Professionals continue to develop their expertise throughout their careers. The MAPC program offers opportunities for you to make a strong start on professional development while at Clemson. The program provides a variety of professional development activities outside the classroom. You are encouraged to participate in as many of these activities as possible. Getting involved in professional development while here at Clemson will allow you to make contacts in the professional communication field before you even graduate from the program.
Local Chapters of Professional Organizations
Participation in professional organizations helps students learn more about the workplace and network with practicing professionals. Students in the MAPC program have formed a new student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The chapter, which had its first meeting in November 2008, meets regularly during the school year to provide professional development, job networking, and social opportunities for MAPC students.
The student chapter also coordinates with the SC Foothills chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, a professional chapter of STC that meets several times each semester and is enthusiastic about welcoming MAPC students. Membership is not required in order to attend meetings. MAPC student Amy Jessee, pictured at right with Ernie Mazzatenta at the STC picnic, won the 2008 Ernie Mazzatenta Scholarship from the SC Foothills STC chapter.
The MAPC program offers workshops targeting the needs of MAPC students. Workshops have included topics such as Preparing Your CV or Resume for PhD Applications or Teaching Positions, Creating a Thesis/Project Committee, Preparing for Orals, and so forth.
Multimodal User Group
The Multimodal User Group (MMUG) offers opportunities to learn and share experiences with technology. Meetings are generally led by MATRF staff. Recent topics have included Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Breeze, and basic lighting, videotaping, and video editing. MMUG meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters in the MATRF (409 Daniel Hall). Contact Dr. Tharon Howard for more information.
MAPC faculty regularly attend a variety of national academic conferences to present their research and hear presentations by faculty from other universities. Faculty make an effort to include MAPC students in these activities by helping students submit proposals to present at the conferences. These proposals often grow out of class assignments or students’ thesis or project research. In the past year, MAPC students have presented their research at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, among others. MAPC students also have the opportunity to hear nationally known speakers in the field of communication who come to Clemson.