Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Christopher "Chris" Ryan

Director of Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Communication; Associate Professor of Instruction

Areas of Specialization:  Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Communication

Office:  JO 3.901
Office Hours:  T: 11:15-3:15, W: 10-3:00, TR: 11:15-3:15
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2188

Following a 25-year career in corporate leadership roles, I began a second career in teaching and research at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2009. Initially, I taught sections of the Professional & Technical Communication course. Since that time I have added administration responsibilities, including oversight of the ECS 3390 course and directing the Rhetoric program. I also teach the "Teaching First-year Writing" class for our graduate students.

My academic background is in rhetoric, and I particularly enjoy research related to professional and technical communication as well as rhetorical framing.

In my undergraduate classes I try to help my students see the critical role that communication will play in their careers and encourage them to take ownership for continuously improving their skills. When possible, I bring in examples from my career and the many situations I have experienced or observed in which communication was central to the outcome.

I worked for EDS (which was acquired by HP during the latter years of my 25 years with the company). Among the many roles I served during my career with the company, I was Manager of the Editing and Writing Team, Director of Human Resources for the Asia/Pacific Region, and Director of Recruiting for the company. While working on my Ph.D., I was a member of the Leadership Training team, where I served as a coach/mentor for company executives.

Work Samples and Publications: 

“The Need for Rules: Determining the Usability of Adding Audio to the MOO,” by Lora Arduser, Julie Davis, Rob Evans, Christine Hubble, Deanna Mascle, Cheri Mullins, and Christopher Ryan. Computers and Composition, Vol. 28, Issue 1, March 2011, pp 57-72.

Book Review of: Complex Worlds: Digital Culture, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, edited by Adrienne P. Lamberti and Anne R. Richards, Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2011, 250 p. Review published in Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Vol. 42, Number 4 (2012) p 461-466.

Business and Technical Communication: A Guide to Writing Professionally by Maribeth Schlobohm and Christopher Ryan. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt (2013) 227p.

Business and Technical Communication: A Guide to Writing Professionally, Second Edition by Maribeth Schlobohm and Christopher Ryan. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt (2014) 277p.

"History of Communication and Media." Communication and Emerging Media. Ed. Carie Lambert and Maribeth Schlobohm. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2015. 1-25.


Ph.D. Technical Communication & Rhetoric, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
M.A., Advertising, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
B.A., English, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Curriculum Vitae:  Christopher "Chris" Ryan's CV