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Dr. Sally Henschel

(940) 397 4931
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Bea Wood Hall
Institution Degree Graduation Date
Texas Tech University PhD Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Midwestern State University MA English
Midwestern State University BA English
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Associate Professor, English 09/01/2019
Midwestern State University Online Writing Curriculum Coordinator, Department of English 09/01/2013 09/01/2016
Midwestern State University Assistant Professor 01/01/2011 08/01/2019
Midwestern State University Instructor, English, and Director Computer Writing Classroom 09/01/2000 09/01/2010

Current Research

Workplace genres, trends in the English and communication core curriculum, programmatic issues in technical and professional communication, and visual rhetorics.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, 2018

Midwestern State University Piper Professor Award Nominee, 2016

Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, 2015 recipient

Associate Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, 2015

Society for Technical Communication President's Award, 2014 recipient

Frank R. Smith 2013 Outstanding Journal Article, Technical Communication

Society for Technical Communication Community Pacesetter Award, 2014

Society for Technical Communication Distinguished SIG Service Award, 2013

Society for Technical Communication Academic Special Interest Group Community of Excellence Award, 2012, 2013, 2014

Faculty Award, Midwestern State University, 2010-2011

Carolyn Detjen Rude Graduate Technical Communication Scholarship, Texas Tech University, 2008-2009


Henschel, S., Lewis, M., Calame Wade, K. & Schwertner, D. “Trends in Undergraduate General Education in the U.S., the Texas Core Curriculum, and Communication Course Requirements.” Texas Education Review, 6.1 (2018): 84-101. 

Henschel, S., & Meloncon, L. “Of Horsemen and Layered Literacies: Assessment Instruments for Aligning Technical and Professional Communication Undergraduate Curricula with Professional Expectations.” Programmatic Perspectives 6.1 (2014). 

Meloncon, L., & Henschel, S. “Current State of U.S. Undergraduate Degree Programs in Technical and Professional Communication.” Technical Communication 60.1 (2013): 45-64. 

Baehr, C., & Henschel, S. "STC Student Membership: Challenges, Opportunities, and Benefits" Intercom Jan. 2013. 31-33.

Henschel, S. “The New STC Academic Programs Database.” Intercom Dec. 2007.

Henschel, S. “Of Mesquite and Computer Labs.” Kairos 5.2 (2000).

Henschel, S. “Crevecoeur’s Letters: Circumscribing the Ruins.” Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas 22 (1991): 21-29.


Applied not funded. Henschel, Sally (Project Director), Leland Turner, Whitney Snow, Clara Latham and Stacy Johnson.  “North Texans on the Home Front: Aviation, Conflict, and the Human Experience.” National Endowment for the Humanities May 2016-Aug. 2017. $37,138.

Henschel, S., & Alexander, H. “Computational Rhetoric: Theories, Methods, and Application in the Technical and Professional Writing Curriculum.” MSU Office of Academic Affairs Internal Research Grant. Fall 2014. $4,948.

Henschel, S., & Lewis. M. Adapting Communication Curriculum to Meet the New Texas Core: Tracking Trends, 2013-2015. Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grant. 2014-2015. $5,500.

Henschel, S., & Lewis. M. Adapting Communication Curriculum to Meet the New Texas Core: Tracking Trends, 2013-2015. Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grant. 2013-2014. $5,392

Collaborative Proposals and Reports

“A Report on Partnerships for Professionalism: Planning a Virtual-Hybrid Model Pre-Conference.”  Proceedings of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. (2012), Co-authored wit Pam E. Brewer, Craig Baehr, and Thomas Barker.

"Proposal for the Creation of the Mustangs Advising Center." Student Success Committee. Midwestern State University. April 2007.

Foundations of Excellence in the First Year Report. Student Success Committee. Steering Committee. August 2006.


