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Graduate Faculty

Russel HirstRussel Hirst

Associate Professor

401A McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6952
Fax: (865) 974-6926
E-mail: rkh@utk.edu
Personal Website: russelhirst.wordpress.com

Biography

Russel Hirst directs the department’s program in technical communication and serves as managing editor of the International Journal of Nuclear Security (see http://trace.tennessee.edu/ijns/ and https://www.facebook.com/ijnucsec)

Dr. Hirst is an associate fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), a former president of the East Tennessee Chapter of that society, co-editor of Education in Technical Communication: Academic Programs That Work (STC, 1997), co-author of A Short Guide to Business Writing (Prentice Hall, 1995), and an editorial board member for the Journal of Technical Writing & Communication. He has published book chapters and articles on the history and theory of rhetoric; these focus on 19th-century theories of preaching. His current research focuses on communication in international nuclear security and on style and document design for scientific and technical communication.

Education

  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • M.A., Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Publications

  • A Short Guide to Business Writing, co-authored with Harry J. Bruce and Michael L. Keene (Prentice Hall, 1995).

Representative articles

  • “Bonding with the Nuclear Industry: A Technical Communication Professor and His Students Partner with Y-12 National Security Complex,” Journal of Technical Writing & Communication 46:2, 2016.
  • “Indicting the Devil: Austin Phelps’s Fight Against Spiritualism,” Journal of Communication & Religion 37.3, 2014.
  • “The Influence of Theology on the Rhetorical Theory of Austin Phelps,” Advances in the History of Rhetoric 16, 2013.
  • “Sacred Texts as Crucibles of Invention,” Journal of Communication & Religion 29, 2006.
  • “Improving Scientific Voice in the Science Communication Center at UT Knoxville,” Journal of Technical Writing & Communication Vol. 43.4, 2013.
  • “Virtue, Brevity, and Memory,” in Revisiting the Past through Rhetorics of Memory and Amnesia, ed. Sullivan, Maylath, & Hirst. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2010.
  • “Virtues and Vices of Omission,” Technical Communication 54.3, 2007.
  • “Herbert Spencer’s Philosophy of Style: Conserving Mental Energy,” Journal of Technical Writing & Communication 34.4 (2004) 198-224
  • “Scientific Jargon, Good and Bad,” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 33.3 (2003): 201-229
  • “Master of Science Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication,” Education in Scientific and Technical Communication: Academic Programs That Work, Society for Technical Communication (1997), 29-54
  • “The Value of Faculty Internships in Technical Communication,” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 26.1 (1996): 79-96

Professional Service

  • Managing Editor, International Journal of Nuclear Security, since 2014.
  • Conference Program Committee, Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, since 2014.
  • Chair, Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma, student honorary societies of the Society for Technical Communication, since 2013.
  • Editorial Board, Journal for Technical Writing & Communication, since 2005.
  • Faculty liaison, Society for Technical Communication, ET Chapter, since 1993.

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • J. R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, Society for Technical Communication, 2015
  • Associate Fellow, Society for Technical Communication, 2011
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society for Technical Communication, 1997
  • John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award, 1995
  • Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Technical Communication (Rensselaer), 1989.