Chris Lam, Ph.D. | Technical Communication

Chris Lam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Auditorium Building 316

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UNT Faculty Profile: Chris Lam


PhD, Technical Communication, Illinois Institute of Technology

MS, Information Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

BA, History/Secondary Education, University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign


Chris Lam earned a PhD in Technical Communication and an MS in Technical Communication and Information Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests include communication in team projects and professionalization of technical communication. He specializes in statistical methods and experimental design.

Outside the Classroom

He enjoys music and web design.

Teaching Interests

Technology; Web Design; Teamwork; Coding

Courses Commonly Taught

  • TECM 3200 Information Design for Electronic media
  • TECM 4400 Advanced Information Design
  • TECM 5191 Digital Literacies for Professional Communicators
  • TECM 5500 Studies in the Teching of Technical Comunication

Research Interests

Pedagogy; Teamwork; Quantitative Methods

Noteworthy Publications

  • Lam, C. (2016). Correspondence analysis: A statistical technique ripe for technical and professional communication researchers. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 59, 299-310.
  • Lam, C. (2016). Improving technical communication team projects: An experimental study of media synchronicity theory training on communication outcomes. Journal of Business and Technical Communication.
  • Lam, C. (2015). The role of communication and cohesion in reducing social loafing in group projects. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Online first.
  • Lam, C. (2014). Where did we come from and where are we going?: Examining authorship characteristics in technical communication research. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 57(4), 266-285.
  • Boettger, R. & Lam, C. (2013) An Overview of Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research in Technical Communication Journals (1992-2011). IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 56(4), 272-293.
  • Lam, C. (2013). The efficacy of text messaging to improve connectedness and team attitude in student technical communication projects: An experimental study. Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

Journals Published In

  • IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
  • Journal of Business and Technical Communication
  • International Journal of Business Communication
  • Business and Professional Communication Quarterly
  • Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
  • Communication Design Quarterly
  • Technical Communication
  • Programmatic Perspectives


  • ACM Sigdoc
  • ATTW
  • IEEE Professional Communication Society