Darina M. Slattery, PhD, MSc, BBS, is an Associate Professor at the University of Limerick (UL), where she teaches modules (courses) on e-learning, instructional design, and technical communication. Since 2022, she has been serving as the Academic Change and Engagement Lead for the UL VLE/ LMS Implementation Project (Brightspace). In 2021, she served as the Project Lead for the first phase of UL VLE/ LMS Review.
She is Immediate Past President of the IEEE Professional Communication Society (ProComm), having served two years as President (2021-2022) and two years as Vice President (2019-2020). From 2016-2022, she served two terms as an elected member of the ProComm Board of Governors. In July 2023, she was awarded the Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
In 2019, she won the UL Award for Excellence in the Provision of Pedagogic Support, for the digital learning supports she designed and developed for UL colleagues, including the Developing UL Online (or DUO) programme, TEL workshops, and suite of online resources, as well as the one-to-one mentoring she offers colleagues.
In 2019, Darina also won the Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award for an article she co-authored with Aileen Cudmore in the STC's 'Technical Communication' journal (volume 66, issue 4). The article was titled 'An Analysis of Physical and Rhetorical Characteristics of Videos Used to Promote Technology Projects, on the Kickstarter Crowdfunding Platform'.
Darina is an Alumna of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) professional development programme (2019), which was jointly developed by the University of Central Florida and the Online Learning Consortium. She is also an Alumna of the Leadership & Innovation programme (2021) from MIT Professional Education.
Darina has published her research in international refereed journals and conference proceedings. She is a reviewer for several international journals, including the British Journal of Educational Technology, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on Education, Computers & Education, Computers and Composition, and Communication Design Quarterly. Her current research projects are concerned with the professional development of blended/ online teachers, learning analytics, online learning/ e-learning, and virtual teams. She was a member of the conference planning teams for the IEEE Professional Communication (ProComm) Conferences in Madison, USA (2017) and Toronto, Canada (2018); she served as board liaison for Aachen, Germany (2019); she facilitated two virtual conferences (2020 and 2021); and she facilitated local logistics for Limerick (2022). In 2024, she will serve as Program Co-Chair for ProComm.
Darina currently serves on a number of school, faculty, and university committees. Previously, she served as Subject/ Discipline Head of Technical Communication and Instructional Design at UL and Director (Chair) for the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning and Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing programmes at UL. She has also worked as a private consultant in Technology-Enhanced Learning in further and higher education.