Dr. Tham's research interests include design thinking, user experience (UX) & usability studies, collaboration, multimodality, and technical communication pedagogy. He is currently editing an open-access collection on keywords and concepts in maker culture and design thinking. He is also co-authoring a book on UX writing that features content strategy workflow and design thinking methods.
PhD University of Minnesota
Tham, J. (Ed.) (2022). Keywords in design thinking: A lexical primer for technical communicators and designers. WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.
Andrews, D. & Tham, J. (2021). Designing technical and professional communication: Strategies for the global community. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Tham, J. (2021). Design thinking in technical communication: Solving problems through making and collaboration. ATTW Book Series. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Moses, J. & Tham, J. (2021). Collaborative writing playbook: An instructor's guide to designing writing projects for student teams. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.
Tham, J. (2022). Instructional design pedagogy in technical and professional communication.
Technical Communication Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2022.2130991
Tham, J., & Jiang, J. (2022). Examining multimodal community-engaged projects for technical and professional communication: Motivation, design, technology, and impact. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/00472816221115141
Tham, J. (2022). Pasts and futures of design thinking: Implications for technical communication. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 65(2), 261–279.
Verhulsdonck, G., Howard, T., & Tham, J. (2021). Investigating the impact of design thinking, content strategy, and artificial intelligence: A “streams” approach for technical communication and UX. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00472816211041951
Tham, J. (2021). Design thinking in first-year composition: Writing social innovation into service-learning pedagogy. Currents in Teaching and Learning, 13(1), 11–24.
Duin, A.H., Tham, J., & Pedersen, I. (2021). The rhetoric, science, and technology of collaboration. In M. Klein (Ed.), Effective teaching of technical communication: Theory, practice, and application (pp. 169–192). Fort Collins/Boulder, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse/University Press of Colorado. http://wac.colostate.edu/docs/books/effective/chapter9.pdf
Tham, J. & Grace, W.R. (2020). Reading born-digital scholarship: A study of webtext user experience. Computers and Composition, 58. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102601
Duin, A.H. & Tham, J. (2020). The current state of analytics: Implications for learning management system (LMS) use in writing pedagogy. Computers and Composition, 55. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102544
Tham, J. (2018). Interactivity in an age of immersive media: Seven dimensions for wearable technology, internet of things, and technical communication. Technical Communication, 65(1), 46-65. (Winner of Frank R. Smith Best Article Award)
Undergraduate and graduate courses in UX research, information & document design, instructional design, online publishing, web design, interaction design, and digital rhetoric
Vice President, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
Mentor, TTU McNair Scholars Program
International Research Partner, Digital Life Institute. Ontario Tech University.
Book Review Editor, Composition Studies
Editorial Board Member, Computers and Composition; IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Xchanges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum
2020 Faculty Research Award, Department of English, TTU.
2020 Hermann's Lecture Series, Invited Speaker, University of Texas at Arlington.
2020 NCTE/CCCC Emergent Researcher Award.
2019 SIGDOC Career Advancement Research Award.
2019 Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article in Technical Communication. Society for Technical Communication.
2019 Research Grant. Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication.
Faculty Sponsor & Advisor, TTU Society for Technical Communication Student Chapter
Co-Advisor, Raider UI/UX, a student club for user experience designers and researchers
Technical Communication & Rhetoric