As indicated previously, Karen A. Schriver is the 2017 winner of the Joenk Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication for her paper “Plain Language in the United States Gains Momentum: 1940–2015.” Listen to her speak about her research into Plain Language in an interview with George Hayhoe, Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication below.
Karen A. Schriver received her Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric and Document Design from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, in 1987. She went on to become a professor of rhetoric and document design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. She is a researcher in information design, plain language, and people-centered communications. She has taught at the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa; and recently, at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Her book, Dynamics in Document Design (Wiley, 1997), has been called a classic in information design and technical communication. Her research interests focus on designing compelling communications for busy people using diverse media. She is currently working on a book about evidence-based information design and plain language. She has received 12 national and international awards for her work.