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Faculty in Technical Communication and Rhetoric


The technical communication program at Texas Tech is the largest in the country. Our faculty specialize in a wide range of topics, and they all teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Ken Baake

Office: English 363-B

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Associate Professor | PhD, New Mexico State University, 2000

Research interests
Stories and drought, metaphor, philosophy of science, rhetoric of science

Selected Publications

  • (2003). Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • (2013). The legacy of Charlie Flagg: Narratives of drought and overcoming the monster in West Texas Water Policy Debates. Texas Water Resources Institute/Texas Water Journal, 4(1), 78-92.
  • (2011). No longer bullying the Rhine: Giving narrative a place in flood management. With Kaempf, C. Environmental Communication 5(4), 428-446.
  • (2003). Archaology reports: When context becomes an active agent in the rhetorical process. Technical Communication Quarterly 12(4), 389-403.

Other achievements

  • Former journalist, former economist


  • Outstanding Dissertation in Technical and Scientific Communication 2001,From NCTE, Committee on Technical on Technical and Scientific Communication


Craig Baehr

Office: English 363-F

Professor | PhD, University of New Mexico, 2002

Research interests
Web design and development, content management, visual design, instructional design, technology theories.

Selected Publications

  • (2013). Special Issue: Sustainable practices for developing a body of knowledge.  Co-Editor with Hillary Hart. Technical Communication, 60(4).
  • (2012). Incorporating user appropriation, media richness and collaborative knowledge sharing into blended e-learning training. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 55(2), 175-184
  • (2012). Data mining—A hybrid methodology for complex and dynamic research.  With Lang, S. College Composition and Communication, 64(1), 172-194.
  • (2012). Hypertext theory: Rethinking and reformulating what we know in web 2.0. With Lang, S. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 42(1), 39-56.
  • (2010). Writing for the Internet. With Schaller, R. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press.
  • (2010). Assessing the value of corporate blogs: A social capital perspective. With K. Alex-Brown. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 53(4), 358-369.
  • (2010). Thinking visually: Heuristics for web site analysis and design, In S. Josephson, S. Barnes, & M. Lipton (eds.), Visualizing the Web: Evaluating Online Design from a Visual Communication Perspective (pp. 85-98).New York, NY: Peter Lang Press.
  • (2009). Web pages and writing for the web. In S. Pfeiffer & K.E. Adkins (eds), Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, 7th ed. New York: Longman.
  • (2007). Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach with companion Web site. New York: Prentice Hall.
  • (2005). Special Issue: Visual thinking, online documentation and hypertext. Co-Editor with John Logie. Technical Communication Quarterly, 14(1).

Other Achievements

  • Distinguished SIG Service Award, Society for Technical Communication, 2014.
  • Associate Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, 2013.
  • Community of Excellence Award, Academic SIG Program Manager, Society for Technical Communication, 2012 & 2013.
  • Distinguished Technical Communication Award, Society for Technical Communication, 2002.
  • Technical Writer/Editor, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1992-2002.


Kelli Cargile Cook

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Office: 363A

Professor | PhD Texas Tech University, 2000

Research interests
technical communication pedagogy, online writing pedagogy, web-based training, and technical communication program development and assessment

Selected publications

  • (2013). Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. With Grant-Davie, K. Farmingdale, NY: Baywood.
  • (2013). How can technical communicators develop as both students and professionals? With Cook, E., Minson, B., & Wilson. S. In Stuart Selber and Johndan Johnson-Eilola (Eds.) Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 98-120.Collection received CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication for Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication, 2014.
  • (2005). Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers. Baywood's Technical Communication Series. With Grant-Davie, K. Farmingdale, NY: Baywood. 336 pp.Received NCTE Award for Excellence for Best Collection in Technical and Scientific Communication, 2006.
  • (2007, Winter). Immersion in a digital pool: training prospective online instructors in online environments. Technical Communication Quarterly (Special issue on Online Teaching and Learning: Preparation, Development, and Organizational Communication. Ed. By Beth Hewett and Christa Ehrmann.) 16(1), 55-82.
  • (2002, Winter). Layered literacies: A theoretical frame for technical communication pedagogy. Technical Communication Quarterly 11(1), 5-29.

