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Assistant Professor of Technical Communication & Rhetoric

Posted by Joyce on September 24, 2012

Texas Tech University’s Technical Communication & Rhetoric program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (9-month). Desired areas of specialization include intercultural communication, technical communication practice and theory, rhetoric and composition theory, and digital rhetorics. Applicants must hold a PhD in technical communication, composition and rhetoric, or a related field at time of appointment. Applicants must show a record or promise of producing research, peer-reviewed publications, and grants. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses and provide service to the department, the college, and the university as necessary.  The successful applicant will join a large and vibrant program, with 15 tenure-line faculty and over 100 graduate students, offering the BA in Technical Communication, the MA in Technical Communication (onsite and online), and the PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric (onsite and online). New faculty are expected to be engaged in scholarship or creative activity that attracts outside funding in the form of fellowships, grants, exhibits, etc. The program resides in the Department of English, which offers excellent facilities, including computer classrooms, the Usability Research Lab, and the Multiliteracies Lab. TTU is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, and it encourages applications from minorities, persons with disabilities, and women.

To apply, please submit a CV and letter of application to or search for requisition #87066. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For more information, see or contact Miles Kimball at

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Faculty Position in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Posted by Joyce on November 11, 2011

Texas Tech University seeks a specialist in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Open rank. Tenure-line. Graduate and undergraduate courses in the specialization; service on thesis and dissertation committees. We invite applications from all areas of technical communication and rhetoric. Ph.D. and publications or strong research potential required. It is expected that new faculty will be engaged in scholarship or creative activity that attracts outside funding in the form of fellowships, grants, exhibits, and similar kinds of support.

The Department of English is large (52 faculty, 400 undergraduate majors, 200 graduate students), dynamic, and diverse, with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English and B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Technical Communication. We lead the university in online education. The department cooperates in interdepartmental programs in linguistics and comparative literature at both graduate and undergraduate levels. The department supports. three scholarly journals (including Technical Communication Quarterly) and three literary journals as well as the Digital Humanities Lab, LetterPress Lab, Multiple Literacies Lab, and Usability Research Lab.

For more information, please visit

Texas Tech University is a growing state-supported institution, with a law school and medical school and colleges of Arts and Sciences, Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Human Sciences, Mass Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Arts and Sciences represents 35% of the total enrollment of 32,000.

Candidates must apply online at with letter of application and vita. Letters of recommendation will be solicited later from exceptionally qualified candidates. Applications accepted till the position is filled. Screening starts December 15. Direct inquiries to Miles Kimball (

TTU is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, and it encourages applications from minorities and women.

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Survey on Desire for Online Teaching

Posted by Joyce on December 6, 2009

Dear online phd students,

I would like to know how many of you, if any, would be interested in teaching for Texas Tech in some online, lower-division offerings we’re thinking of offering, beginning in the next 6-18 months. This email is not an offer, of course, but I’m trying to get a sense of how many people might be interested. The specifics are unknown, but I would imagine the pay would be something like $2000-$3000 per class and that you would NOT have to be a GPTI (and encounter the 9-hour registration rule). I also do not know if taking on such a job would grant tuition and/or fee waivers for non-Texas residents. I also do not know what sort of policy we’d employ to select online instructors, but I’m certain that you’d need to be ABD, holding no incompletes, and having the “OK” from your dissertation committee. I would also imagine that you would have had to take a pedagogy course (whether with us or via transfer is undetermined at the moment) and that you’d need to be supervised by a TTU professor during the tenure of your job and spend some of your time in May for training, assessment, and that sort of thing. I don’t think this kind of job would require you to quit your day job, but (especially for state of Texas employees) it might constitute some sort of contractual conflict with your employer. We envision the job to be supplementary to your day job.

So you can see that there is no policy in place, but quite a lot of movement towards something that would be very nice to be able to offer to you. What I’d like to learn from you is whether you would apply for such a position. I realize the easy answer for everyone is “yes” because there are no risks to saying ‘no,’ but I encourage you to answer as if you were applying for the position — good data about the likely numbers of potential instructors from your program is going to be very important as we take this concept further.

All of these caveats said, let me ask you to reply to me (not to the list) at if this type of job is something you’d apply for if we began offering it in the next year or two. If you can’t, you don’t have to write me anything. All I’m trying to do is get a sense of the percentage of online doctoral students who might seek this sort of support.

Many thanks for your participation at this very, very busy time of year,

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Linguistic Landscapes

Posted by Joyce on July 10, 2008

Linguistic Landscapes is the only UK consultancy specialising in applying discourse analysis to business and marketing issues.

We solve marketing, brand and organisational problems, whether or not these directly involve language.

We do this using a mix of discourse analysis, semiotics and market research.

Our clients get soundly based, commercially aware and usable solutions to a wide range of problems.

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