Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1997
Research interests: Information graphics; visual communication and rhetoric; document
design; history and culture of technical communication; technical communication practice.
Dr. Kimball is the author of Document Design: A Guide for Technical Communicators (Bedford-St. Martin's 2008) and The Web Portfolio Guide (Longman 2003), as well as a variety of articles on the history of technical communication,
information graphics, intersections of technical communication and culture, and e-portfolios.
In 2009-2010 he was the President of the College English Association. His co-edited
volume of essays, Visible Numbers (with Charles Kostelnick) will be published in 2015. He is the book series editor
of the Ashgate's Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture.
Books and Scholarly Edition
- Document Design: Information Design for Technical Communicators. With Ann R. Hawkins. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007. 450 pp.
- The Web Portfolio Guide. New York: Longman, 2003. 183 pp.
- The Young Duke, by Benjamin Disraeli, edited with 6000-word critical introduction,
annotations, and collation of variants across editions published in the author's life-time.
Volume II of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2004.
- "Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore" Journal of Technical
Writing and Communication 43 (2013). Nominated for the NCTE award for Best Article
Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication
(to be announced 2015).
- "Mandatory Open Access Publishing for Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Ethics
and Enthusiasm." With Ann R. Hawkins and Maura Ives. Journal of Academic Librarianship
39.1 (2013): 32–60. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2012.12.003
- "London through Rose-colored Graphics: Charles Booth's Maps of London Poverty." Journal
of Technical Writing and Communication 36.4 (2006): 351–379. Winner of the NCTE award
for Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical or
- "Cars, Culture, and Tactical Technical Communication." Technical Communication Quarterly
15.1 (2006): 67–86.
- "Database E-portfolio Systems: A Critical Appraisal." Computers & Composition 22 (2006):
- "Mountains of Wealth, Rivers of Plenty: Michael Mulhall's Dictionaries of Statistics
and National Competition." Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics,
ed. Charles Kostelnick and Miles Kimball (anticipated publication 2014).
- "Electronic Research Projects." Chapter 18 of J. D. Lester and J. D. Lester, Jr.'s
Writing Research Papers. 10th ed. New York: Longman, 2002. 352–362.
- Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Visualization. Ed. by Charles Kostelnick
and Miles A. Kimball. Ashgate. In production; publication in 2015. Contributors include
Lee Brasseur, Michael Friendly, Marguerite Helmers, Mark Monmonier, and Howard Wainer.
- "Mountains of Wealth, Rivers of Commerce: Michael G. Mulhall's Graphics and the Imperial
Gaze." In Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Ed. Charles
Kostelnick and Miles A. Kimball. Ashgate: publication in 2015.
- Leaders in Technical Communication: How a Few Great Companies Get It Done. A special
issue of Technical Communication (2015).
- A Short History of the Compleat Idiot: Posthumanism and the Evolution of Expertise.
Book project in progress.
- The Weight of Words: Documents and Gender in Victorian Fiction. Book project in progress.
- "DIY Tech Comm and the Compleat Idiot." Conference on College Composition and Communication,
- "Principles of Design: Relationships between Expert Heuristics & User Research." College
English Association, 2013. Refereed.""Exponential Learning in Course Projects: Using
One Client for Multiple Simultaneous Classes" Association of Teachers of Technical
Writing, 2013. Refereed.
- "12 Viewers Viewing: Establishing Models of Document Design Feedback in Composition."
Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013. Refereed."Document Design."
- "Principles of Design: Expert Heuristics and User Research." College English Association,
- "A Short History of the Compleat Idiot." Baylor University Alumni Lectures, 2011.
- Editor, Ashgate Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, & Culture
- Nominee for Board of Directors, Society for Technical Communication (2014)
- Advisory Council member, Society for Technical Communication (2013-14)
- Certification Commissioner, Society for Technical Communication (2013)
- President, College English Association (2009-10)
- Nomination: NCTE Award for Best Article on Qualitative or Quantitative Research in
Technical and Scientific Communication, 2015
- Second Runner Up: 2013 Digital Humanities Award, for Texas Manuscript Cultures in
the category "Best Digital Project for a Public Audience"
- Joe D. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, College English Association, 2011
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wayland Baptist University, 2009
- NCTE Award for Best Article on Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical
and Scientific Communication, 2006
- The Young Duke, by Benjamin Disraeli, with 6000-word critical introduction, annotations, and collation
of variants across editions published in the author’s life-time. Volume II of The
Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2004. 327 pp.