University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 29, 2011

University of Wisconsin-Stout will feature Dan Riordan at the next Reminiscence Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, on the fourth floor of the Robert S. Swanson Learning Center.

Riordan retired in July 2010 after 40 years at the university.

During his tenure, Riordan served as chair of the department of English and philosophy and as adviser to English minors. He also was instrumental in establishing the B.S. and M.S. degrees in technical communication.

He taught a wide range of English offerings, initiating many courses, including Black American Literature, Native American Literature and Writing for Multimedia.

Riordan founded the Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center in 2001 and served as its director until 2010.

He has been recognized as a Fellow of the Association of the Teachers of Technical Writing, an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, a recipient of the Jay Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication and served as its president.

In 2010, he was recognized with the award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology by The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Florida State College at Jacksonville, Fla.

“Loving and respecting your students is the key to all successful teaching,” he said.

For many years, Riordan was UW-Stout’s representative to the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development.

Riordan has received numerous grants to study critical thinking and scholarship of teaching and learning topics. His textbook “Technical Report Writing Today” has gone through seven editions; the next edition will appear in 2012. His edited collection of essays received the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Best Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication.

Riordan has a B.A. from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, the Reminiscence Speaker Series features guest lecturers who illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to its oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since and the association has reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch.