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Xiaoli Li is an Associate Professor of Professional and Technical Writing at University of Dayton, Ohio. She teaches technical writing, business writing, writing for the Web, usability and UX. During the winter intersessions of 2019 and 2020, she took students in her professional and technical writing in global contexts class to China and visited three universities and 10 companies. They met with over 50 technical writers and conversed with 30 Chinese college students. She coordinated and conducted three technical writing teaching workshops in Xi’an and Suzhou in the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Xiaoli received an MA in Scientific & Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University and a Ph D in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University. Her research interests include technical communication in global contexts, technical writing pedagogy and program development, and collaboration between academia and industry. She regularly presents at professional and technical writing conferences. Currently she is on sabbatical leave. She works with China Technical Communication Alliance to promote the proposed technical writing certification program. 

Xiaoli has delivered the first Technical Communications textbook for Chinese techcomm students, written by Chinese writers, in English. This textbook is the first to cover structured authoring for students, trying to help students get closer to current practices. And, in a world where most content is written in English then translated to other languages, it's the first of its kind and it's helping to grow a community of technical writers in China. 

In this episode of Room 42 we discuss Dr. Li's book, the journey that led her to create it, and the lessons learned while expanding foundational knowledge for new and transitioning technical communicators around the world.


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