About Russ

RussHirstRussel Hirst directs the University of Tennessee English department’s program in technical communication. He 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 topics in the history and theory of rhetoric in collections such as Oratorical Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Transformations in the Theory and Practice of Rhetoric (Southern Illinois UP, 1993), and Ethos: New Essays in Rhetorical and Critical Theory (Southern Methodist UP, 1994), and in journals such as Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication, the Journal of Communication and Religion, and the Journal of Technical Writing & Communication. His current research focuses on historical homiletic theory and on style and document design for scientific and technical communication.


BA, Brigham Young University
MA, Brigham Young University
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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

Awards, Honors, and Grants

John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching Award, 1995
Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Technical Communication, 1989.

Professional Service

Editorial Board Journal for Technical Writing & Communication (2005– ).