Other achievements

  • ATTW Fellow, April 2014Recipient of CPTSC's Distinguished Service Award, October 2013
  • President, ATTW, 2009-2011
  • President, CPTSC, 2006-08
  • Vice President, ATTW, 2007-2009
  • Secretary, CPTSC, 2002-2006
  • Teacher of the Year, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences of Utah State University 2005
  • Teacher of the Year, Humanities Division, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences of Utah State University, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year, English Department of Utah State University 2005


Joyce Locke Carter

Joyce Locke Carter


Phone: 806.834.6681806.834.6681
Office: English 363-C 

Associate Professor | PhD, University of Texas, 1997

Research interests
Computer-based instruction in English; history and theory of rhetoric; software development and design; hypertext theory and application; theory and practice of argumentation; the role of market-based economics in the formation and discourse of the communications fields (technical communication, rhetoric, composition); identity politics and rhetorics; rhetorics and economics

Selected publications

  • Carter, J. (2013). How Do Experts Read Application Letters? A Multi-Modal Study (ACM 978-1-4503-1497-8/12/10. ed.). ACM.
  • Carter, J. (2013). Texas Tech University's Online PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Programmatic Perspectives, 5(2), 15.
  • (2005). Editor, Market Matters: Applied Rhetoric Studies and Free Market Competition. New York, NY: Hampton Press.
  • (2008). Rhetoric, markets, and value creation: Notes towards a productive rhetoric. In E.C. Lewiston (ed.), How Language is Used to Do Business: Essays on the Rhetoric of Economics (pp. 1-30). New York, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
  • (2005). The role of the highlights video in usability testing: Rhetorical and generic expectations. With Yeats, D. Technical Communication, 52(2), 156-62. 
  • (2005). Mind the gap(s): Modeling space in online education. With Rickly, R. In Cargile Cook, K., & Grant-Davie, K., Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers (pp. 123-140). Farmingdale, NY: Baywood.

Other achievements

  • Chair rotation, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 2014-7 
  • Former CEO and software products developer, The Daedalus Group (educational software company).
  • Co-author of the award-winning Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment.
  • Chair and head juror, "Best Dissertation in Technical Communication" Award for the CCCC, 2009 and 2010.
  • Member of 3-year investigative committee: 2009-2012 CCCC Committee on LGBT/Q Issues


Sam Dragga


Office: Virtual via email, Lync, Skype, or GoToMeeting

Professor | PhD, Ohio University, 1982

Research interests
Editing, visual communication, international communication, ethics

Selected publications

  • (2013). User-centered engineering ethics curricula. With Lail, B., Williams, J., Small, N., Roof, D., & Lail, S. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 32(2), 59-65.
  • (2010 & 2012). Essentials of Technical Communication (1st & 2nd editions). With Tebeaux, E. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • (2011). Cooperation or compliance: Building dialogic codes of conduct. Technical Communication, 58(1), 4-18.
  • (2010) A Writer's Repertoire 1: Rhetoric and Writing. With Gong, G.Singapore: Cengage Learning.
  • (2010). A Writer's Repertoire 2: Aims and Purposes. With Gong, G. Singapore: Cengage Learning.
  • (2010). A Writer's Repertoire 3: Nuts and Bolts. With Gong, G. Singapore: Cengage Learning.
  • (2010). Guest Editor for Technical Communication Quarterly, 19(3), Special Issue on Positioning Programs in Professional and Technical Communication.
  • (2010). The ethical role of the technical communicator in assessment, dialogue, and the centrality of humanity. In M.N. Hundleby & J. Allen (eds.), Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication (pp. 225-228). Amityville: Baywood.
  • (2008). SARS versus atypical pneumonia: Inconsistencies in Hong Kong's public health warnings and disease-prevention campaign. In J.H. Powers & X. Xiaosui (eds.), The Social Construction of SARS: Studies of a Health Communication Crisis (pp. 53-68). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2006). Reporting Technical Information, 11th ed. With Tebeaux, E. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • (2003). Hiding humanity: Verbal and visual ethics in accident reports. With Voss, D. Technical Communication, 50(1), 61-82.
  • (2001). Cruel pies: The inhumanity of technical illustrations. With Voss, D. Technical Communication, 48(3), 265-274.

