Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Welcome to the TTU Technical Communication & Rhetoric program!

The TTU Technical Communication & Rhetoric program boasts 3 degrees (BA, MA, PhD), 2 certificates (Teaching TC; Grants & Proposals), 15 faculty, 125+ grad students, and 2 research and media labs.

Operating as usual


Our final TCR Parlor session of the semester is tomorrow! Join us for speed talks by our students and faculty.

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Congratulations to Thomas Schnaible, an undergraduate technical communication student (also majoring in theatre), who has won second place in the inaugural LEDA Outstanding Commercialization Award ($5,000) at the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference that took place this week.

Thomas is a McNair Scholar and a TrUE Scholar. He will be graduating this May. We are very proud of his achievements!

QRN 2024 Program DRAFT 03/18/2024

Congratulations to TCR faculty and students who will be heading to the Conference on College Composition and Communication - CCCC in Spokane, WA. Special shout-outs to those who will be workshopping their projects at the Qualitative Research Network session:

Student presenters:
Jaden Cowley
Joe Schicke
Camille Faught
Francine Miller-Sallese

Faculty roundtable leaders:
Dr. Michael Faris
Dr. Jason Tham

Dr. Faris is also going to be featured as the keynote speaker at the QRN!

QRN 2024 Program DRAFT Qualitative Research Network Wednesday April 3, 2024, 1:00 – 5:00 PM PST *** The initial hour of the workshop will feature Dr. Michael J. Faris, Associate Professor of English and Department …


The second TCR Parlor features research talks by PhD candidates Jiaxin Zhang and Rachael Jordan. Come participate in the conversation and "put in your oar," as Kenneth Burke recommends!


Our Bachelor of Arts program has been renamed to represent our curriculum and faculty expertise more accurately. Introducing: The BA in Writing, Design, and Technical Communication!

Check out our degree requirements and course offerings on our website.


One more week until our extended deadline for onsite MA application! Ask us about the application waiver code. Apply today!

Photos from Technical Communication and Rhetoric 's post 01/18/2024

Thank you all who came out to the 1st TCR Parlor yesterday! Fantastic presentations by our student and faculty member. See you at the next Parlor on February 15 (Thursday), 12:00-1:00 pm.


So happy to see old and new faces back to classes this spring! Have a wonderful semester and year!


We are thrilled to launch a new monthly research talk event in TCR! Faculty and students will present work-in-progress and share feedback. Kicking off the inaugural session next Wednesday are PhD student Tony Mangialetti and faculty member Dr. Mason Pellegrini.

Sharing Gratitude at Texas Tech 01/07/2024

Sharing Gratitude at Texas Tech We asked faculty and staff to read notes of appreciation they've received over the years. Their messages made us feel inspired. We hope they do the same for ...


It's almost time to apply to our graduate programs!

We offer the MA in Technical Communication and PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric. All of our graduate programs are delivered via online and onsite modalities. Application deadline is January 11, 2024 for both the MA and PhD. We do not require the GRE for grad applications.

👉 Apply Now:

Our programs' distinctive features include:

1. Competitive Funding for Onsite MA & PhD Students

We remain well-poised in an era of uncertain financial times for higher education. We guarantee five years of annual stipends ($20,000) for all of our onsite PhD students and two years of stipends ($15,500) for our onsite MA students. Lubbock, TX also offers a low cost of living for a city with a population of 300,000+. And oh, did we mention the 300+ days of sunshine in the south plains?

2. Diverse Faculty Strengths

We have 15 assistant, associate, and full professors with an array of theoretical, practical, and methodological approaches to technical communication and rhetoric. Our particular area strengths are:

+ Technical Communication and User Experience Design
+ Rhetorics of Science, Health, and Medicine
+ Composition, Literacy, and Pedagogy
+ Ethics, Feminism, and Public Rhetoric

3. Graduate Student Placement in Academia and Industry

We realize that the traditional purpose of a graduate degree has been changing from the exclusive pursuit of a tenure-track academic position. Our current MA and PhD students come to us from companies like Google and Microsoft to grow their practitioner careers as technical communicators while others prepare for traditional academic posts.

Similarly, we prepare our MA students for industry or for application to PhD programs in rhetoric, composition, and technical communication.

4. Flexibility for a Synchronous Online Graduate Education Experience

Our online and onsite MA and PhD programs offer great practical flexibility for current or future working professionals. All of our courses are offered online in a synchronous format that brings together all of our students in a virtual community of learning.

Photos from English at Texas Tech University's post 11/01/2023

Congrats to TCR scholars Dr. TJ Geiger and Meghalee Das.


Are you interested in our graduate programs in technical communication and rhetoric? Come learn about the application and admissions process at one of the following virtual info sessions!

10/31 (Tuesday), 12:00-1:00 pm
11/8 (Wednesday), 6:30-7:30 pm
12/7 (Thursday), 10:00-11:00 am

Use this form to register for free:

There will be current students and faculty members to chat with you and answer your questions.

Hope to see you!


Huge congratulations to TCR alum Dr. Derek Ross on his endowed professorship at Auburn University!


We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2023 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication annual conference. Safe travels to those heading to Charleston, SC. Have great meeting!

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Congratulations to TCR PhD student Rachael Jordan on their latest publication in the journal, Open Words!

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Day 3 of May Seminar. Today's lunch talk is given by Dr. Joyce Locke Carter, a founding faculty member of the online PhD program in TCR!

(Apologies for the low screenshot qualities; post-er was attending from home.)

Photos from Technical Communication and Rhetoric 's post 05/19/2023

Day 2 of May Seminar. Today’s lunch talk is given by Dr. Geoff Geoffrey Sauer, incoming associate professor of TCR!

Photos from Technical Communication and Rhetoric 's post 05/18/2023

Because everyone deserves a thumbs up from the amazing Dr. Becky Rickly!

Photos from Technical Communication and Rhetoric 's post 05/18/2023

Day 1 of May Seminar! Todays lunch talk was given by Mason Pellegrini, an incoming assistant professor of TCR!

Dr. Phillips ENGL 5386 05/03/2023

Check out this video where TCR faculty Dr. Lisa Phillips talks about her upcoming special-topics course, ENGL 5386: Environmental Rhetoric & Social Justice. This course is great for those interested in climate rhetoric and activism, ecofeminism, indigenous rhetorics, intersectionality and sustainability.

Dr. Phillips ENGL 5386 This short video shows Texas Tech University's Dr. Phillips answering questions about her upcoming fall 2023 special topics course, ENGL 5386: Environmental ...


We are seeking a new PoP! (Assistant Professor of Practice)

If you, or someone you know, enjoy teaching first-year writing and would like to work in a thriving FYW program with an innovative lecture-discussion model, please apply to this position!

Link will take you to the university Brassring portal to begin the application process.

Assistant Professor of Practice - First Year Writi - Texas Tech University - Job Details Job Details: Contributes to the university's mission through teaching in an area of expertise, mentoring students in profes

Photos from Technical Communication and Rhetoric 's post 02/03/2023

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