Writing as a signifying Practice: The Engineer as Ecrivain. Proceedings of the Conference in improving Writing in Engineering Design, Michigan Technological University, 1992
  • Watching Ourselves Work: A Collaborative Visual Model of Writing Center Research. With Nancy Grimm and Ruthann Ruehr. Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference (MWCA), St.Cloud, MN, 1990.
  • Research Connections in the Writing Center: A Room with a View. With Nancy Grimm, Ruthann Ruehr, Betsy Aller, Susan Guitar, and Anne O'Donnell. MWCA Conference, Kansas City, MO, 1991.
  • Writing Centers as Social Spaces for Cultural Negotiation. With Sylvia Matthews, Jeani Behr, Anne O' Donnell, and Shonte Tate. MWCA Conference, St.Paul, MN , 1992
  • Engineering Students Writing About Style. 3rd National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Charleston, SC, 1997
  • Torn between 'Two Cultures': Negotiations of Administering Programs in Engineering With Betsy Aller, Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Summer Conference, Houghton , MI 1997