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Timothy Elliott

Timothy Elliott

Ph.D. Student, Texas Tech | Class of 2016

  1. What did you do before you came to TTU?Before coming to TTU, I got a Master's Degree in Literature from Iowa State. I took some rhetoric/theory electives there, which inspired me to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication at Texas Tech.
  2. Why did you choose to pursue graduate study in this field?I like the way theories of discourse and processing information (especially visuals) help me to make sense of the way communication works. The longer I've been in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Tech, the more I'm interested in applying these various theories to real world problems.
  3. How do you define technical communication?To me, Tech Comm is using various modalities to make complex information both digestible and useful.
  4. What are your research interests, and what led you to them?I'm interested in visual rhetoric, cultural studies, and urban revitalization projects. I think big efforts to revitalize spaces show the ways power and visuals interact to convey information and shape perceptions of reality.
  5. What would you say to a student considering an MA in Tech Comm or PhD in Tech Comm & Rhetoric at Texas Tech?Texas Tech's Tech Comm and Rhetoric program is diverse, engaging, and worth checking out. I've learned a nice balance of theory and practice here, and more importantly, I've learned these ideas from experts who are accessible, friendly, and excited to work with students.