Other achievements

  • Series editor of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication.
  • Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • Recipient of STC's J. R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
  • Recipient of NCTE's Award for Best Book in Technical and Scientific Communication


Angela Eaton

Office: English 363-G

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Associate Professor | PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2003

Research interests
Technical communication pedagogy and practice, especially within online environments; quantitative research methods, grant and proposal writing.

Selected publications

  • (2010). Conducting research in technical editing. In A. Murphy (Ed.), New Perspectives on Technical Editing. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.(2008).
  • Mentoring undergraduates in the research process: Perspectives from the mentor and mentees. With Rothman, L., Melson Smith, J., Woody, R., Warren, C., Moore, J., Strosser, B., & Spinks, R. In M. Eble and L.L. Gaillet (Eds.), Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.
  • (2008). Workplace editing from the author's point of view: Results of an online survey. With Brewer, P., Davidson, C., & Portewig, T. Technical Communication, 55(2).
  • (2008). Comparing cultural perceptions of editing from the author's point of view. With Brewer, P., Davidson, C., & Portewig, T. Technical Communication, 55(2).


Michael Faris

Office: English 482

Assistant Professor | PhD Penn State, 2012

Research interests

Digital rhetoric and literacy practices, social media, digital privacy, mobile technologies, feminist and queer rhetorics, composition and technical communication pedagogy.

Selected publications

(2014). Coffee shop writing in a networked age. College Composition and Communication 66(1), 21-24.

(2013). iPads in the technical communication classroom: An empirical study of technology integration and use. with Selber, S. A. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 27(4), 359-408.

(2012). Deliberation in the midst of crisis. with Adams, H., Engels, J., Hawhee, D., & Hlavacik, M. Cultural Studies <==> Critical Methodologies 12(4), 333-341.

(2011). E-book issues in composition: A partial assessment and perspective for teachers. With Selber, S. A. Composition Forum 24. http://compositionforum.com/issue/24/ebook-issues.php. Reprinted in (2013). S. Parks, B. Glascott, B. Bailie, H. Christiansen, & S. White (eds.), The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals: 2011 (pp. 97-117). Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.

Other Achievements

Assistant Editor, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2013-present

Social Media Co-Coordinator, ATTW, 2013-present

CCCC Committee on the Status of Graduate Students, 2012-present

Miles A. Kimball

Phone: 806.834.6090
Office: English 363-E

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Professor | PhD, University of Kentucky, 1997

Research interests
History of technical communication; information graphics; web portfolios; visual rhetoric; visual communication; technical communication and culture.

Selected publications

  • (forthcoming, 2015). Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics. Ed. with Charles Kostelnick. Ashgate.
  • (forthcoming, 2015). “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: forthcoming.
  • (In progress, 2015). "Technical Communication: How a Few Great Companies Get It Done." A special issue of Technical Communication. With Jim Craig Baehr, Jim Dubinsky, and Lisa Meloncon.
  • (under consideration). "Tactical Technical Communication." A special issue of Technical Communication Quarterly.
  • (2013). Visual design principles: An empirical study of design lore. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 43.1. [2 citations]
  • (2013). “Mandatory Open Access Publishing for Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Ethics and Enthusiasm.” With Ann Hawkins and Maura Ives. Journal of Academic Librarianship 39.1: 32-60. [5 citations]
  • (2008). Document Design: Information Design for Technical Communicators. With Hawkins, A.R. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's. [22 citations]
  • (2007). London through rose-colored graphics: Charles Booth's maps of London poverty. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 36(4), 351–379. [11 citations]
  • (2006). Cars, culture, and tactical technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly, 15(1), 67–86. [17 citations]
  • (2006). Database e-portfolio systems: A critical appraisal. Computers & Composition, 22, 434–458. [50 citations]
  • (2004). A scholarly edition of 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. [3 citations]
  • (2003). The Web Portfolio Guide. New York, NY: Longman. [86 citations]

