Department of English

MAPC Faculty

Howard, Tharon, Ph.D.

Howard, Tharon, Ph.D.

Position
Professor, professional communication and rhetoric

Contact
Office: 617 Strode
Phone: (864) 656-3488
Web Site: http://people.clemson.edu/~tharon/
Email: tharon@clemson.edu

Education
Ph.D., Purdue University (1992); M.A., Purdue University (1987); B.A. in English, UMKC (1985)

Research Interests
Tharon Howard earned his doctorate in English from Purdue University where he studied rhetoric & composition and literary theory. He is the director of the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program, the Multimedia Authoring Teaching & Research Facility and the Usability Testing Facility. He has taught seminars in usability testing, visual communication, digital publishing, rhetoric and professional communication, rhetoric of web publishing, professional writing, and writing proposals & grant applications.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities That Last. Burlington, Massachusetts: Morgan Kaufmann, 2010. Print.

Visual Communication: A Writer's guide. 2nd Ed. Co-authored with Susan Hilligoss. New York, New York: Longman, 2001

Electronic Networks: Crossing Boundaries. Co-Edited with Chris Benson, Dixie Goswami, and Walter Gooch. New York, New York: Heinemann Boynton-Cook, 1999.

The Rhetoric of Electronic Communities. Greenwich, Connecticut: Ablex, 1997. Print.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Intellectual Properties in Multimodal, 21st-Century Composition Classrooms”  Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Eds. Danielle Nicole Devoss and Martine Courant Rife.  Parlor Press, 2012, pp 107-129. (see http://wac.colostate.edu/books/copywrite/chapter6.pdf).

“Evaluating Multimodal Texts in the Academy.”  Informational Spaces.  Eds. Loel Kim and Jason Swarts.  Digital Communication Series, Texas Tech University Press.  Forthcoming.

“Using DISC Profiles to Get New Teams Talking.” User Experience Management:  Essential Skills for Leading Effective UX Teams.  Arnie Lund.  Morgan Kaufmann Publishing, 2011, pp. 184-5.

“Innovation and Collaboration in Product Development:  Creating a New Role for Usability Studies in Educational Publishing.” With Michael Greer.  Usability of Complex Information Systems:  Evaluation of User Interaction.  Eds. Michael Albert and Brian Still.  Taylor & Francis Publishing.  2011.

Intentional Bias: An Empirical Study of “Interpellative” User Experiences on University Donor Websites.  With Alicia Hatter.  Computers and Composition.  in press.

“Innovation and Collaboration in Product Development:  Creating a New Role for Usability Studies in Educational Publishing.” With Michael Greer.  Usability of Complex Information Systems:  Evaluation of User Interaction.  Eds. Michael Albert and Brian Still.  Taylor & Francis Publishing, 2010.  67-86.

“Unexpected Complexity in User Testing of Information Products.” IEEE PC 2009 Proceedings.  2009.

“Unexpected Complexity in a Traditional Usability Study.” Journal of Usability Studies, Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2008, pp. 189-205.  <http://www.upassoc.org/
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“Usability Testing in Academic Programs: A Report from Five Universities.” (with David Dayton, Susan Feinberg, Roger Grice, and Judy Ramey).  52nd Annual Society for Technical Communication Conference Proceedings. May 2005.

“Best of the Best of the Best:  Winners of STC’s International Competitions.” (Contributor).  Intercom (July/August 2004):  6-10.

“Reflection on ‘Who ‘Owns’ Electronic Texts?’”  Central Works in Technical Communication.  Eds. Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart Selber.  Oxford University Press, 2004.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

"Intentional Bias: An Empirical Study of “Interpellative” User Experiences on University Donor Websites."  With Alicia Hatter.  Computers and Composition.  under review.

“Intellectual Properties in Multimodal, 21st-Century Composition Classrooms”  Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Eds. Danielle Nicole Devoss and Martine Courant Rife.  Routledge Press. Forthcoming.

“Evaluating Multimodal Texts in the Academy.”  Informational Spaces.  Eds. Loel Kim and Jason Swarts.  Digital Communication Series, Texas Tech University Press.  Forthcoming.

"Four Phases of Team Development." Leading User Experience: Essential Management Skills for UX Teams.  Ed. Arnie Lund  Morgan Kaufmann.  Forthcoming.

"Using DISC to Manage Internal Team Communications." Leading User Experience: Essential Management Skills for UX Teams.  Ed. Arnie Lund  Morgan Kaufmann.  Forthcoming.

Digital Works, Videos, CDs & DVDs, Software (Published)

"Advantage of Online Communities for Businesses." South Carolina Business Review. Radio interview with Mike Switzer. South Carolina Public Radio.  Sept. 16, 2010.

Academic Integrity Initiative. (with Dan Wueste, Mark Charney, and Chip Egan). Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics, Clemson University, 2002.

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

"Accomodationist vs Constructionist Approaches to Research: A Position Statement for the Researcher-Practitioner Interaction Workshop."  Researcher-Practitioner Interaction.  The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Atlanta, 2010.

“A Survey of Eleven Documentation System Alternatives.” (with Alicia Hatter).  Society for Technical Communication Summit Conference.  Dallas, 2010.Howard, Tharon. “Creating Social Networks and Online Communities that Last.” Society for Technical Communication Summit Conference.  Dallas, 2010.

“Designing Communities as Decision-Making Experiences.” (with Wendy Howard).  Usability Professionals Association Conference.  Munich, 2010.Howard, Tharon. “Evaluating Digital Scholarship in the Academy.”  Rhetoric(s), Communication, and Information Design Forum; College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, Clemson University, 2010.

“Intentionally Biasing Users.” (with Alicia Hatter). Usability Professionals Association Conference.  Munich, 2010.

“Who Watches:  Evaluating Digital Scholarship in the Academy.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, 2010.

Grants

“Curriculum-Wide Expansion of the Cultural Literacies Across Media Program.”  US Dept. of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.  Feb. 2010. Under review.

"EthicsHub: A Distributed Ethics Community in Science, Mathematics and Engineering." (Kelly Smith, PI).  National Science Foundation.  June 2010.  Under review.

"Institute for the Study of Cultural Literacies Across Media: A Concept Paper." United States Department of State.  Oct. 2010. Under review.

"Multimedia Authoring Teaching & Research Facility Lab Infrastructure." Clemson University General Lab Infrastructure Funds, Aug. 2010. Funded.

"Teaching Africa to Special Needs Children in K-12:  A Curriculum Development Workshop in Ghana for Educators of Special Needs Children." (with Constancio Nakuma).  Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad Proposals, US Dept. of Education. Oct. 2010. Under review.

“Extension of 'Usability Testing of Educational Handbooks and Materials' to 2011.”  Longman Publishers.  Oct. 2010. Funded.