Hello!

I am an assistant professor of technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University on the indigenous land of Comanche. I co-direct the User Experience (UX) Lab in the Department of English and teach courses in UX research, information design, and digital rhetorics. I am faculty sponsor to the TTU Society for Technical Communication student chapter and co-advisor to the Raider UI/UX organization, an undergraduate student club interested in UX design and research.

I hold a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota. My dissertation involved a study of makerspaces and the cultivation of a maker pedagogy for technical communication studies. Between 2015-2019, I was a researcher affiliated with the Wearables Research Collaboratory at Minnesota. I investigated the sociocultural aspects of wearable technologies and embodied devices to examine their applications in various learning contexts. For this work, I was inducted as a research partner in the Digital Life Institute, an international research collective hosted at Ontario Tech University, Canada.

Jason Tham's book, Design thinking in technical communication, published by Routledge, ATTW book series.

My books, Design Thinking in Technical Communication (Routledge/T&F), Collaborative Writing Playbook (Parlor Press, coauthored with Joe Moses), and Designing Technical and Professional Communication (Routledge/T&F, coauthored with Deborah Andrews) focus on the application of design thinking mindsets in professional practice and writing pedagogy. Currently, I am working on an edited collection on design thinking keywords and a textbook on user experience (UX) writing. See my projects page for details.

My recent publications include the following:

I am continually intrigued by the impact of technologies on our personal, professional, and social lives, and I strive to better understand how we might facilitate better living and learning through these technologies.

Outside of work, I enjoy working out, cooking, running, and parenting an affectionate cat and two very energetic puppers with my partner.

Education Background

PhD in Rhetoric & Scientific & Technical Communication, Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics, University of Minnesota, 2019.
MA in English: Rhetoric & Writing, St. Cloud State University, 2014.
MS in Mass Communication: Advertising & Public Relations, St. Cloud State University, 2014.
BS in Mass Communication: Advertising, Minors in Communication Studies and Psychology, St. Cloud State University, 2011.