Liza Potts is the Director of WIDE and an Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests include user experience, memory, knowledge sharing, and crisis communication. Liza is a founding member of the steering committee for Women in Technical Communication. She is the past chair of the Association for Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (ACM: SIGDOC). She has worked for Microsoft, consultancies, and start-ups as a director, information architect, and program manager. Liza earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research institute.
Jeff Grabill is the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and a Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Writing. His research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning, and that work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. He is a Senior Fellow with University Outreach & Engagement. At Michigan State, he helped develop and led a new major in Professional Writing, was a founder of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research Center (now Writing, Information, and Digital Experience), and served as the Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Dr. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge Incorporated, an educational technology company.
Bill Hart-Davidson is an Associate Professor and an Associate Dean of Graduate studies at Michigan State, where he teaches various forms of writing, user-experience design, and research. Bill studied English Education as an undergrad just as the World-Wide Web was being born, hence his enduring interest in all the new forms of writing and communication open to students and teachers. Bill earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1999 and spent time at IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before coming to MSU in 2004. He has been inventing and testing new writing technologies at WIDE ever since.