Jason C Tham

Jason Tham is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is currently investigating the potentials of a "maker" approach to writing studies pedagogy. He is particularly interested in how and why design thinking might be valuable to our ongoing scholarly conversations about multimodality and active learning. His work also intersects with wearables and emerging technologies. Through the Wearable Research Collaboratory (WRC), Jason studies the uses and impacts of emerging wearable devices on technical and professional communication education.

With Ann Hill Duin, Joe Moses, and Megan McGrath, Jason is co-editing a special issue of Computers and Composition that will be published in December 2018. With Rebecca Pope-Ruark (Elon U), Joe Moses, and Trey Conner (U South Florida), he is co-editing a special issue for the Journal of Business and Technical Communication on design thinking, which is slated for July 2019. Jason also serves as associate editor for Survive & Thrive, a journal for medical humanities and narrative medicine, and an editor of information literacy for Writing Commons, both open-access educational avenues for the writing studies discipline.

Jason was a 2014-15 HASTAC Scholar. He also represented Fountainhead Press as a brand ambassador in 2015.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: English: Rhetoric and Writing, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2014.
  • M.S.: Mass Communication: Advertising & Public Relations, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2014.
  • B.S.: Mass Communication: Advertising, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2011.


  • University writing
  • Digital rhetoric
  • Wearable technology
  • Technical and professional communication
  • Internet studies
  • Advertising and strategic media communications
Courses Taught
  • WRIT 3577W Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet
  • WRIT 3562W (Online) Technical and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 1301 NNS University Writing for Non-Native Speakers
  • WRIT 1301 University Writing
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor of Information Literacy: Writing Commons: Fall 2017 - present
  • Co-organizer, Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Annual Conference: October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
  • Digital Rhetorics: Behind & Beyond the Screen (seminar), Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, Indiana University, led by Casey Boyle, Steph Ceraso, and James Brown, Jr.: Summer 2017
  • Advisory Committee to the Director of Graduate Studies: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
  • Teaching Group Facilitator (First-Year Writing Program): Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
  • President: Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS) , Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
  • Rhetorics & Networks (workshop), Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin–Madison, led by Collin Brooke: Summer 2015
  • Associate Editor: Survive and Thrive: A Journal of Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine: Fall 2014 - present
  • PhD Representative: Council of Graduate Students (COGS) , Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
  • Global Leadership Academy (workshop), St. Cloud State University, led by Bassey Eyo: Spring 2014


  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing: Investigating Agile Writing (with Joe Moses): Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
  • University Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop on Immersive Experience (with Ann Hill Duin): Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2017). Wearable writing: Enriching student peer reviews with point-of-view video feedback using Google Glass. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 47(1), 22-55. Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2017). Audience, user, producer: MOOCs as activity systems. Writing and composing in the age of MOOCs. (Elizabeth Monske & Kris Blair, Editors), 254-277. Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2017). Documenting literacy histories, values, and practices: The HUMN Project. Journal of Literacy Innovation, 2(1), 4-16. Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2017). Genres in the MOOCology of writing: Understanding cloud-based learning through a genre-activity analysis. Integration of cloud technologies in digitally networked classrooms and learning communities. (B. Gurung & L. Marohang, Editors), 53-68. Link
  • Duin, Ann Hill, Moses, Joseph, McGrath, Megan, & Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2016). Wearable computing, wearable composing: New dimensions in composition pedagogy. Computers and Composition Online. Retrieved from http://cconlinejournal.org/wearable
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2016). Globally fit: Attending to international users and advancing a sociotechnological design agenda for wearable technologies. Proceedings of 34th ACM SIGDOC (Special Interest Group on Design of Communication) Conference, Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit, McGrath, Megan, Moses, Joseph, & Duin, Ann Hill. (2016). Glass in class: Writing with Google Glass. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2016). Pedagogical and technological ethos in online instruction: A rhetorical review of on-site and online learning statements. Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies, 3(3), 499-515. Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2016). Rhetorical web design: Thinking critically about ready-made web templates and the problem of ease. Xchanges, 12(1), Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2015). Through Glass: Reframing technical communication practices via Google Glass. . Intercom, 62(2), 32-34. Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2015). Vine: Redefining racial stereotyping in six seconds. Digital America, 6(1), Link
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2014). Review of Social media: Pedagogy and practice. Ed. Kehbuma Langmia, Tia C. M. Tyree, Pamela O’Brien, and Ingrid Sturgis. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(4), 865-867.
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2014). Review of Status update: Celebrity, publicity, and branding in the social media age. Alice Marwick. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(2), 412-413.
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2014). Review of Advertising theory. Ed. Shelly Rogers and Esther Thorson. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(1), 213-215.
  • Tham, Jason Chew Kit (2013). Review of The zen of social media marketing: An easier way to build credibility, generate buzz, and increase revenue. Shama Hyder Kabani. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 90(3), 590-591.
  • James I. Brown Teaching Excellence Award, Spring 2017
  • James I. Brown Summer Research Fellowship, May 2017 - August 2017