NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Texas Tech University, Department of English

Texas Tech University's PhD in Technical Communication & Rhetoric (TCR) is designed for students with an interest in rhetoric, writing, technical communication, and composition. The aim of this doctoral program is to engage the students in acquiring broad knowledge of the history, theory, research, genres, and practice of technical communication and rhetoric; specialized knowledge of some aspect of communication or rhetoric; and ability to conduct independent research. 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity"


Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-19: 107


Areas of Study

  • Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology
  • Technical Communication
  • Rhetorics of Science and Health Care
  • Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design


URAP University Rankings—Language, Communication & Culture 

  • #169 of 300 World Universities

Admission Requirements

  • Unofficial transcript of all previous college work
  • Completed application form for a Graduate Degree Program
  • Current resume/vita
  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent in graduate study and career goals
  • Writing Sample
  • Three letters of reference
  • Distance Learning Agreement (if applying to online program)

Graduate Faculty

  • Associate Professor Kenneth Baake, Ph.D., New Mexico State University
  • Professor Craig Baehr, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • Associate Professor Angela Eaton, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Associate Professor Michael J. Faris, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Assistant Professor Kendall Gerdes, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Rob Grace, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
  • Associate Professor Steve Holmes, Ph.D., Clemson University
  • Assistant Professor Jennifer Nish, Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Assistant Professor Lisa Phillips, Ph.D., Illinois State University
  • Assistant Professor Beau Pihlaja, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso
  • Professor Rich Rice, Ph.D., Ball State University
  • Professor Rebecca Rickly, Ph.D., Ball State University
  • Professor David Roach, Ed.D., Texas Tech University
  • Professor Brian Still, Ph.D., University of South Dakota 
  • Assistant Professor Jason Tham, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Assistant Professor Scott Weedon, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University