The Methods We Employ: A Ten-Year Review of Research Methods in Technical & Professional Communication Journals. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Spokane, WA, Oct. 14, 2017.
Incorporating Visuals into an Argument. W4Tx Summer Institute: Keep Calm & Write, Region 9 ESC, Wichita Falls, TX, July 14, 2016.
The Place for TPC in the New Texas Core Curriculum. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, Santa Fe, NM, Oct. 9, 2015.
STC’s Emerging Mentor Board. STC Technical Communication Summit, Columbus, OH, June 21, 2015.
Applying Undergraduate Research: The Texas General Education Communication Core Curriculum, Tracking Trends 2013-2015. Southwest Educational Research Association Conference. San Antonio, TX, Feb. 5, 2015. Undergraduate research study co-authored with M. Lewis, K. Calame, and D. Schwertner.
The Heart of English: K-16 Working Together Conference. Region 9 ESC, Wichita Falls, TX, Feb. 13, 2014.
Technical Professional Communication and the General Education Core Curriculum. STC Technical Communication Summit, Phoenix, AZ, May 20, 2014.
Facilitating Connections and Mentoring Opportunities between Practitioners and Students. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, Oct. 11, 2013.
Coaching Online: STC’s Emerging Virtual Professional-to-Student Mentoring Programs. Society for Technical Communication Summit ’13, Atlanta, GA, May 5, 2013.
Preparing Students for the Workplace: Trends in the TPC Curriculum and Professional Expectations. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference. Michigan Technological University, Sept. 28, 2012.
How We COPE: Authoring Content for Reuse in the Technical Communication Curriculum. Society for Technical Communication Summit ‘10. Dallas, TX, May 3, 2010. 
Forecast: Change in Technical Communication Programs. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2, 2008.
Sustainable Growth in Practitioner Relations: A Discussion of Survey Results. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Oct. 12, 2007.
Prying Open the Window—and Opening the Door—to the Ivory Tower: The STC Academic Database. Society for Technical Communication Academic-Industry Leaders Summit. University of Houston-Downtown. Houston, TX, Sept. 28, 2007.
“The Stone Carved to Fit the Shape”: Shaping Departmental Identity Through Wiki Narratives. Panel Presentation. Refactoring Identities in a Culture of Assessment: Rhetorical and Technical Approaches to Program Review and Development. Panel Chair. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, NY, March 24, 2007.
Managing the Challenges of Keeping FoE Participants Motivated and On Task! Roundtable Discussion. Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College Winter Meeting. Addison, TX, Feb. 16, 2007.
Structuring to Win: The Multiple Degree Option in the Technical Communication Program. Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 13, 2006.
“O Pioneers!”: The First Two Years of an Online Ph.D. Program in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.” Panel Chair and presentation. Computers and Writing Conference 2006. Lubbock, TX, May 26, 2006.
“Life is Fine” when the Class is Online. NCTE/CCCC Mobile Technology Center Computer Connection. Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 20, 2003.
Of Mesquite and Computer Labs. Town Hall Two. Computers and Writing Conference 2000. Ft. Worth, TX, May 28, 2000.
Crevecoeur’s Letters: Circumscribing the Ruins. American Studies Association of Texas Conference. Corpus Christi, TX. Nov. 16, 1990.
Workshops, Webinars, Faculty Panels, Invited Lectures:
Luther’s posts. Faculty Round Table, Reformation 500 Celebration, Midwestern State University, Oct. 31, 2017.
Lewis, M., & Henschel, S. Research methods and the EURECA project. Presentations to MWSU 4001, Creative Inquiry: Interdisciplinary Thinking. Spring 2014 and Fall 2014.
What’s So Great about D2L?: ENGL 2113 Student Survey Results. Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. Oct. 18, 2012.
Using Bb Collaborate V-Classroom to Web Conference with Students and Support Student Writers. Teaching and Learning Resource Center. Midwestern State University. Mar. 8, 2012.
Barker, T., Henschel, S. & Kline, J. Mapping the Body of Knowledge: Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Transfer in Technical Communication. Workshop. IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (IPCC) Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, July 16, 2008.
Hubbard, M., Jones, K., Henschel, S., Walker, K. M., and Ervin, D. C. Streaming Media for Online Learning. Workshop. Computers and Writing Conference, Lubbock, TX, May 25, 2006. 
Selected Professional Involvement and Service
- MemberTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board, English Language & Literature Field of Study (FOS) Advisory Committee, 2017-2018
- Secretary, University Core Curriculum Committee
- Member, West College of Education Advisory Committee of Program Quality, 2016–present
- Committee Chair, Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research, 2017-2018
- Manager, STC Academic Special Interest Group (SIG), 2015-2016; member, SIG administrative council, 2011-2015
- Member Program Committee, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference,  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Judge,  Frank R. Smith Award for Outstanding Article, 2015, 2016
- Coordinator Student Poster Competition, STC Summit, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Manuscript Reviewer, Technical Communication, 2015 -2018; CommunicationDesign Quarterly, 2016, 2018; Programmatic Perspectives, 2014, 2016; Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2014;  IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 2014
- Reviewer, Southwest Educational Research Association Conference, 2014
- Member Program Committee and Site and Technology Manager,  STC Academic Partnership Pre-Conference, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Member Program Committee and Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships Manager, STC Academic Partnership Pre-Conference, 2014; raised $12,091 in monetary support and software contributions from technical communication software companies
- Member, Program Committee, Academic Topics Progression, STC Summit, 2014
- Co-Chair, STC Student Outreach Task Force, 2013-2014; member, Student Outreach Team, 2011-2013
- Member, STC Knowledge Portal and Body of Knowledge (BOK)Task Force, Academic Programs, 2008-2009; member BOK Committee, 2012-2014 
- Member Program Committee and Program Design, American Studies Association of Texas Conference, Midwestern State University, Nov. 2012
- Member, STC Academe-Industry Collaborations Committee, 2006-2007
- Chair, STC Academic Liaison Committee, Academic Programs Database Redesign, 2006-2007
- Member Program Committee, Computers and Writing Online Conference, 2005-2006