Johndan Johnson-Eilola has worked as a communication teacher and researcher since 1989, with positions at Michigan Technological University (as a Ford Motor Company Doctoral Fellow), the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (as Director of Technical Communication), and Purdue University (as Director of Technical and Business Writing). He currently works at Clarkson University as Professor of Communication and Media, where he teaches courses in information architecture, web design, new media design, and mass media.
Dr. Johnson-Eilola has gained international recognition for his contributions to finding intersections between practice and theory, and is considered an expert in hypertext theory and practice, online communities, and the politics of technology. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of "Datacloud: Toward a New Theory of Online Work" (Hampton Press, 2005); "Writing New Media" (Utah State University Press, 2005, with A. Wysocki, G. Sirc, and C. Selfe); "Central Works: Landmark Essays in Technical Communication" (Oxford University Press, 2005, co-edited with S. Selber), and "Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing" (Greenwood/Ablex, 1999). He has also written two textbooks on technical and business communication, "Professional Writing Online" (Allyn & Bacon, 1999) and "Designing Effective Websites" (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). He has edited special journal issues on intellectual property (for Computers and Composition) and computer documentation (for Journal of Business and Technical Communication). He has worked on research projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the New York State Department of Education, Proctor & Gamble, Apple Computer, Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, and others.
His work has won several awards for his teaching and research, including 2006 NCTE Award for Best Book in Technical Communication for Datacloud, the 2005 NCTE Award for Best Collection of Essays in Technical Communication for Central Works, and the 2005 Distinguished Book Award from Computers & Composition for Writing New Media. He has also contributed work to numerous journals and anthologies in the field and served as keynote or featured speaker at the Conference of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, the Watson Conference on Rhetoric, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
His current research examines how people structure and interact with their workspaces and an NEA-funded archival project and video documentary on avant-garde jazz in the late 1960s and early 1970s.