Other Achievements

  • Editor, Ashgate Series in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, & Culture
  • Former President, College English Association
  • Joe D. Thomas Distinguished Service Award, College English Association, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Wayland Baptist University, 2009
  • NCTE Award for Best Article on Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical and Scientific Communication, for "London through Rose-colored Graphics: Charles Booth's Maps of London Poverty," 2006.
  • Nomination: NCTE Award for Best Article on Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical and Scientific Communication, for “Visual Design Principles: An Empirical Study of Design Lore,” 2014 (to be announced March 2015)


Dr. Amy Koerber

Amy Koerber

Associate Chair for Technical Communication and Rhetoric


Office: English 363-D

Professor | PhD, University of Minnesota, 2002

Research interests
Health communication, rhetoric of science and technology, women's studies, internet studies

Selected Publications

  • (2013). Breast or Bottle: Contemporary Controversies in Infant-Feeding Policy and Practice. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.
  • (2012). Diversity and the flexible subject in the language of spousal/partner hiring policies. In E. Flynn, P. Sotrin, & A. Brady (eds.), Feminist Rhetorical Resilience, (pp. 116-138). Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press.
  • (2012). The concept of choice as phallusy: A few reasons why we could not agree more. With Booher, A., & Rickly, R. Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, 2(2).
  • (2012). Evaluating the effectiveness of a network of communication channels: Lessons learned from a communication survey in technical communication programs. With Popham, S., Arduser, L., Cargile Cook, K., Hovde, M.R., Mogull, S.A., & Zemliansky, P. Programmatic Perspectives, 4.(1).
  • (2012). Breastfeeding and problematic integration: Results of a focus-group study. With Brice, L., & Tombs, E. Health Communication, 27(2), 124-144.
  • (2011). Using NVivo to answer the challenges of qualitative research in professional communication: Benefits and best practices. With Hoover, R.S. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 54(1), 68-82.

Other Achievements

  • Editor, Technical Communication Quarterly


Susan M. Lang

Director of First Year Writing

Office: English 488

Professor | PhD, Emory University, 1992

Research Interests
first-year writing program development, assessment, data and text mining, Web 2.0/hypertext theory, instructional design, faculty engagement

Selected Publications

  • (2013). Redevelop, redesign, and refine: Expanding the functionality and scope of TTOPIC into Raider Writer. With Hudson, R. In G. Pullman & B. Gu (eds.), Designing Web-Based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms (pp. 37-49). Amityville, NY: Baywood Press.
  • (2012). Data mining—A hybrid methodology for complex and dynamic research. With Baehr, C. College Composition and Communication, 64(1), 172–194.
  • (2012). Hypertext theory: Rethinking and reformulating what we know, web 2.0. With Baehr, C. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 42(1), 39–56.
  • (2010). Response to Catherine Gouge's "Conversation at a critical moment: Hybrid courses and the future of writing programs." College English, 72(5), 554–558.
  • (2009). Electronic plagiarism checkers: Barriers to developing an academic voice. With Gillis, K., Norris, M., & Palmer, L. The WAC Journal, 20, 51–62.

Selected Invited Speaking Engagements

  • (2013, July). Dynamic and immediate assessment: The "New Normal" of writing programs. Presentation at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • (2014, January). What writing programs have to gain from big data. Keynote at USF's Big Data and Writing Studies Colloquium, Tampa, FL.
  • (2012, November). From page to stage: US/Bulgarian new drama development workshop. Sponsored by The American Embassy in Bulgaria; The Art Office, and The Drama League of New York. Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • (2011, October). Online auctions and the future of fundraising for non-profits. The Foundation Center, New York, NY.
  • (2010, November). Philanthropy, the American model for fundraising, and serving on arts boards. Presentation given at Theatre in America: Opportunities for International Cooperation. The American Embassy in Bulgaria; The Art Office, The American Corner, Sofia City Library.
  • (2010, October). The art of serving on arts boards. The Foundation Center, New York, NY.


