Texas Tech University

TCR graduate courses, Summer 2016

Online Courses June 7 - August 12 (6 ~ 9 p.m.)

Course Title Instructor Days Section CRN
ENGL 5373: Technical Manuals (applied theory) Baehr Tuesdays D01 37834
ENGL 5377: Booms, Busts, and Dust: Writings About Texans (theory) Baake Thursdays D02 35332
ENGL 5377: Writing Program Administration (applied theory) Lang Mondays D21 23272
ENGL 5381: Global Technical Communication (theory, applied theory) Rice Wednesdays D01 37835
ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication (applied theory) Lancaster Wednesdays D01 36632
ENGL 5393: Grants and Proposals for the Academy and Industry (applied theory) Eaton Mondays D19 37917

May Workshop (daily 5/22 - 6/4, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

These two courses are only available to students attending the 2-week May workshop.

Course Title Instructor Days/Times CRN
ENGL 5377: Archival Research Methods (applied theory, methods) Selzer King 1:30-5:30 p.m. daily 36680
ENGL 5365 New Media Rhetoric (theory, applied theory) Faris 1:30-5:30 p.m. daily 25310


ENGL 5365: New Media Rhetoric (Faris, May Workshop)

This course is designed to introduce students to theoretical and practical complexities and practicalities of working with new media. We will discuss different formulations of what "new media" might mean while reading, listening to, and viewing a variety of important works about media from a variety of approaches. This section will pay particular attention to how media are material and embodied, and together we will practice composing with words, images, video, audio, and even analog materials. Drawing on both practice and theory, we will explore implications of new media for pedagogy, rhetorical action, and technical communication.

ENGL 5381: Global Technical Communication (Rice)

Technical communication addresses a wide range of communication problems in workplaces involving different religious, ethnic, educational, social backgrounds, and other cultural dimensions. The course examines how people from different countries and cultures communicate and perceive the world. As cultures around the world are increasingly impacted by globalization, it is important that technical and professional communicators understand complexities of cultural communication. As such, this course provides an overview of how differing worldviews, values, attitudes, and behaviors can influence our work.

ENGL 5377: Booms, Busts, and Dust: Writings About Texans (Baake)

This course will examine various historical and present day writings about Texas culture and its environment, particularly relating to the oil industry, water issues, and agriculture. We will examine various writing genres to ask how Texans and non-Texans have understood the state's unique business and environmental history. Course material will include novels in which Texas farmers and ranchers face drought and other hardships, a memoir of a young girl growing up in the oil fields, folk tales and songs, and essays and magazine articles about the rise and fall of several colorful and notorious Texas businessmen. We will also consider technical and planning texts that look toward future environmental challenges that Texans face. Students will participate in class discussions and write response papers to the literary, technical, and historical documents, as well develop a research project of their choosing.

While Texas is the content center of the course, the themes we will explore about environmental challenges, culture, and history apply broadly to any human society.

Required books (subject to change before the course starts)

Author Title Year published Publisher/ISBN
William Ashworth Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the High Plains 2006 The Countryman Press
Elmer Kelton The Time It Never Rained 2008 Forge Books
Mary King Quincie Bolliver 1941/2001 Texas Tech University Press
George Sessions Perry Hold Autumn in Your Hand 1999 U of New Mexico Press
Americo Paredes With His Pistol in His Hand 1970 University of Texas Press

ENGL 5377:  Archival Research Methods (Selzer King)

Archival research examines counter-narratives of everyday experience, structural relations of inequality, and the social contexts of knowledge production by challenging authoritative claims from scientific, governmental, and other dominant entities. In this course, we will examine theoretical frameworks and methodologies for bringing this perspective into the study of rhetoric and technical communication. During the on-site residency of May Seminar, we will partner with the archives maintained at Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center to uncover primary materials, conduct contextual and complimentary research, and develop preliminary analytic perspectives of artifacts we discover there. This rich and dynamic collection can support research in many directions including technical communication, visual rhetoric, rhetoric of health/health communication, organizational rhetoric, intercultural communication, public relations, rhetorical historiography, and critical rhetoric. At the end of this course you will have acquired practical skills for executing archival research and archival data management and you will have composed a research paper nearing readiness for submission to an academic conference.

For more information about the Vietnam Center please see http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu .
You may also review http://archivalmethods.blogspot.com to see materials from the last time I taught this seminar. Please note that the course structure and reading list will differ since this blog documents an online course and the class in Summer 2016 will have an onsite component.

If you are wondering how your research interests fit into this archival methods seminar collaboration with the Vietnam Center, please feel free to contact me directly by e-mail at as.king@ttu.edu.

ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication (Lancaster)

This graduate course will address theoretical and practical issues related to scholarly writing and publishing in the 21st century. A broad array of genres will be addressed, including peer-reviewed articles, scholarly monographs (books), edited collections, and book reviews, although the main focus will be on peer-reviewed journal articles. The course will host guest editors to share with students their perspectives on scholarly publishing. Students can expect to learn practical advice on how to get published and to discuss recent trends and changes in scholarly publishing. Although the course is based in the English department, our focus is truly interdisciplinary.

ENGL 5373: Technical Manuals (Baehr)

This graduate-level course provides an overview of the processes involved in developing instructional materials for a professional setting, including user and task analysis, learning methods, Web-based training development, training in asynchronous and synchronous environments, single-sourcing, and assessment methods. It covers theoretical aspects of learning styles, instructional architectures, instructional design principles, user experience, and online pedagogy, as well as the practical aspects of using learning objects and instructional tools. And finally we'll look at best practices, examples and methods for online instructional delivery in a variety of forms. Coursework will involve developing two major projects, an instructional video tutorial and an online instructional reference, a portfolio, and a few short assignments.