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About Kirk St. Amant

Kirk St.Amant is a Professor and the Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair of Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University (USA) and is a Research Faculty member with Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) and is on the steering committee for Tech’s Visual Integration of Science Through Art (VISTA) program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick (Ireland), a Guest Professor of Usability and Design with Southeast University (China), and a Research Fellow and an Affiliated Faculty Member with the University of Strasbourg (France). Kirk's academic and consulting work focuses on
-- Health and medical communication
-- Usability and user experience design
-- International and intercultural communication
-- Online education and training with a focus on instructional design

He also researches international virtual workplaces, online aspects of public health communication/health literacy, international outsourcing/offshoring, and the effects of globalization on online education.

Kirk has previously worked on international projects for companies such as Medtronic, VERITAS Software, the Braun Corporation, and Unisys. He has also worked on international projects for non-profit organizations including the Humanitarian Demining Information Center (HDIC) and the Consortium for the Enhancement of Ukrainian Management Education (CEUME). Additionally, Kirk has taught online, on-site, and hybrid courses for universities in Belize, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Qatar, Ukraine, and the United States.

Kirk is a senior member and a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) and a past Vice-Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC). He is the former editor of the journals Communication Design Quarterly (ACM SIGDOC) and Programmatic Perspectives (Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication) and is a past president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) and a former member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society (IEEE PCS)'s Administrative Committee.


Present Professor, Louisiana Tech University School of Literature and Language

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Honors and Awards

  • The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication
  • Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research
  • Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • East Carolina University Scholar-Teacher Award
  • Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education
  • Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Distinguished Service to the IEEE Professional Communication Society


B.A., Bowdoin College ‐ Anthropology and Government
M.A., James Madison University ‐ Technical and Scientific Communication
Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ‐ Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

Research Works (57)