Texas Tech University

Kelli Cargile Cook

Professor & Chairperson
Professional Communication

Email: kelli.cargile-cook@ttu.edu

Phone: +1.806.834.2883

Research: Professional, corporate & organizational, user experience, crisis & risk, global & international

Office: 917

Ph.D., Texas Tech University
M.A., University of North Texas
B.A., University of North Texas

Social Media: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelli.cargilecook

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Biography

Kelli Cargile Cook is a Professor and Founding Chairperson of the Department of Professional Communication Department at Texas Tech University. Prior to this appointment, she served as Professor and Director of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech and as Associate Professor at Utah State University. Currently, she is working on a co-edited collection with Kate Crane; the collection is titled User Experience as Innovative Academic Practice. She is also working on a book project, tentatively titled Threaded Conversations: How 20th Century Weavers Used Professional Communication to Reinvigorate Their Craft. This project examines how five women used letters, newsletters, tutorials, workshops, and other professional communication to introduce weaving to a new generation of American weavers.

Her scholarship has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly, Technical Communication, the Journal for Technical Writing and Communication, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Programmatic Perspectives. She co-edited two collections on online education in technical communication: Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication (2013) and Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers (2005). The 2005 collection received the NCTE Award for Excellence for Best Collection in Technical and Scientific Communication, 2006. She co-authored The Agile Communicator with Craig Baehr and co-edited a special issue of the Journal for Technical Writing and Communication on Graduate Preparation for Research with Rebecca Rickly. Additionally, she is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication.

Research

Professional Communication Program Development and Assessment; Professional Communication Pedagogy, including online instruction; Research methods

Methodologies

  • User-experience methods
  • Qualitative methods

Research Areas

  • Professional communication
  • Corporate & organizational
  • Crisis & risk
  • Global & international

Selected Publications

  • Bivens, K., & Cargile Cook, K. (2018.) Coordinating distributed memory: an environmental engineer's proposal writing process using a product calculator. Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Retrieved March 7, 2018, from https://doi.org/10.1177/1050651918762028

  • Cargile Cook, K., & Rickly, R. (2017). Graduate preparation for research. Special issue of the Journal for Technical Writing and Communication 47 (2). 119-253.
  • Grover, S. D., Cargile Cook, K., Harris, H.S., & DePew, K.E. (August 2017). Develop, design, deliver: teaching graduate students to teach writing online. Technical Communication Quarterly 23(3). 242-255. (Special issue on Professional Development for Online Technical Communication Educators: Continuing the Conversation.) Ed. B.L. Hewett and T. Bourelle.
  • Rickly, R., & Cargile Cook, K. (2017). Failing forward: training graduate students for research. Journal for Technical Writing and Communication 47 (2). 119-129. (Special issue on Graduate preparation for research.) Ed. by K. Cargile Cook & R. Rickly.

  • Baehr, C., & Cargile Cook, K. (2017). The Agile Communicator: Principles and Practices in Technical Communication, 2e. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. 431 pp.

  • Cargile Cook, K. & Grant-Davie, K. (2013). Online Education 2.0: Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication. Farmingdale, NY: Baywood.

  • Cargile Cook, K., & Grant-Davie, K. (2005). Online Education: Global Questions, Local Answers. Baywood's Technical Communication Series. Farmingdale, NY: Baywood. 336 pp. Received NCTE Award for Excellence for Best Collection in Technical and Scientific Communication, 2006. 

Teaching Focus

  • PCOM 3373: Business Communication
  • MCOM 5316: Communication in Organizations
  • MCOM 5364: Research Methods
  • MCOM 6050: Master's Report

Leadership & Awards

  • Department Chairperson, Professional Communication
  • Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication
  • Education 2020 Fellow
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • 2014 Distinguished Service Award
  • Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication 2013