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Joe Sample

Joe Sample

Associate Professor Technical Communication

Office: S1051

​Joe Sample began teaching at UHD in 2010. He has served as the degree and internship coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing from 2015-2018, and he has also served as chair of the Student Publications Advisory Committee and the International Education Committee. He is the faculty advisor for Dateline: Downtown, the university's student newspaper. Sample teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communication and advertising and public relations writing.

Ph.D., Department of English, Iowa State University

M.A., East Asian Studies, University of Minnesota

M.A., Department of English, Texas A&M University

B.S., Department of English, Slippery Rock University 

  • ENG 1302: Composition II
  • ENG 3302: Business and Technical Report Writing
  • ENG 3305: Essay Writing
  • ENG 3333: Writing for the Media
  • ENG 3334: Writing for Presentation
  • ENG 3340: Cultural Criticism
  • ENG 3371: Public Relations Writing
  • ENG 3373: Introduction to Advertising
  • ENG 4322: Editing, Rewriting and Copyreading
  • ENG 5304: Proseminar in Professional and Technical Communication
  • ENG 6310: Intercultural and World Communication
  • ENG 6303: Public Relations and Media Management

​Joe Sample has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. His thesis work identified rhetorical issues important to cross-cultural interpretation and representation, especially as found in non-fiction texts involving Western depictions of China and the Chinese both across times and genres. He worked for several years as a writer and editor in the Republic of China, and he has a graduate degree in East Asian Studies with a specialization in Chinese studies as well as significant coursework in critical pedagogy and professional writing. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations and media management and undergraduate courses in technical communication and advertising writing. In his courses he often works with students on client-based writing projects. He is a past member of the Society for Technical Communication and a current member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Modern Languages Association.


​“His Country and His People: Lin Yutang and the Interpretation of Things Chinese.” The Cross-cultural Legacy of Lin Yutang: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Qian Suoqiao. Berkeley, California: Institute for East Asian Studies, 2016. 185-200. Print.

“Searching the Streets for the genius loci: A Study of Meaning and Identity in the Signs, Sounds, and Spaces of Chinatown.” Interdisciplinary Humanities> 31.2 (Summer 2014): 8-21. Print.

“Contextualizing Lin Yutang’s Essay ‘On Humour’: Introduction and Translation.” Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches. Eds. Jocelyn Chey and Jessica Milner Davis. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011. 169-189. Print.

“‘The first appearance of this celebrated capital’; or What Mr. Barrow Saw in the Land of the Chinaman.” Asian Crossings: Travel Writing on China, Japan, and South East Asia 1650-2000, Eds. Paul Smethurst and Steve Clark. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008. 32-46. Print.

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