Texas Tech University

TCR Graduate Courses, Summer 2017

Long Summer Online Courses: June 6 - August 9 (6 - 9 p.m.)

Course Title Instructor Day
5390: Writing for Publication (applied) Lang M
5376: Online Publishing (applied) Baehr T
5377:Failed Rhetorical Agents: Rhetoric and Posthumanism (theory) Gerdes W
5374: Technical Editing (applied) Eaton R
5381: Global Technical Communication (theory/applied theory) Rice R

Summer I Courses: June 6 - July 3

These courses are only available to online PhD students still in coursework who will attend the May Workshop.

Course Title Instructor Days/Times
5365: New Media (theory/applied theory) - 1st years Faris TBD
5377: Archival Research Methods (methods/theory) - 2nd years Selzer King TBD
5390: Writing for Publication (applied) - 3rd+ years Wilson TBD


ENGL 5365: New Media (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 5377: Archival Research Methods (Selzer King, May Workshop)

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.

ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication (Wilson, May Workshop) & (Lang, Summer)

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 covered, including peer-reviewed articles, scholarly monographs (books), edited collections, webtexts, and book reviews. Students can expect to learn practical advice on how to get published and to discuss recent trends and changes in scholarly publishing. Although the field of technical communication will be our primary focus, we will also consider scholarly writing and publishing more broadly across the disciplines.

ENGL 5376: Online Publishing (Baehr, Summer)

This graduate-level course provides an overview of the practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective online documents and Web sites. Specifically, our work will focus on process and planning, content development, site structure, navigation, visual design, interface design, usability, and accessibility. The course covers practical skills with various software tools and scripting languages, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript and DHTML. Assignments primarily focus on developing Web sites using a variety of tools and development methods. And finally, the course addresses several core issues in hypertext theory such as digital literacy, authorship, credibility, and digital rhetoric.

ENGL 5374: Technical Editing (Eaton, Summer)

Students will learn how to edit technical documents, from proofreading for errors at the surface to ensuring that the document contains appropriate content, organization, and visuals for its audiences. Students will also learn how to use traditional editing marks, editing functions within word processors, and principles of layout and design. Finally, students will learn about the profession of editing and develop pieces to support their careers; they will finish an extensive copyediting test, learn to edit resumes and graduate school applications, review research done in the field, edit non-native speakers of English, edit an extensive professional piece, and choose a final project based on their career goals.

ENGL 5377: Failed Rhetorical Agents: Rhetoric and Posthumanism (Gerdes, Summer)

The Roman rhetorician Quintilian argued that rhetoric is the province of a "good man speaking well." In recent years, rhetoricians have worked to expand the scope described by rhetoric from individualist or even agentive speech and writing to include those forces and effects that exceed symbolic meaning alone. This "posthuman" turn has broadened the horizons of what counts as rhetoric, and who counts as a rhetorical agent. This course will consider how "failed" rhetorical agents, from animals to machines, from the dead to the divine, challenge and change humanist conceptions of rhetorical agency. Participants will always be on the lookout for the inventive potential of rhetorics advanced by unlikely rhetors. Students will write short weekly reading responses and 3-4 artifact papers.

ENGL 5381: Global Technical Communication (Rice, Summer)

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.