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Ryan S.

Hoover
Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Current Position
2006 – present Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Graduate Part Time Instructor, Technical Communication and
Rhetoric

Courses Taught
• Introduction to Technical Writing
• Advanced College Rhetoric (Freshman Composition II) –
Document Instructor

Previous Position
2004 – 2005 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas

Graduate Assistant, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Courses Taught
• Introduction to Technical Writing
• Freshman Composition I
• Developmental English

Other Duties
• Department Webmaster Fall 2004 – present
• Writing Center Tutor Spring 2004 – Summer 2004

Education
May 2009 Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
(expected) Ph.D. Technical Communication and Rhetoric

December 2005 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
M.A. English

Thesis: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry: A
Connection Through Discourse Communities

Emphasis in technical communication, rhetoric, and rhetoric of
science
December 2003 Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
B.S. Computing Science – Cum Laude

Professional Experience
Justex Systems, Inc. Huntsville, Texas

January 2004 – Information Technology Consultant
present Duties include: developing and maintaining databases; developing
and maintaining website; purchasing, installing, and maintaining
computer hardware, software, and peripherals; maintaining
network; designing professional graphics
June 1997 – Information Services Director
December 2003 Duties included: developing and maintaining databases;
developing and maintaining websites; purchasing, installing, and
maintaining computer hardware, software, and peripherals;
developing and maintaining network; developing and managing
marketings; designing professional graphics

Research in Progress
* Understanding the Power Dynamics of the National Science Foundation Grant
Application Process

* Contrasting the presentation of scientific information as filtered through genre
levels of scientific complexity

* Building an understanding of the single source rhetorical situation and
developing pedagogy to communicate that understanding

Workplace Understanding of Discourse Communities

Critique of Microsoft Windows’ My Documents File Management System

The role of personality in achieving Kuhnian level scientific revolutions

Refereed Publications

“Origins of Continental Drift Theory and the Influence of Rhetoric.” Young
Scholars in Writing – Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric. 2
(Fall 2004): 84-93

Non-Refereed Publications
“Coffee at 5:05: Spreading Intellectual Diversity.” CONCEPTS Magazine
(annual Golden Key International Honour Society Publication) 2002-2003
n.p.
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Refereed Paper Presentations
“The Rhetoric of Black Holes Across Genres.” Paper presentation at the annual
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention. October 12-
14, 2006, Tucson, Arizona.

“Responding to Forces of Change in Industry: Single Sourcing, Postmodern
Theory, and Technical Writing Pedagogy.” Paper presentation at the
annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention.
October 22, 2005, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Co-presented with Dr. Carroll
Nardone

“Post-Modern Rhetorical Theories and Single Sourcing: A Pedagogical
Consideration of Relationships.” Paper presentation at the annual Texas
Tech Graduate English Society Horizons Conference. March 4, 2005,
Lubbock, Texas

Invited Talks
“Edward R. Tufte, Presenting Data and Information: An Interpretation by Ryan
Hoover.” Presented to Sam Houston State University classes Introduction
to Technical Writing and Writing in the Professions

Professional Writings and Graphic Designs
Informational Brochure: Police Research Center (Police Operations Management
Software Development Group), Fall 2006.

Website: Huntsville Arts Resource Program (outreach program bringing creative
arts to the community), fall 2005.
http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_smm/harp/harp.html

Website: Sam Houston Writing Project (Writing across the Curriculum
coordination project), summer 2005.
http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_www/WritingProject/

Flyer: Sam Houston Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project – Sam
Houston State University, March 2005

Program: Community College Journalism Association Hall of Fame Luncheon,
November 8, 2003

Report: Analysis of Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau
Certification Examination, Justex Systems 2003

Booklet: Communities in Schools Style Guide, Primary Contributor (Houston,
Texas not-for-profit organization), 2002
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Backup Protocol, Justex Systems, 2002

Security Protocol, Justex Systems, 2002

Certifications
College Reading and Learning Association Master Tutoring
CRLA Advanced Tutoring
CRLA Basic Tutoring

Professional Development Activities
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Tucson,
Arizona, October 12-14, 2006.

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho, October 20-22, 2005.

“Content Management Executive Seminar” presented by Hummingbird Ltd.
Enterprise Content Management Solutions. Houston, Texas, April 2005

Texas Tech Graduate English Society Horizons Annual Conference, Lubbock,
Texas, March 4-5, 2005

“Presenting Data and Information: A One-day Course Taught by Edward Tufte.”
Seminar by Edward Tufte, Houston, Texas, October 2004

Rhetoric Society of America Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, July 2004

Adobe Photoshop One-day Seminar, Houston Texas, spring 1998

Professional Associations
Society for Technical Communication

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing

Service
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Annual Conference, 2007.
Chair, Forces of Change in Technical and Professional Communication
Panel (pending)
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Annual Conference, 2006.
Assistant Chair, Forces of Change in Technical and Professional
Communication Panel

Sam Houston State University English Department Webmaster (Fall 2004 –
present). Duties included: department website, peripheral sites, individual
faculty sites, general computer technical support

Honors and Awards
Fall 2005 Special Graduate Scholarship – $800

Spring 2005 First Place, Scholarly Writing – Graduate Student Colloquium
(SHSU English graduate student competition)

Spring 2005 Excellence in Writing Award (Campus wide recognition)

Spring 2005 Special Graduate Scholarship – $500

Spring 2004 Excellence in Writing Award (Campus wide recognition)

Fall 2003 Graduated Cum Laude

Fall 2003 Dean’s List

August 2001 – Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) Historian / Webmaster
present

December 2000 - Golden Key International Honour Society, Sam Houston State
May 2003 University.
President 2001-2002
Awards won during presidency: Best Service Project, Best
Honorary Member Recognition (twice), Best Induction Ceremony

June 1996 National Merit Scholar, awarded full tuition scholarship

June 1995 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America