Jordan Smith, PH.D. | Technical Communication

Jordan Smith, PH.D.

Assistant Professor
Auditorium Building 304

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LinkedIn: /in/tjordans

UNT Faculty Profile: Jordan Smith


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.

Outside the Classroom

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.

Teaching Interests

Technical Editing, Content Strategy, Content Analysis

Courses Commonly Taught

  • TECM 3550: Content Strategy in Technical Communication
  • TECM 4190: Technical Editing
  • TECM 4500: Content Analysis

Research Interests

Technical Editing, English Grammar and Usage, Corpus Linguistics, Content/Discourse/Text Analysis, Register Variation, Prescriptivism, Formality in Writing, Stylistics

Noteworthy Publications

  • 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