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Graduate director's blog for the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program at Texas Tech University

Archive for October, 2009

Hoover Defends Successfully

Posted by Joyce on October 18, 2009

Ryan Hoover defended his dissertation at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in English 358. Ryan’s dissertation is titled “Rhetorical Agency, Social Structures, and Power Relations in the National Science Foundation’s Grant Application Process.” Ryan’s committee includes Dr. Amy Koerber (chair), Dr. Ken Baake, and Dr. Sean Zdenek.

Congratulations, Dr. Hoover

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Doctoral Fellowship Initiative Announced

Posted by Joyce on October 18, 2009

Announcing the Texas Tech Doctoral Fellowship Initiative in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

The Texas Tech Technical Communication and Rhetoric program is pleased to announce a new Doctoral Fellowship Initiative, to be awarded to incoming doctoral students fall 2010. We will award four $25,000 fellowships to doctoral students who apply by January 15th, 2010 and begin their doctoral studies in the Fall of 2010.

TCR Fellows will receive total award amounts of $25,000, which will cover fees, tuition, and other expenses, yielding a salary of approximately $18,000 for the first academic year. The fellowships will be given with no teaching requirement, providing recipients the time and space to immerse themselves in their new doctoral program and to complete much of their doctoral coursework in one year. After the first year of study, TCR Fellows will continue to receive up to four more years of assistantship support and will become eligible for the full range of scholarships provided by the Department of English and the Graduate School.

Texas Tech’s Technical Communication and Rhetoric program emphasizes five broad areas of scholarship in its scholarship, coursework, and initiatives:

  1. Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology. The art, history, and theory of persuasion, argumentation, and expression and how such activities are applied and taught.
  2. Technical Communication. Theory, history, practice, teaching, and management of workplace communication, including the genres of reports, manuals, and proposals, and the skills of document design, style, and editing in a variety of media.
  3. Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare. Consideration of discourse and communication within scientific, technical, and medical fields.
  4. Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric. History, theory, and analysis of tools, techniques, and various cultural factors (feminism, ethics, intercultural analysis) in the production and reception of discourse.
  5. Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design. Analysis, theory, and production of non- or extra-textual aspects of communication and discourse.

For more information about graduate studies in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech, please visit our general website at and our fellowship FAQ at

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