MA/MS in Technical and Professional Writing: Faculty

Sarah Read

Dr. Sarah Read is the Director of the Masters in Technical and Professional Writing. She earned a PhD in Language and Rhetoric with a specialization in Technical Communication from the University of Washington in 2011. She taught for six years at DePaul University in Chicago for the Department of Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse before moving to Portland in 2017 to lead the Tech/Pro program. Dr. Read's research explores how technical reporting and documentation practices serve and shape the missions of technical organizations. Her latest field site is a supercomputing center in Chicago that serves scientists from around the world. Her award-wining research has been published in Technical Communication QuarterlyThe Journal of Writing ResearchJournal of Business and Technical Communication, and College Composition and Communication.

Dr. Read teaches Advanced Technical Communication and Research Methods for Technical and Professional Writers. Her passion is getting students excited about the ethnographer's mission to document and make visible how technical communication powerfully shapes everyday life and organizational success.

Tracy Dillon

Dr. Tracy Dillon received his PhD in Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century, and Theories of the Literary Imagination from the University of California, Riverside. He then served as Director of the Business Writing Program at California State University, Fullerton before joining the English Department faculty at Portland State. During his time here he created the city’s first and only graduate program in writing, served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW), and simultaneously served as Department chair. His most recent service was as the Director of Technical and Professional Writing. Currently, Dr. Dillon focuses on teaching Grant Writing for Professional Writers and the History of Business and Professional Writing. He enjoys challenging himself and students to explore the works of the imagination in all genres. Dr. Dillon’s research interests include decolonizing methodologies, studies on Empire and its effects, historical studies in the  technical and professional writing fields, and intercultural communication.

Bryan Schnabel 

Bryan Schnabel is the Web Operation Manager at Verathon. He is a musician with two albums. He has a book published on the XML Translation Open Standard, XLIFF.

Schnabel currently teaches DITA, Digital Marketing, Web Tools for Content Providers, and Localization.

Garret Romaine

Garret Romaine has been a writer, technical editor, writing team manager, process consultant, and technical communication instructor in the Portland area for many years. His teams have won multiple awards for their work on manuals, quick reference cards, technical articles, and more, with recognition at the highest levels. He is a past President of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, and he was recognized as a Fellow in the STC. Garret is also the author of eight books on rockhounding and gold panning in various western states.  

Romaine teaches Introduction to Technical Writing.