STC Conference 2021 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kirk St. Amant

M.A. in Technical and Scientific Communication, James Madison University; Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities;

Dr. Kirk St. Amant is the Eunice C. Williamson Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the University’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS). Kirk serves as the Director of Louisiana Tech’s Center for Health and Medical Communication (CHMC) and is also an Adjunct Professor of Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick and a Research Fellow in User Experience Design with the University of Strasbourg. He researches how cognition affects usability and design with a focus on international health and medical settings and on international online education. 


Emily Joshu

B.A in Creative Writing and B.A. in Professional Writing, Missouri State University; M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media, New York University

Emily Joshu is an assistant editor at the Meredith Premium Publishing division of Meredith Corporation, where she writes for and edits special editions of Meredith-owned brands. Her byline has appeared in TIME, LIFE, EatingWell, Shape and Parents magazines. She also launched the division’s line of Health magazine special editions. After graduating from Missouri State University in 2018 with degrees in Creative Writing and Professional Writing, she received a master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print media from New York University in 2020. She is based in Brooklyn.

Dr. Kimberly Martin

Her dissertation, “Nevertheless They Persisted: Exploring Sense of Belonging Among Black Female Doctoral Graduates” was nominated for Dissertation of the Year at Oakland University.

Arriving on MSU campus in the Fall of 2019 to take over as Director of Multicultural Programs, Dr. Kimberly L. Martin has over twenty years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She has continually demonstrated her commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues.

She has served as Coordinator for Leadership and Service Learning at Wayne State University, Assistant Dean of Students of Community Engagement and Involvement at Purdue University, and Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.


Dr. Leslie Seawright

B.A. in Communication, University of Oklahoma; M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Arkansas

Dr. Leslie Seawright's first academic position was at Texas A&M University in Doha, Qatar where she spent 4 years teaching and researching technical writing and transnational education. She is currently an associate professor in the Technical and Professional Writing Program at Missouri State University. Dr. Seawright’s first book, Genre of Power: Police Report Writers and Readers in the Justice System, took almost 8 years to complete, and required hundreds of hours of interviews, police ride-alongs, academy training, and courtroom visits.