Jason Tham

Dr. Jason Tham is an assistant professor of technical communication and rhetoric in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. He is co-director of the User Experience (UX) Research Lab and co-advisor to the student organization Raider UX/UI. His book, Design Thinking in Technical Communication (2021, Routledge/Taylor & Francis), applies user-centered design methodologies to pedagogy and professional practice. He has published articles and given talks about design thinking, UX, emerging technologies, digital literacy, and writing pedagogy.


Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Scientific & Technical Communication, University of Minnesota

M.A. in English, St. Cloud State University

M.S. in Mass Communication, St. Cloud State University


Tham, J., Burnham, K., Hocutt, D., Ranade, N., Misak, J., Duin, A.H., Pedersen, I., & Campbell, J.L. (2021). Metaphors, mental models, and multiplicity: Understanding student perception of digital literacy. Computers and Composition, 59. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2021.102628

Tham, J. (2020). Engaging design thinking and making in technical communication pedagogy. Technical Communication Quarterly. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/10572252.2020.1804619

Tham, J. & Grace, R. (2020). Reading born-digital scholarship: A study of webtext user experience. Computers and Composition, 58. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2020.102601

Tham, J. (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. (Awarded the 2019 Society for Technical Communication Frank R. Smith Award for Outstanding Article)