Current Courses

Spring 2022



ENGLISH 5300.251

M 6:30-9:20PM; FH G06B


Instructor: Dr. Octavio Pimentel

Description/Goals: This course addresses issues of power and diversity regarding racially minoritized groups and languages. This class takes a cultural studies approach to understanding issues concerning language in the United States and the politics that surround them, with special attention given to the state of Texas. Students will be encouraged to use critical theories to examine, and in some cases, take social actions against current inequitable language policies and practices in the United States. Furthermore, this course provides an introduction to many of the prevalent issues in the language field. Special attention will be given to language policies, legislation, politics, and practice. This class will specifically examine language theories, philosophies of language, bilingual/multilingual politics, issues of power, the racialization of linguistic minorities, and language identity. This class will also examine how language is thought about, legislated, and treated in Texas communities and schools.


ENGLISH 5312.252



Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dayley

Description: This course is required for MATC students on the internship track. In this course, students will provide professional editing, design, and writing services to actual clients. (Note: The instructor will assign clients on the first day of class.) Goals:

The course will give MATC students the opportunity to:

  • Participate in an applied learning experience,
  • Provide a useful service to others while gaining professional technical communication experience,
  • Conduct qualitative research and negotiate user/client needs,
  • Write, edit, and design print and web content in collaborative online environments, and
  • Write, edit, and design print and web content for personal or MATC exam portfolios.

Format: The course will be an online asynchronous course. Students will be required to meet with the instructor virtually twice during the semester.


ENGLISH 5314.251



Instructor: Dr. Scott Mogull

Description/Goals: In this course, students will learn technical editing at different levels (from the small details to the “big picture”). Specifically, we will cover copyediting, developmental editing, and publications management. In addition to covering the theory and practice of technical editing, we will also examine effective author-editor relationships and teamwork through the lens of publishing. In this class, we will focus on editing technical information to prepare students to be effective technical editors in industry, government, and academic settings. Additionally, this course will help students strengthen their own technical writing.


ENGLISH 5327.251

T 6:30-9:20 PM; FH G04


Instructor: Dr. Deborah Balzhiser

Description/Goals: Welcome to ENG 5327:Research Methods in Writing Studies. As a core requirement in the MARC & MATC programs, this course will introduce you to what Stephen North has called “the making of knowledge” in composition—the research methodologies we use to answer questions in a field. North focused specifically on the discipline of composition, but we’ll extend this to writing studies more broadly. We’ll examine how research helps us make sense of the world and contribute meaningful work. We’ll explore questions such as “how do I conduct research?” to “what does it mean that I conduct a particular kind of research?” In doing so, we’ll study sociocultural and ethical implications of questions we ask, methods we employ, and means of distributing our findings—hopefully instilling in you habits of thinking and strategies for researching that lead you to becoming mindful, ethical researchers. This course surveys methodologies often used in writing studies, which means it is primarily an introduction to different kinds of research (analytical and critical, qualitative, quantitative [although we will not cover how to do statistical work], and empirical), their nature, traditions, scope, limitations, as well as perspectives or “worldviews” that often underpin them. This course will be as much about learning to read and evaluate research as beginning to practice research processes and techniques. We’ll learn to be better readers of studies while coming to critically evaluate existing research. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to practice some foundational research techniques, including options such as observation, interview, artifact and text analysis, narrative, surveys, and critical analyses. We’ll likely talk about others. In doing so, we’ll address conventional moves associated with these. The class will culminate in designing a research project for which you will have considered the context, existing literature, and research; developed workable research questions of your own; chose the best and appropriate methods to address them; articulated and justified the need and method for the study; and set out a realistic plan for completion. When feasible, it would be helpful to use this to work through your thesis or dissertation proposal, grant application, or foundation for a publication.


ENGLISH 5383.251

W 6:30-9:20PM; ONLINE


Instructor: Dr. Pinfan Zhu

Description/Goals: Rhetoric for Technical Communicators is a course that focuses on the study of rhetorical theories from classical to modern eras, as well as their applications to solving problems in technical communication. The course is totally online though we meet once for the course orientation on Wed. evening during the first week. So, students’ independent study and research efforts are greatly expected. Students will understand important rhetorical theorists (rhetoricians) of different time periods and their representative works. By reading some selected classic works and contemporary works, students learn how rhetoric has been defined as socially and culturally situated in different times and its status in the then society. In addition, students will also learn some rhetorical devices that help create effective writing. Throughout the course, students will be expected to involve themselves in a four-part dialogical process of reading-writing-responding-practice. While going through this process, students are required to pay attention to how rhetoric is defined in different periods, how different definitions affect rhetoric's status and the attitude the society takes toward it, and how varied definitions may affect the way of solving technical communication nowadays. Consideration should be also given to how rhetoric is related to the following subjects such as philosophy, politics, psychology, science, religion, dialectics, knowledge, communication, truth, and composition as the reading goes, in addition to the major theories or arguments expounded by the great rhetoricians under study. Course Goals:

  • Understand important rhetorical theorists from classical to contemporary times and their theories about rhetoric through reading both classical works and contemporary works.
  • Understand how rhetoric is related to politics, philosophy, psychology, science, knowledge, religion, composition, and its status and application in different historical periods.
  • They will apply learned rhetorical theories to solve problems.
  • Study the use of different rhetorical devices to create effective writing.
  • Understand important rhetorical strategies and concepts used in the original works of great rhetoricians of different historical periods.


ENGLISH 5313.251

W 6:30-9:20PM; ONLINE


Instructor: Dr. Sarah Roblee

Description/Goals: This course explains how to plan, conduct, and analyze usability tests to understand the way users interact with different artifacts in order to improve products. It situates user testing within the field of audience analysis, and it covers the principles and methods of this form of applied research. The course covers concepts of usability research in the context of relevant literature, as well as best and new practices in the field. The course requires planning, designing, and conducting usability tests, then analyzing data and reporting the findings.