Dwight Stevenson

Stevenson, Dwight | Faculty

Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Technical Communication, College of Engineering



About Dwight

Dwight W. Stevenson is Professor Emeritus of technical communication in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

He is the author or co-author of six books and numerous articles in the field of technical, professional, and legal communication. Principal among the Technical Communication books are Designing Technical Reports: Writing for Audiences in Organizations (with J.C. Mathes) Macmillan Publishers, 1991; Technical Writing: Courses, Components, and Exercises, National Council of Teachers of English, 1983 (Winner of NCTE Publication Award, 1983); Preparing Technical Reports (with J.C. Mathes and I. Brunner) Macmillan Publishers, 1981; Modern Rhetoric for English Technical Documents (with J.C. Mathes and Yoshiaki Shinoda), Nan’Un-Do Publishers, Japan, 1987 Professor Stevenson’s past roles have included serving as Assistant Dean, College of Engineering, and as Chairman of the Humanities Department. He also served as Director of the Michigan Engineering Television Network and as the first Director of the Michigan Information Technology Network.

Professor Stevenson has served as a frequent consultant for companies, federal and state agencies, and academic institutions. These consultations have occurred throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany and Austria.

He is a recipient of the College of Engineering’s Excellence in teaching award for 1993.
With Professors J.C. Mathes and Yoshiaki Shinoda, Professor Stevenson currently serves as co-author of the Technical English Proficiency Test (TEP Test), a national written Technical English proficiency test administered in Japan twice each year. This project is carried out as a collaborative project of the University of Michigan, Waseda University, and the Japan Association for Technical Communication.

After retirement in 1996, Professor Stevenson and Professor Mathes developed and for seven years offered a program for Waseda University’s School of Engineering. Supported by the Japan Ministry of Education, this program focused on training Japanese doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to write for publication of their research in international scientific journals. The program brought approximately 120 Japanese researchers from Nano Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science to the University of Michigan, providing them with intensive instruction and one-on-one conferencing based upon reviews of their scholarly writings.