Menno D.T. de Jong is a full professor of technical and organizational communication at the department of Communication Science. His research focuses on the role communication plays in societal and organizational challenges. In such challenges, communication is always part of the problem and part of the solution, never limited to media and explicit messages, and always inextricably interwoven with the subject-matter at hand. His research involves a wide variety of practically relevant topics, for which communication is studied in close relation to organizational characteristics, technological developments, and the affordances of design. He always tries to combine practical relevance with academic rigor.
Examples of current topics are:
- Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
- The energy transition
- Online privacy and security
- Globalization and cultural differences
- Competencies of communication professionals
- Corporate visual identity and corporate sensory identity
- Usability, user experience, appropriation, and implementation of technology
Menno currently serves on the editorial boards of eight academic journals. From 2009 to 2015, he was editor-in-chief of Technical Communication, the flagship journal of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). He received many awards for his academic work, including two lifetime awards for research excellence (from the STC and the IEEE Professional Communication Society) and two Landmark Paper awards from the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
So far, he has supervised 18 successful PhD projects. Three of his former PhD students were granted a veni scholarship from the Dutch Research Council (NWO).