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Jamal-Jared Alexander

Jamal-Jared Alexander

Jamal-Jared Alexander

Assistant Professor

511A McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-5401


Jamal-Jared is a social justice researcher and scholar-activist trained in qualitative methodology. His research includes the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, as well as DEI recruitment and retention. Using Critical Race and Black Feminist Theory as his theoretical lenses, his research aims to create dedicated spaces and equitable opportunities for marginalized communities in professional and academic settings. He has experience developing and implementing scalable programmatic cultural spaces at universities that support the educational achievement and well-being of multiply marginalized or underrepresented (MMU) students by enhancing campus life through political, social, academic, emotional, and cultural support. He teaches courses in document design, research methods in technical communication, and writing about the disciplines with a strong foundation of social justice embedded in the curriculum. 


  • Ph.D., Utah State University, 2022
  • M.A., East Carolina University, 2017
  • B.A., Albany State University, 2010


  • Alexander, J-J. & Edenfield, A. C. (2024). Erased by Design: An Antenarrative of Ellenton and the Savannah River Plant. Technical Communication, 71(1), 7-19.
  • Alexander, J-J. (2023). Centering the Marginalized: Creating a Coalition to Enhance Retention Initiatives in the Workplace. Technical Communication, 70(3), 28-41.
  • Alexander, J-J, Stevens, H, & Walton, R. (2022). Diversifying Knowledge: Presenting and Applying a Framework for Inclusive Graduate Program Websites. SIGDOC
  • Moeggenberg, Z. C., Stevens, H. L., Walton, R., & Alexander, J-J. (2022). Inclusive Editing: Actionable Recommendations for Editors and Instructors. In 2022 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm) (pp. 267-276). IEEE.
  • Alexander, J-J. & Walton, R. (2022). Relational Recruiting: Using Black Feminist Theory to Inform More Socially Just Graduate Program Recruiting. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue: Enacting Social Justice
  • Alexander, J-J. & Edenfield, A.C. (2021). Health and wellness as resistance: Tactical folk medicine. Technical Communication Quarterly. Special Issue: Unruly Bodies, Intersectionality, and Marginalization in Health and Medical Discourse

Awards, Grants, & Honors

  • (2023—2024) Early Career Research Award, National Youth Sports Conference, “An Examination of Black Adolescent Boys’ Experiences in Sport: Employing Frameworks to Youth Sport.” (w/Amand L. Hardiman)
  • (2023) Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication National Research Grant for Antiracist Programs and Pedagogies. (w/Rebecca Walton)
  • (2022—2023) Article of the Year Award from the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Technical Communication Quarterly article, “Health and Wellness as Resistance: Tactical Folk Medicine.” (w/Avery C. Edenfield)
  • 2021—2022 Robin’s Award: Achievement of the Year  
  • 2021—2022 Robin’s Award: Organization of the Year | Graduate Students of Color Association
  • 2020—2021 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing National Amplification Award
  • 2016—2017 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Diversity National Award