Kristen Moore


Office: English 426http://www.kristenmoore.org/

Assistant Professor | PhD, Purdue University, 2012

Research interests
Technical communication in the public sphere with a particular interest in public participation, transportation, and urban planning; institutional rhetorics; minority rhetorics; digital pedagogies

Selected Publications

  • (2013). TimeTalk: Mentoring undergraduate women on the power of small changes. With Sullivan, P. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 43(3), 333-354.
  • (2013). Exposing the hidden relations: Storytelling, pedagogy, and the writing of policy. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 43(1), 63-78.
  • (2013). Going multimodal: Programmatic, curricular, and classroom change. With McKee, H., Lewiecki-Wilson, C., Alexander, P., Polak, M., Landrum, D., Fedescko, W. Patterson, G., & Dubisar, A. In T. Bowen & C. Whithaus (eds.), Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions (pp. 282-312). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • (2010). Bored and lost in virtual worlds. With Pflugfelder, E. Learning, Media and Technology, 35(2), 249-253.


Dr. Rich Rice

Rich Rice

Office: English 472

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Associate Professor | PhD, Ball State University, 2002

Research interests
contemporary composition and rhetoric, new media and professional writing, TA training, portfolio assessment, distance education, service-learning

Selected publications

  • (2013). ePortfolio Performance Support Systems: Constructing, Presenting, and Assessing Portfolios. Perspectives on Writing. Co-editor with Wills, K.V. Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/eportfolios
  • (2006). Portfolio keeping: A guide for students. With Reynolds, N. 2/e. NY: Bedford.
  • (2006). Portfolio teaching: A guide for teachers of college writing courses. With Reynolds, N. 2/e. NY: Bedford.
  • (2013). Mobile medicine practice. With Brandt, R. In Z. L. Berge & L. Y. Muilenburg (eds.). Handbook of mobile learning. New York: Routledge.
  • (2013). Constructing new mediated knowledge in the process of writing for life. In G. Desai (ed.). The virtual transformation of the public sphere: Knowledge, politics, identity (pp. 246-257). New Delhi, India: Routledge.
  • (2013). 'Smart' connect-exchange intercultural study abroad models. Connexions: International Professional Communication Journal, 1(1), 105-110. http://connexionsjournal.org/special-issues/1-1.
  • (2012). Transcoded remediation and convergence: Spectacle, sleaze, and bollywood dreams in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. With Batra, K. In S. Ponzanesi & M. Waller (eds.). Postcolonial cinema studies (pp. 205-217). Oxford, England: Routledge.
  • (2012). ePortfolios and the communicative intellect in online education. In S. Kelsey & K. St. Amant (eds.). Computer mediated communication: Issues and approaches in education (pp. 62-73). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Dr. Becky Rickly

Rebecca Rickly

Office: English 489

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Professor | PhD, Ball State University, 1995

Research interests
Gender and communication, online and oral discourse analysis, methods and methodology, theories of rhetoric(s), and literacy issues.

Selected publications

  • (2010). Performing Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Co-editor with K. Ratcliffe. New York, NY: Hampton Press.
  • (2008). The importance of harmony: An ecological metaphor for writing research. With Fleckenstein, K., Spinuzzi, C., & Papper, C.C. College Composition and Communication, 60(2), 388-419.
  • (2007). Messy contexts:  Research as a rhetorical situation. In DeVoss, D.N. & McKee, H.A. (eds.), Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues (pp. 377-397). New York, NY: Hampton Press.Winner of the 2007 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award
  • (2006). Distributed teaching, distributed learning: Integrating technology and criteria-driven assessment into the delivery of first year composition. In K.B. Yancy (ed.), Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon (pp. 183-198). Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook.
  • (2005). Mind the gap(s): Modeling space in online education.  In Cargile Cook, K., & Grant-Davie, K. (eds.), Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers (pp. 123-139). Farmingdale, NY: Baywood.
  • (1999). The gender gap in computers and composition research: Must boys be boys? Computers and Composition, 16(2), 121-140.
  • (1999). Promotion, tenure, and technology: Do we get what we deserve? In T. Howard, D. Goswami, & R. Gooch (eds.), Electronic Networks: Crossing Boundaries/Creating Communities. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann-Boynton Cook.
  • (1998). Reflection and responsibility in (cyber)tutor training: Seeing ourselves clearly on and off the screen. In E. Hobson (ed.), Wiring the Writing Center (pp. 44-61). Salt Lake City, UT: Utah State University Press.Winner of the NWCA 1999 Scholarship Award

