Jordan Smith Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Auditorium Building 304

Jordan Smith, PH.D.

PhD, Rhetoric and Professional Communication/Applied Linguistics and Technology, Iowa State University

MPC, Professional Communication, Weber State University

BA, English Language, Brigham Young University

Jordan Smith received his PhD in 2019 from Iowa State University where he co-majored in rhetoric and professional communication (RPC) and applied linguistics and technology (ALT). His research interests include corpus linguistics, register variation, English grammar and usage, and technical editing. In his current work, Jordan studies linguistic variation in formal and informal writing, specifically as it relates to prescriptive usage rules.

Jordan enjoys lifting weights in his garage gym, cooking, watching TV (lots of TV), and spending time at home with his wife and three daughters--and of course his cat.

Technical Editing, Content Strategy, Content Analysis

TECM 3550: Content Strategy in Technical Communication
TECM 4190: Technical Editing
TECM 4500: Content Analysis
Technical Editing, English Grammar and Usage, Corpus Linguistics, Content/Discourse/Text Analysis, Register Variation, Prescriptivism, Formality in Writing, Stylistics

Smith, J. (2023). Corpus linguistics and technical editing: How corpora can help copyeditors adopt a rhetorical view of prescriptive usage rules. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 37(2), 194-216.
Campbell, K. S., Naidoo, J. S., & Smith, J. (accepted, published online). When your boss says, "you need to sound more professional": Writing style and writer attributions. International Journal of Business Communication. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/23294884211025735
Smith, J. (2020). A content analysis of figure captions in academic journals from four disciplines. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 63(4), 341-360. doi:10.1109/TPC.2020.3032049
Gray, B., Cotos, E., & Smith, J. (2020). Combining rhetorical move analysis with multi-dimensional analysis: Research writing across disciplines. In U. Römer, V. Cortes, and E. Friginal (Eds.) Advances in corpus-based research on academic writing: Effects of discipline, register, and writer expertise. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/scl.95.06gra
Smith, J., Mackiewicz, J., Hanson, D., Fanning, S. N., & Doan, S. (2016). The communicative work of biology-journal captions: Lessons for technical and professional communication. Technical Communication Quarterly, 25(4), 260-277. doi:10.1080/10572252.2016.1222453