September 22, 2008
Written by Zachary Conley
Angela Eaton is assistant professor of technical communication in the Department of English.
Volunteering your skills for the advancement of others could be classified as a noble cause.
For Angela Eaton, assistant professor of technical communication in the Department of English, it is an act of service that she is more than happy to perform.
In April, Eaton volunteered to write two grants for the South Plains Food Bank, an effort that produced $164,644. The funds will be used to equip a new facility called the Kitchen of Hope. The additional funding also will allow the South Plains Food Bank to expand its after-school meal program for children, the Kids Café, to additional schools.
“I was delighted to help support the Kids Café program,” said Eaton. “It’s so nice to be able to use my skills to support not just my work and the work of others at Texas Tech, but also in our community. It’s a nice way to feel useful.”
With years of grant writing under her belt, it is not surprising to know that it only took Eaton a little more than five hours to complete the grants for the South Plains Food Bank.
Success with writing grants is not a new achievement for Eaton. She has been writing them since she was 19 years old. She got her start as an undergraduate student at the University of Detroit Mercy where she wrote grants for a professor.
To date, the grants written by Eaton have amassed more than $2 million in funding for research, institutions and nonprofit organizations.
Grant writing is just one aspect of technical communication, a field centered on communicating complex or technical information across multiple mediums.
After taking a business writing class as an undergraduate, Eaton fell in love with technical communication.
“I was good at it,” said Eaton. “ I thought it was so pragmatic and very useful, and when I did my master’s work I decided I wanted to teach it.”
And that is exactly what she has done. Following her undergraduate success, Eaton received her master’s and doctoral degrees at Rensselar Polytechic Institute and jumped into teaching. She currently teaches several courses, including grants and proposals.
Texas Tech offers a bachelor’s degree in technical communication as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, both of which are offered in the classroom and online.
“Technical communication teaches you to communicate clearly, and when is that not helpful?” replied Eaton, after being asked the benefits of studying technical communication.
If you asked the South Plains Food Bank, they would probably endorse Eaton’s claim and put extra emphasize on "helpful."
Technical Communication builds on your writing talent while exploring the subjects you like best – design, science, business and journalism.
Texas Tech offers degree programs in technical communication at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels.