Dr. Halcyon Lawrence, PhD


Associate Professor


Contact Info

LA 5339


• Ph.D., Technical Communication, Illinois Institute of Technology
• M.Sc., Technical Communication & Information Design, Illinois Institute of Technology
• M.Sc., International Relations, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
• B.Sc., Sociology and Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Areas of Expertise

Technical Writing; Information Design; User-Centered Design; Speech Interface Design


Dr. Lawrence has 20 years professional experience as a technical trainer, writer, and usability practitioner.  Her research focuses on speech intelligibility and the design of speech interactions for voice technologies, particularly for under-represented user populations.  She has an upcoming publication titled, “Siri Disciplines” in an edited collection, Your Computer is on Fire, under contract with MIT press, due out in 2019.  Dr. Lawrence teaches courses in professional writing, technical communication and information design.

Selected Publications:

Lawrence, H.M. “Siri Disciplines.” Book chapter in Your Computer is on Fire.  MIT Press. 2019.

Hutter, L., & H.M. Lawrence. “Promoting Inclusive and Accessibility Design in User Testing: A Teaching Case with Users who are Deaf.” Communication Design Quarterly. Summer 2018 (6)2 pp: 21-30

Robinson, J., L. Dusenberry, & H.M. Lawrence.   “Collaborative Strategies for Distributed Teams: Innovation through Interlaced Collaborative Writing.” Peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  IEEE ProCommOctober 2016, Austin, TX.

Bauer, M., & H.M. Lawrence. "Merger within an Individual.” International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS). October 2015, Scotland, UK.