John Gooch

Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Arts And Humanities
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Literature
JO 4.510A

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Technical Communication and Rhetoric
Texas Tech University - 2002
M.A. - English and Technical Communication
Texas Tech University - 1997
B.S. - History and English, Teacher Certification (grs. 6-12)
West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas - 1994


Argument! with Dorothy Seyler and Erica Messenger, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010 (forthcoming, January 2010) forthcoming - Publication
Review, Freedom of Information in a Post 9-11 World, edited by Charles H. Sides, for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (in press, 2009). 2009 - Publication
Editor, Writing and Reasoning Across Disciplines: A Reader for RHET 1302, University of Texas at Dallas, McGraw-Hill Primis Division/Learning Solutions, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Review, Content Management: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, edited by George Pullman and Baotong Gu, Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., 2009 (in press, 2009). 2009 - Publication
Review, Beyond the Archives: Research as Lived Process, edited by Gesa A. Kirsch and Liz Rohan, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008 (in press, 2009). 2009 - Publication
Review, Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making, and Fair Use, edited by Steve Westbrook, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009 (in press, 2009) 2009 - Publication
Review, Composition and the Rhetoric of Science: Engaging the Dominant Discourse by Michael J. Zerbe for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 38 (2008): 414-417. 2009 - Publication
The Dynamics and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Case Study of Cortical Depth of Bench in Group Proposal Writing, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 48 (2): 177-190, 2005. 2005 - Publication
Review, Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century, edited by Barbara Mirel and Rachel Spilka, for the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. 33 (2003): 281-284. 2003 - Publication
Review, Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities: Issues and Options, edited by James A. Inman, Cheryl Reed, and Peter Sands, for theJournal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2003. 2003 - Publication


Editorial Board, iDeal Reader
Primis Division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education [2009–2012]
Director of Rhetoric and Writing/Assistant Professor of Literary Studies
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–Present]
Interim Director of Rhetoric and Writing/Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2008]
Senior Lecturer
University of Texas at Dallas [2005–2006]
Professor of English
Collin County Community College [2004–2005]
Part-Time Instructor
Composition and Literature South Plains College, Dual-Credit Program [2004–2004]
Lecturer (part-time)
Texas Tech University [2004–2004]
Professional Writer and Analyst
Revizon, LLC [2003–2004]
Writing Lab Instructor
Lubbock Christian University [2002–2002]
Assistant Professor of English and Technical Writing/Coordinator, Technical Writing Major and Minor
Louisiana Tech University [2002–2003]

Additional Information

Community Service
  • Richardson Independent School District (RISD) Task Force for Postsecondary Readiness (May, September, and October 2010)
Academic and University Service
  • 2010 – 2012, 2006 – 2008 UTD Committee on Distance Learning University of Texas at Dallas (Vice Chairperson, 2007-08)
  • 16-August 2010 Contributor, UTD Writing Center Tutor Orientation/Training
  • Summer 2010 Member, Hiring Committee Professional and Technical Communication
  • Spring 2010 Member, Hiring Committee Emerging Media and Communcation
  • 17-April 2010 Interviewer, Academic Engagement Program (AEP) admissions process
  • 2009 – 10 UTD Committee on Learning Management Systems
  • 17-August 2009 Contributor, UTD Writing Center Tutor Orientation/Training
  • Spring 2009 Focus Group Member/Coordinator Writing Centers/Writing Instruction, UTD
  • Spring 2009 Chair, Textbook Adoption Committee Rhetoric and Writing Program
  • Spring 2009 Committee for the formation of the Global Communication and Leadership program
  • January – December 2009 Participant, UTD Faculty Mentoring Program for Assistant Professors
  • 17-May 2008 Interviewer, Academic Engagement Program (AEP) admissions process
  • 2006 – 2009 UTD Disciplinary Hearing Officer, Judicial Affairs
  • 2006 – present Faculty Advisor, Rhetoric Society of UT Dallas
  • 2007 – 2008 Advisor, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to San Antonio
  • 2006 – 2007 and 2007 – 2008 Member, Academic Senate, UTD
Professional Recognitions and Honors
  • 5th Annual UTD Faculty Author Reception Honoree, October 21, 2010
  • 2008 University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee School of Arts and Humanities, UTD
  • Summer 2002 Dissertation Award from the Graduate School, Texas Tech University ($2000)
  • Second Place Award, Communications Category for presentation entitled, “Forcing the Spring: Greenpeace’s Rhetoric and Diffusion of its Ideology through Narrative, Progressive Argument, and Scientific Legitimacy”, West Texas A&M University Graduate Student Research Conference, November 1998


Graduate Student Independent Studies
Jordan Canfield, Fall 2009 and Fall 2010 Dallie Clark, Spring - Summer 2010 Wei (Wendy) Shao, Summer 2010 Sharmistha Basu, Summer 2008 and Summer 2009
Other Teaching - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committees
Andrew Hoelscher, Spring 2010
Doctoral Advisement and Direction
Heather Wood, 2-June 2010 (committee member) Body, Mind, and Soul: Female Agency and Performance, 1960 - Present Sharmistha Basu, 16-November 2009 (committee member) The Perfecting Nature of Art in King Lear Thomas Mackenzie, 2-November 2009 (committee member) Cutting the Darkness: Re-Envisioning Postmodern American Fiction Through a Native American Worldview Lens Tracey Thornton, 2007-present (committee co-chair) [dissertation in progress] Dallie Clark, 2009-present (committee member) [dissertation in progress] Jordan Canfield, 2010-present (committee member) [preparation for comprehensive exams in progress]
Masters Advisement and Direction
Michelle Tsai, 10-November 2010 (M.A.T. committee member) "Constructivist TESOL: Interactive and Multidisciplinary Method for Adult ESL" James Maher, 17-April 2009 (committee member) "Blending the Crossword with the Narrative: An Examination of the Storygame" "The Ludics of Ulysses" Jeremy Skinner, 10-May 2008 (committee member) "Hyper-What?: The Truth Behind Hypertexts" "Failure in Higher Education" "The Electronic I: A New Voice in Academic Writing"