Other achievements

  • Member of CCCC and ATTW Research Committees
  • Chair of the Instructional Technology Committee of NCTE (three year appointment)
  • Member of ACE, CCCC Committee on Computers and Composition, and ACW
  • Tier I and II reviewer, CCCC


Abigail Selzer King

Office: English 474

Assistant Professor | PhD, Purdue University, 2013

Research Interests
Organizing and rhetoric, especially as these topics connect more broadly to the communication of identities, genders, nationalisms, and meanings of work

Selected Publications

  • (2012). The authoritative metaphor and social change: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's direct mailer, "Understanding AIDS." With Jensen, R. E. Health Communication, 1-11.
  • (2011). Drawing Paul Revere as a Klansman: Image, rhetoric, and anachronistic arguments for legitimacy. Visual Communication Quarterly, 18(1), 31–42.
  • (2011). Using signals for appropriate feedback: Perceptions and practices. With Tanes, Z., Arnold, K.E., & Remnet, M.A. Computers & Education, 57(4), 2414–2422.
  • (2010). On the role of topical potential in the concluding stage: A Pragma-Dialectical case study of Lysias I on the death of Eratosthenes. With Polcar, L. E. Argumentation and Advocacy, 46(4), 214–225.


Brian Still

Office: English 473http://www.brianstill.com/

Associate Professor | PhD, University of South Dakota, 2005

Research interests
User Experience, User-Centered Design, Culture and Technology, Complex Systems Theory, Open Source Software, Entrepreneurism, Invention, Technology Development and Licensing



  • Correlating pupil position to gaze location within a Scene (Calibration claims), App. No.: PCT/US13/60064, CR Ref. No.: 7090-00901, Priorities, US 61/705,724, filed September 26, 2012, US 14/023,942 filed September 11, 2013.
  • Correlating pupil position to gaze location within a scene (Headset claims). App. No.: PCT/US13/60059, CR Ref. No.: 7090-00802, Priorities, US 61/705,724, filed September 26, 2012, US 14/023,780, filed September 11, 2013.

Software and Hardware

  • EyeGuide Visualize and Analyze Software, 2013 (live remote viewing and eye tracking analytic software)
  • EyeGuide Mobile Tracker, 2013 (mobile eye tracking research system)
  • Grinbath EG, 2012 (wearable eye tracking and control system)
  • EyeGuide Assist (mouse-replacement, eye tracking cursor-control software for assistive purposes)
  • EyeGuide Capture Software, 2011 (calibration and realtime API software)


  • Certified User Experience Professional (licensed by Texas Tech University), 2009

Selected Publications


  • Usability of Complex Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction. Co-edited with Michael J. Albers. CRC Press (Taylor & Francis), 2010.
  • Online Intersex Communities: Virtual Neighborhoods of Support and Activism. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2008.
  • Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives. Co-edited with Kirk St. Amant. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2007.

Selected Refereed Articles

  • "Bodystorming with Hawkins' Block: Toward a New Methodology for Mobile Media Design." Co-Authored with Brett Oppeggard. Mobile Media & Communication. 1.3 (2013) 356-372.
  • "The Blank-Page Technique: Reinvigorating Paper Prototyping in Usability Testing." IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 53.2 (2010): 144-157.
  • "Listening to Students: A Usability Evaluation of Instructor Commentary." Co-authored with Amy Koerber. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 24.2 (2010): 206-233.
  • "A Dozen Years After Open Source's 1998 Birth, It's Time for OpenTechComm." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 40.2 (2010): 219-228.
  • "Talking to Students: Evaluating the Use of Embedded Voice Commenting for Critiquing Student Writing." Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 20.4 (2006): 460-475.
  • "Internal Cultural Barriers to E-Commerce Implementation: A Case Study of How Ineffective Leadership Doomed XYZ's Online Transaction System." Co-authored with Kirk St. Amant.

Service Awards and Honors

  • Emily K. Schlesinger Award, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). (July 15, 2009).


