PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Doctorate Program


The Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) PhD program at USU prepares students to work as researchers and teachers at colleges and universities. In this program you will take courses in rhetorical theory, cultural and empirical research methods, online pedagogy, and more. Our PhD students have the freedom to conduct research on topics that matter to them, such as climate change communication, professional communication in the Global South, and accessible document design for people with disabilities. 

Please reach out to the director of graduate studies, Dr. Jared Colton (he/him/his), at for specific programmatic questions. 

Career Application

Most graduates of the Technical Communication and Rhetoric PhD program go on to work as university professors. Our PhD program is known for addressing issues of social justice, community engagement, diversity, and service learning— education that prepares our students to be competitive in the academic job market. For examples, recent graduates have accepted tenure-track jobs at Virginia Tech, Texas State, Boise State University, and Montana State University.  

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Program Advisor

Jared Colton

Jared Colton

Director of Graduate Studies (he/him/his)

(435) 797-8412
Logan (RWST 213)