I am a doctoral candidate completing a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication at the University of Minnesota. Through the Department of Writing Studies, I teach first-year and advanced rhetoric and composition courses, as well as technical & professional writing with an emphasis in rhetorics of technologies and visual culture. I am a big proponent of a 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 hold fast to the saying that no one knows everything but everyone knows something. And, together we can achieve more.
I am currently a researcher affiliated with the Wearables Research Collaboratory, and I investigate the cultural and social aspects of emerging wearable teachnologies and their effects on private, public, and educational sectors. I deploy devices like Google Glass, Google Cardboard, Ricoh Theta 360, and other gadgets to examine the usefulness of wearable technologies in different learning contexts. I am also working on devising a rhetorical conception for virtual and augmented realities, namely virtual & augmented rhetorics. My recent works include the following:
- 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.
- Tham, J., McGrath, M., Moses, J., & Duin, A.H. (2016). Glass in class: Writing with Google Glass. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. Assignments Section, n. p.
- Tham, J. (2015). Through Glass: Reframing technical communication practices via Google Glass. Intercom, 62(2), 32-34.
- Duin, A.H., Moses, J. McGrath, M., & Tham, J. (2016). Wearable computing, wearable composing: New dimensions in composition pedagogy. Computers and Composition Online. n.p.
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 (I prefer outdoors > treadmills) or binging on TV with my partner.
PhD in Rhetoric & Scientific & Technical Communication, Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics, University of Minnesota, expected 2018
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