Jason C Tham

Jason Tham is finishing his last semester in the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication PhD program. Jason's dissertation, which he defended in February 2019, examines the intersections of emerging technologies and project/problem-based pedagogy through the lens of design thinking, multimodality, and maker culture. His work also intersects with wearables and emerging technologies. Through the Emerging Technologies Research Collaboratory (ETRC), Jason studies the uses and impacts of emerging wearable devices on technical and professional communication pedagogy.

With Ann Hill Duin, Joe Moses, and Megan McGrath, Jason co-edited a special issue of Computers and Composition that was published in December 2018. With Rebecca Pope-Ruark (Elon U), Joe Moses (UMN), 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 October 2019.

Jason is a second-year Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Graduate Fellow, currently working on projects that expand the Computers and Writing community. He is also serves on the executive board of ACM's Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) as a social media manager.

This March, Jason will be speaking in Pittsburgh at the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication on design thinking and in October at the SIGDOC conference in Portland.

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.


  • Technical and professional communication
  • University writing
  • Digital rhetoric and pedagogy
  • Wearable technology
  • Internet studies
Courses Taught
  • WRIT 4662W Writing with Digital Technologies
  • WRIT 3577W Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet
  • WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 3029W Business and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 1301 (INTL) University Writing for International/Multilingual Students
  • WRIT 1301 University Writing
  • ENGL 191 Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing (St Cloud State U)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Kairos Camp Editors Institute, led by Cheryl Ball, Douglas Eyman, Stephanie Vie, and Michael Faris: May 2018
  • 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
  • PhD Representative: Council of Graduate Students (COGS) , Fall 2014 - Spring 2015


  • 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 (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, 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
  • 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). 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 (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.
  • James I. Brown Teaching Excellence Award, Spring 2017
  • James I. Brown Summer Research Fellowship, May 2017 - August 2017
  • 2nd Place, 2018 Student Research Competition, ACM - Special Interest Group on Design of Communication, June 2018