SIGDOC 2023 will be held in Orlando, FL, USA from October 26-28, 2023. This will be our 41st meeting as an organization, and our first time in Orlando.

Learn more about the conference on the 2023 website.

SIGDOC 2023 Conference Committee

Name & Affiliation Role Bio
Sonia Stephens
University of Central Florida
Conference Chair Sonia H. Stephens is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida and a core faculty member of UCF’s interdisciplinary Texts and Technology Program. Her research focuses on scientific communication in digital and visual media, visual risk communication, and user-centered design. Her current projects include developing digital tools for communicating about natural hazards and understanding the role of narrative in sea level rise communication.
Kristin Marie Bivens
University of Bern
Program Co-Chair Kristin Marie Bivens is the scientific editor for the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Kristin studies the circulation of information from expert to non-expert audiences in critical care contexts (e.g., intensive care units, sudden cardiac arrest, and opioid overdose). Her latest, most recently completed project used historiography to rhetorically theorize the medico-sonic in health, healing, and hospital contexts.
Joseph Bartolotta
Hofstra University
Program Co-Chair Joseph Bartolotta is an Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York. His research focuses on UX and usability with particular attention to how they are applied to instructional design.
Daniel Hocutt
University of Richmond
Technical Editor Daniel L. Hocutt serves as web manager on the marketing and engagement team of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond, where we also teaches as an adjunct professor of liberal arts. He teaches post-traditional, part-time undergraduate and graduate students in business & professional communication, research methods, composition, and other topics as needs arise. His work has been published in Computers & Composition, Present Tense, and the Journal of Usability Studies, along with several edited collections.
Daniel P. Richards
Old Dominion University
Student Research Competition (SRC) Co-Chair and Sponsorship Chair Daniel P. Richards is an associate professor and associate chair of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. His research focuses on environmental rhetoric, risk communication, the public understanding of science, and the politics of higher education. His most recent project applies UX and rhetorical approaches to political negotiation between military readiness and renewable energy development. He has served as SIGDOC chair since 2019.
Chen Chen
Utah State University
Student Research Competition (SRC) Co-Chair Chen Chen (she/her) is Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Utah State University. Her research focuses on advocacy and resistant rhetorical practices by marginalized communities as civic and tactical technical communication in transnational contexts. Her work has appeared in Technical CommunicationSIGDOC Proceedings, Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and GlobalizationEnculturation, and several edited collections.

About the SIGDOC Conference

SIGDOC members and non-members are encouraged to submit papers and attend the conference in order to engage the latest research from the field. All papers are peer-reviewed. The conference proceedings are published in ACM’s Digital Library (