I received a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota in May 2019. Through the Department of Writing Studies at the U, the Department of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas, and the School of Communication at Metropolitan State University, I have taught first-year composition, rhetorics of technology, and technical & professional writing with an emphasis in design thinking. I am a big advocate for the connectivist approach to teaching and learning. I encourage students to utilize various tools and strategies to connect with resources that are helpful to their individual projects and collaborate with those who share similar interests. I believe in the cliche that no one knows everything but everyone knows something, and together we can achieve more.
I was a researcher affiliated with the Wearables Research Collaboratory. I investigated the sociocultural aspects of emerging wearable teachnologies and their effects on private, public, and educational sectors. I deployed devices like Google Glass, Google Cardboard, Ricoh Theta 360, and other gadgets to examine the usefulness of wearable technologies in different learning contexts. With Joe Moses, I am working to conceptualize a project management model (powered by design thinking) to writing pedagogy across disciplines.
My recent works include the following:
- 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.
- Tham, J. (2017). Wearable writing: Enriching student peer reviews through point-of-view video feedback using Google Glass. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(1), 22-55.
- Duin, A.H., Moses, J. McGrath, M., & Tham, J. (2016). Wearable computing, wearable composing: New dimensions in composition pedagogy. Computers and Composition Online. Retrieved from http://cconlinejournal.org/wearable/
- Tham, J. (2015). Through Glass: Reframing technical communication practices via Google Glass. Intercom, 62(2), 32-34.
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.
When not teaching or writing, I’m usually found reading, running, or binge-watching detective or comedy TV with my partner.
PhD in Rhetoric & Scientific & Technical Communication, Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics, University of Minnesota, 2019 (Defended February 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.