Design and Design Thinking in Technical and Professional Communication Programs

Examining Our Pedagogies, Practices, and Perspectives


  • Jason Tham Texas Tech University
  • Timothy Ponce University of Texas Arlington


Design thinking, Design, Program Development, UX


In this introduction, we synthesize current research on design and design thinking in technical and professional communication, and present our motivation for interrogating design thinking in our pedagogies and programs. 


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Author Biographies

Jason Tham, Texas Tech University

Jason Tham is an Associate Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. He is Assistant Chair of the English department, where he teaches user experience research, instructional design, information design, online publishing, and research methods. His first book, Design Thinking in Technical Communication, was published in the ATTW Book Series (Routledge). Currently, he serves as vice president of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. 

Timothy Ponce, University of Texas Arlington

Timothy M. Ponce is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as the coordinator of technical writing and professional design program. He specializes in programmatic administration, andragogy in technical writing and professional communication, and AI aided writing instruction. He also coordinates the Department of English Internship Program. With the help of his team, he has grown both programs to be more community focused. His published work has appeared in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture and Hybrid Pedagogy.




How to Cite

Tham, J., & Ponce, T. (2024). Design and Design Thinking in Technical and Professional Communication Programs: Examining Our Pedagogies, Practices, and Perspectives. Programmatic Perspectives, 14(2). Retrieved from



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