College communication professor to be honored with WBU alumni award 

February 12, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Miles Kimball of Lubbock will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by his alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, during homecoming chapel slated for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Kimball is an Associate Professor of English in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University. He has been a faculty member in the program, one of the largest graduate programs in technical communication in the world, since 2002. He currently serves as president of the 2,200-member College English Association, an organization that fosters scholarship and pedagogy in all disciplines of English studies, including literature, creative writing, film studies, composition, rhetoric, and technical communication. 

Raised in Grants, N.M., Kimball earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1986 and then his master’s degree from Baylor and the doctorate in English from the University of Kentucky.

Kimball worked as a technical writer for Serv-Air Inc., from 1990–93. He served as Writing Center Director and Instructor at Asbury College from 1993–96, and Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Professional Writing Program at Murray State University from 1996–2002.

In addition to a number of articles on technical communication and pedagogy,  Kimball has authored two books: Document Design: Information Design for Technical Communicators and The Web Portfolio Guide. He also edited a scholarly edition of The Young Duke, a novel by 19th-century British Prime Minister and literary figure Benjamin Disraeli.

His article “London through Rose-Colored Graphics: William Booth’s Maps of London Poverty” won the 2007 National Council of Teachers of English Award for Best Article on Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical and Scientific Communication. Kimball’s current work focuses on visual rhetoric and visual culture. He is currently working on a book about the development of statistical graphics in the 19th century.

Kimball teaches graduate courses in visual rhetoric, document design, technical communication theory and practice, and technical communication pedagogy. He also trains and supervises the instructors who teach the basic technical communication course at Texas Tech – a course that has been in the catalog at Tech since the university’s founding in 1923. The course serves around 500 students every semester.

Miles met his wife, Dr. Ann Hawkins, who also is an Associate Professor of English at Texas Tech, while studying for his master’s degree at Baylor. They have traveled extensively to research libraries including the Bodleian Library, the British Library, Cambridge University Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the British Library of Political Science and Economics, and the University of London Library.

Kimball will receive his award at the traditional chapel service honoring all distinguished alumni for the homecoming year. The chapel is the kickoff for a two-day homecoming event which includes a banquet, luncheons, reunions for classes ending in zero, athletic events and Hall of Honor inductions, theatre productions, art shows and receptions.

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