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Sam Dragga

Sam Dragga

Professor

Email:sam.dragga@ttu.edu
Web:www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/dragga

Books
Book Chapters
Edited Journal Issues
Selected Articles
Recent Presentations
Awards

Essentials of Technical Communication, 2nd edition

The Essentials of Technical Communication

Writers Repertoire 1

A Witers Repetoire 2: Aims and Purposes

Writers Repetoire 3: Nuts and Bolts

Reporting Technical Information, 11th ed.

Reporting Technical Information 10th ed

A Readers Repetoire

Editing-The Design of Rhetoric

 


Books

  • Essentials of Technical Communication, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012 [co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Tebeaux, Texas A&M University]
  • Essentials of Technical Communication, Oxford University Press, 2010  [co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Tebeaux, Texas A&M University].
  • A Writer's Repertoire 1: Rhetoric and Writing, Cengage, 2010  [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong].
  • A Writer's Repertoire 2: Aims and Purposes, Cengage, 2010  [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong].
  • A Writer's Repertoire 3: Nuts and Bolts, Cengage, 2010  [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong].
  • Reporting Technical Information. 11th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. [co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Tebeaux, Texas A&M University].
  • Reporting Technical Information. 10th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. [co-authored with Dr. Thomas Pearsall, Emeritus, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Elizabeth Tebeaux, Texas A&M University].
  • A Reader's Repertoire. New York: HarperCollins, 1996 [co-edited with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong].
  • A Writer's Repertoire. New York: HarperCollins, 1995 [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Texas A&M University].
  • Technical Writing: Student Samples and Teacher Responses. St. Paul: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 1992. [editor]
  • Editing: The Design of Rhetoric. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 1989 [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Texas A&M University]. 

 

Book Chapters

  • "The Ethical Role of the Technical Communicator in Assessment, Dialogue, and the Centrality of Humanity." Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication. Ed. Margaret N. Hundleby and Jo Allen. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2010. 225-228.
  • "SARS versus Atypical Pneumonia: Inconsistencies in Hong Kong's Public Health Warnings and Disease-Prevention Campaign. The Social Construction of SARS: Studies of a Health Communication Crisis. Ed. John H. Powers and Xiao Xiaosui. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2008. 53-68. [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong]. 

 

Edited Journal Issues

  • Dragga, S. (2010). Technical Communication Quarterly, Special Issue on Positioning Programs in Technical Communication, 19.3 (2010) [guest editor].
  • Dragga, S. (2001). Technical Communication Quarterly, Special Issue on Ethics in Technical Communication, 10.3 (2001) [guest editor].  

 

Selected Articles

  • "Dangerous Neighbors: Erasive Rhetoric and Communities at Risk," Technical Communication, 61 (2014): 76-94. [co-authored with Dr. Gwendolyn Gong, Chinese University of Hong Kong].
  • "User-Centered Engineering Ethics Curricula," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (Summer 2013): 59-65. [co-authored with Dr. Brian Lail, Florida Institute of Technology; Joseph Williams, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Nancy Small, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Dr. David Roof, Ball State University; and Shirley Lail, Texas Tech University]
  • "Cooperation or Compliance: Building Dialogic Codes of Conduct". Technical Communication, 58 (2011): 4-18.
  • "Hiding Humanity: Verbal and Visual Ethics in Accident Reports," Technical Communication, 50 (2003): 61-82.  [co-authored with Dan Voss, Lockheed Martin Corporation].
  •  "Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations," Technical Communication, 48 (2001): 265-274  [co-authored with Dan Voss, Lockheed Martin Corporation]. 
  • "Ethical Intercultural Technical Communication: Looking through the Lens of Confucian Ethics," Technical Communication Quarterly, 8 (1999): 365-381.
  • "A Question of Ethics: Lessons from Technical Communicators on the Job," Technical Communication Quarterly, 6.2 (1997): 161-178.
  • "Is This Ethical? A Survey of Opinion on Principles and Practices of Document Design," Technical Communication, 43 (1996): 255-265. 

 

Recent Presentations

  • "Erasive Rhetoric and Communities at Risk," Texas A&M University at Qatar, March 2014, Doha, Qatar
  • "Moralities, Values, and Robotics: Integrating Theories of Intercultural Communication," Missouri State University, April 2013, Springfield
  • "Dangerous Neighbors: The Public Impact of Erasive Rhetoric," CCCC, March 2013, Las Vegas
  • "Dangerous Neighbors: Disaster, Dissolution, and the Rhetoric of Risk," CCCC, March 2012, St. Louis
  • "The Trivial Depiction of Safety Standards: Lessons for Technical Communicators," CCCC, April 2011, Atlanta
  • "Mapping Ethical Judgments in Technical Communication: A Review of Theories and Perspectives," Southeast University, May 2010, Nanjing, China
  • "Filtering Information, Making Knowledge," Nanjing Forestry University, May 2010, Nanjing, China

 

Awards

Research

  • Fellow, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 2001
  • NCTE Award for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication, Best Book,1989, Editing: The Design of Rhetoric
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Best Article, 1991, “Responding to Technical Writing”
  • “The Ethics of Document Design,” Society for Technical Communication, ($10,000), 1993-94

Teaching

  • Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, Society for Technical Communication, 2005
  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University, 2000