Vita of David A. McMurrey

Here is some information on David A. McMurrey's background:

This is the photo on my IBM badge. I've got on a white shirt, tie and jacket. I look pretty serious.
The IBM Years

Just resigned from IBM. No, IBM never treated me badly, it was just a very narrow existence.
Recovering . . .

Here I am with a teeshirt on looking pretty happy. I think I just resigned from IBM.
The ACC Years

Here I am in my front yard, with a straw hat on and a KUT-FM jersey. I'm looking pretty crazy weird.
The Effects of ACC
  • 11 years in publications for new products at IBM Corporation as writer and editor. Freelance writing, online-help authoring, HTML work, indexing, and editing for Dell, Tivoli, Texas Department of the American Legion, and individuals.

  • 30 years as full- and part-time instructor in writing courses at the University of Texas at Austin, Baker University in Kansas, Austin Community College, and IBM Corporation and its suppliers.

  • Writing-skills seminar presenter for IBM Corporation, Analysts International Corporation, Century Design, Wayne Dresser, Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, Tivoli Systems,, Texas Department of Health, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Texas Bureau of Radiation Control, Texas Department of Human Services, Samsung Austin Semiconductor.
  • Author of Processes in Technical Writing (Macmillan 1988); with M. Sue Campman, co-author of Writing Fundamentals (Macmillan, 1985); with David Beer, co-author of Guide to Writing as an Engineer (Wiley, 2008–2018); author of Power Tools for Technical Communication (Heinle, 2001), with companion website;author of a free online textbook in technical writing available on the web.
  • Author of an in-progress textbook tentatively entitled Steps to Structure and Coherence, based on the work of Francis Christensen, Susan Wittig, and Joseph M. Williams.
  • Author of an in-progress textbook tentatively entitled Sentence-Style Problems, based on Joseph M. Williams' Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity & Grace.
  • Instructor in the Business Government & Technical Communications Program at Austin Community College, teaching courses in technical writing, online and traditional hardcopy documentation of software and hardware computer information.
  • Developer of online writing courses presented over the World Wide Web, including:

I still retain a strong interest in literature:

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