Greg Wilson

Office: English 312D

Assistant Professor | PhD, New Mexico State University, 2001

Research interests
Innovation (how messy problems become clear ideas and useful technologies), technical and professional communication, rhetoric of science, cultural studies, ethnography in technical settings, interdisciplinary problem solving.

Selected publications

  • (2015) Agency and Interactive Data Displays: Internet Graphics as Co-Created Rhetorical Spaces. With Rawlins, J. D. Technical Communication Quarterly. 24.2.
  • (2013) Arguing for Torture: Using Articulation Theory to Understand the Cultural and Ideological Work of George W. Bush's Military Commissions Speech. Enculturation; a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture. 16. Online.
  • (2011) Talking sustainability: Identification and Division in an Iowa Community. With Herndl, C. G., Goodwin, J., Honeycutt, L., Graham, S. S. and Niedergeses, D. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. 35(4), 436-61.
  • (2009) The Two-Semester Thesis Model: Emphasizing Research in Undergraduate Technical Communication Curricula. With Dyke Ford, J., and Bracken, J. L. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 39(4), 433-53.
  • (2007) Information Integration for Complex Systems. With Wilson, A., and McNamara, L. Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 92, 121-130.
  • (2007) Boundary Objects as Rhetorical Exigence: Knowledge Mapping and Interdisciplinary Cooperation at Los Alamos National Laboratory. With Herndl, C. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 21, 129-154.
  • (2006) Statistical Methods in Counterterrorism. Co-editors with Wilson, A., and Olwell, D.H. NY: Springer.
  • (2003) The Big Chill: A Conversation with Seven Professionals Ten Years After They Graduated with Master's Degrees in Technical Communication. With Dyke Ford, J. Technical Communication. 50(2), 145-159.
  • (2001) Technical Communication and Late Capitalism: Considering a Postmodern Technical Communication Pedagogy. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 15(1), 72-99.

Other achievements

  • Board member and past president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST).
  • Researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 2001-2009.
  • Corporate advisory board member for New Mexico Tech's Technical Communication Program 2003-2008.


Dr. Sean Zdenek

Sean Zdenek

Director of Graduate Studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Office: English 487http://seanzdenek.com/

Associate Professor | PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

Research interests
Disability studies, web accessibility, deaf studies, sound studies, closed captioning, rhetorical and textual criticism.

Selected publications

  • (Forthcoming Spring 2015). Reading Sounds: Accessing Popular Culture Through the Lens of Closed-Captioned Media. Under contract. The University of Chicago Press. http://readingsounds.net
  • (2014). More than mere transcription: Closed captioning as an artful practice. User Experience Magazine, 14(1).http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/uxmagazine/more-than-mere-transcription/ 
  • (2011). Personal reflections on the educational potential and future of closed captioning on the web. In J. Aitken, J. Pedego Fairley, and J. K. Carlson (eds.), Communication Technology for Students in Special Education or Gifted Programs (pp.221-229). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • (2011). Which sounds are significant? Towards a rhetoric of closed captioning. Disability Studies Quarterly, 31(3). http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/1667/1604
  • (2009). Accessible podcasting: College students on the margins in the new media classroom. Computers & Composition Online. http://tinyurl.com/ccof09
  • (2009). Charting a course between methodological formalism and eclecticism: Pedagogical tensions in three rhetorical analysis textbooks. The Review of Communication, 9(2), 188-211.
  • (2008). Muted voices: Cochlear implants, news discourse, and the public fascination with curing deafness. In B. Johnstone & C. Eisenhart (eds.), Rhetoric in Detail: Discourse Analytic Approaches to Rhetorical Talk and Text (pp. 147-171). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2007). 'Just roll your mouse over me': Designing virtual women for customer service on the web. Technical Communication Quarterly, 16(4), 397-430.
  • (2007). Frozen ecstasy: Visualizing hearing in marketing materials for cochlear implants. Proceedings of the 25th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (SIGDOC '07). El Paso, TX, 22-24 October. 241-248.


Additional department faculty with specializations in linguistics, critical theory, and science and literature also offer courses appropriate for students in technical communication and rhetoric and serve on dissertation committees. The interdisciplinary study of writing is also supported by courses in the departments of psychology, management information systems, communication studies, education, and mass communication.