Texas Tech University

TCR Graduate Courses, Summer 2018

Online Courses June 5 - August 8 (6 ~ 9 p.m.)

Course Title Instructor Days Section CRN
ENGL 5369: Photography and Rhetoric


 Wilson  Monday    

ENGL 5377: Organizing Protest: Rhetorical approaches to social movement research

(applied theory and methods)

 Selzer King  Tuesday    

ENGL 5387: Publication Management


 Baehr  Wednesday    

 ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication


 Gerdes  Thursday    

May Seminar Courses -Summer I Only - June 5 - July 7

These courses are only available to online PhD students or onsite student attending the 2-week May workshop. 

Course Title Instructor Days/Times CRN

ENGL 5386: Rhetoric, Technical Communication, and the Story of Cotton

(applied theory)

(1st year students)

Baake & Wolford TBA  

ENGL 5377: User Experience Architecture

(applied theory and methods)

(2nd+ year students)

Cargile Cook  TBA  


5369 Rhetoric and Photography, Summer 2018

This course will examine the ways that photographs function rhetorically—how they convey meaning, how they might function as arguments, how they might be read as arguments, how they might function as persuasive evidence, and how they simultaneously function as a documentation of truth and a kairotic, conscious framing, composition, and artistic re-presentation of events.

Readings will likely include selections from Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others; Roland Barthe's Camera Lucida and Image, Music, Text; Cara Finnegan's Picturing Poverty; Errol Morris's Believing is Seeing; Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites' No Caption Needed, and rhetorical articles on photography and material composition.

Assignments will be cool. We will likely complete one or more photo essays with substantive scholarly writing to accompany those projects. We will likely do rhetorical analyses of historical or contemporary photos. We will likely do investigations of photographers and their work/processes.

ENGL 5386: Rhetoric, Technical Communication, and the Story of Cotton

This course centers on the rhetoric of scientific case studies in agriculture and other environmental issues in West Texas. Specifically, we will be studying the many dimensions of cotton farming here on the South Plains and analyze the kinds of technical communication and rhetorical discourse that forged this enormous local and global industry. This is not a sit-in-the-classroom-all-day kind of course. To look at the cultural, economic, environmental, historical, and research impacts of cotton, student groups will visit local sites they may including a cotton gin, one of TTU's soil research farms, the local agriculture museum, a cotton farm, and the TTU Climate Science Center. There will be an archival research opportunity to study cotton's complex, sometimes sordid cultural history and that influence still felt today.

Readings will focus on the history of Texas cotton and the global impacts of cotton and its products. We will likely read texts such as The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy and Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber. We will point you toward specific documentaries and news stories about the cotton industry for reference.

Our goal for this course is to help you understand both the science of cotton farming and the rhetorical arguments that cotton makes, which affect and even determine many lives of West Texans and people all over the world. The course will take an archeological research approach, using cotton as a focus for exploring rhetoric, narrative, and technical writing found in various stratas of human knowledge--such as the historical, economic, agricultural, cultural, and technological. Your main assignment will be an in-depth rhetorical analysis of one aspect of the cotton industry, then writing up your findings in some form (a paper, a multimedia presentation, a collection of interviews, etc.) and presenting these analyses to your May Seminar colleagues at the end of the Seminar's second week.

ENGL 5387: Publications Management

This graduate level course covers strategies of process and knowledge management that support the document publication cycle in a professional setting. Specific work assignments involve content development for both print and online documents, including static and dynamic Web site content. It addresses key issues in publication project management, including process maturity, content models and units, project plan development, single-sourcing strategies, and methods of tracking and assessment. Specific tools and technologies covered in this course include XML, CSS, XSLT and working with content management systems. Your work for the course will involve the development of a documentation project and deliverables related to the management, scheduling, progress, and presentation of this project.

ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication

The goal of this graduate course is for students to ready an article draft for submission to a scholarly journal, or to advance another professional manuscript for publication. It is highly recommended that you select a project before the semester begins, since you will be expected to revise your manuscript for a suitable publication venue. We will discuss how article writing differs from writing for other scholarly and professional genres, including seminar papers, dissertation chapters, book reviews, book chapters/edited collections, and scholarly monographs. Students will learn how to plan longer projects, decide where to submit a manuscript, and respond to reviewer feedback. We will analyze both published work and drafts in earlier stages (and the connections between them). Please contact me at kendall.gerdes@ttu.edu if you have questions about selecting a project.