I am completing a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication at the University of Minnesota. Through the Department of Writing Studies at the U and the School of Communication at Metropolitan State University, I teach first-year composition, rhetorics of technology, and technical & professional writing with an emphasis in design thinking. 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 believe in the cliche 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. I investigate the sociocultural 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. With Joe Moses, I am also 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.