Academic and Practitioner Partnerships
The relationship an academic program has with practitioners in the technical communication profession is beneficial to the academic program, university or college, the academic students, and the practitioners.
By establishing a relationship with practitioners, academics can bring real-life scenarios and examples to the students for hands-on opportunities and learning experiences. In addition, the academic programs make use of the relationships to create additional programs, such as mentoring, internships, or co-operative learning jobs.
Other avenues are available for developing a practitioner and academic relationship, such as the following:
- Becoming a member of an advisory board or governing body at the university or college
- Becoming a member of an industry-related professional society or organization or advisory board
- Becoming a contributor to professional journals or other publications
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