Hillary Hart

Distinguished Sr. Lecturer

Engineering Communication
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

301 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C1786
Austin, TX 78712-1094

Voice: (512) 471-4735 · Office: ECJ 8.214
Campus box: C1786


PhD, English, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1981

MS, Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1974


Summary of Skills and Experience


A  Distinguished Sr. Lecturer, Dr. Hillary Hart has been a full-time faculty member since 1987 in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at The University of Texas at Austin. She created and runs the CAEE program in Engineering Communication, teaching over 150 undergraduate engineering students yearly. She has also developed and taught several graduate courses for engineering, women’s studies, and environmental graduate students. In 2013, as director of the Program for Excellence in Engineering Communication (PEEC), she inaugurated a series of workshops on writing and presenting for engineering graduate students. In its first two years, this program trained 148 engineering graduate students.



Hillary’s research interests include environmental and risk communication, the social impact of technology, and engineering ethics (especially research ethics). Her objective in pursuing research in Environmental Risk Communication is the development of strategies (rhetorical and otherwise) to ensure productive, interactive communication among engineers, regulators, industry, and the public on environmental issues. Her work in engineering ethics has focused mainly on developing educational modules to teach engineering ethics to undergraduates and research ethics to graduate students.

Research Projects: Hillary has participated in many funded research projects at UT Austin. She is currently a co-PI on a 2-year National Science Foundation grant to educate undergraduates in nanotechnology. She has been a research fellow with the Construction Industry Institute and a senior research associate with the Center for Research in Water Resources.



In addition to teaching and research, Hillary has focused in recent years on serving the University community, especially as a leader in faculty governance. She has served on the UT Faculty Council for five years, including as Chair in 2013-14 (the first non-tenure-track faculty member to be elected to this position) and currently as Secretary. She was also the president of the international Society for Technical Communication (STC) in 2011-2012, and currently serves on the Boards of the Women’s Athletics Council, the Gender Equity Council, and the University Cooperative Society. Hillary also works to establish the value of technical communication to business development and the public interest for industry, non-profits, and public agencies, leading development of a Body of Knowledge for STC.

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Hart, H, and Baehr, C. (November 2013), co-editors, special issue of Technical Communication, Introduction: “Sustainable Practices for Developing a Body of Knowledge.” Vol. 60 No. 4: 259-266.

Hart, H. (2012) “Crossing the Not-So-Great Divide: Academics as Technical-Communication Practitioners.” Programmatic Perspectives, 4(1), March 2012. Keynote address.

Alfredo, K. and Hart, H. (2011)The University and the Responsible Conduct of Research: Who is Responsible for What?”  Science and Engineering Ethics,  17:447–457.

Hart, H. (October, 2012) “Envisioning Sustainable Community Decision-Making.Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (refereed).


Hart, H, and Conklin, J. (2011) “Toward a Meaningful Model of Technical Communication,” in Qualitative Research in Technical Communication, eds. Conklin, J. and Hayhoe, G., Chapter 5, pp. 112-144, Routledge: NY, NY.

Hart, H. 2008.  Engineering Communication, second edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 218 pages.



NUE: Sustainable Nanotechnology Education for Undergraduate Engineering Students

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

PIs: N. Saleh, H. Hart, M. J. Kirisits, B. Korgel

Period: 10/1/2014- 9/30/2016



PI: H. Hart

Proposal for a Pilot Program

for Excellence in Engineering Communication (PEEC)”

Cockrell School of Engineering/Braden Endowment


6/1/2013- 5/30/2015

Co-PIs: H. Hart, S. Nichols, C. Moore

“The Foundations of Research Ethics for Engineers”





Co-PIs: R. Corsi, J. Siegel

“Indoor Environment” IGERT







Engineering Communication (CE 333T)

         Required undergraduate course in CAEE department.  Taught every semester since 1987. Carries a Writing Flag and an Ethics and Leadership Flag.

Engineering Graduate Student Workshops -- offered through the Program for Excellence in Engineering Communication (PEEC)

Managing the Writing Process

Delivering Effective Research Talks

Research Ethics at the University

Writing the Literature Review


Gender, Technology, and Information (GRS 390J /WGS 393) – co-instructor: Phillip Doty

         Graduate course for university students interested in exploring the intersection of studies of gender and of technology and how attitudes about gender structure our information technologies, 2006 and 2010.

Foundations III: Feminist Research Methods (WGS 392/ INF 386G)

         The third core course in the WGS Masters program. Spring 2009.

Indoor Environment Technical Exchange (CE 297) – Co-instructor: Kerry Kinney

         Professional development and community-engagement required course for IGERT trainees in the Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering doctoral program. Taught once/semester Fall 2007, Fall 2008.

Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (CE 389C)

         Graduate course for College of Engineering students. 2003-2007.

Technology and the Global Community (FS 118) -- co-instructor: Mary Lynn Rice-Lively

         Freshman course for University students. Taught once/year, 2001-2005

Faculty Workshops (past 6 years)

·         What Can We Learn from the Survey of Engineering Ethical Development (SEED)?  CEU credit.

·      Research Ethics at the University: Who is Responsible for What? CEU credit.



CAEE Department: Curriculum Committee, 2010-present

School of Engineering: Program for Excellence in Engineering Education (Director)

University of Texas: Secretary of the General Faculty and Faculty Council, Women’s Athletics Council, Faculty Council Executive Committee, University Faculty Gender Equity Council, Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets, Faculty Rules and Governance Committee,

University Co-operative Society (Board member).


Professional Communication Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

·         Chair, ProComm 2016 Conference: http://pcs.ieee.org/procomm2016/.

·         Board of Reviewers, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.



·         Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

·         Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication


SERVICE (past 5 years)

Society for Technical Communication – international professional association

Director, Body of Knowledge Task Force, 2012-2015

Member of Executive Committee, 2009-2013

President, 2011-2012 (Vice-President, 2010-2011)