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Jim Henry


Jim Henry
Jim Henry has published widely on writing pedagogy in various contexts, including first-year composition, technical writing, professional writing, and writing across the curriculum. He is a reviewer for CETCQ, BCQ, and CCC. Scholarly publications, syllabi for all courses taught, and other endeavors can be found by consulting his website, linked under "Contact."

He is past director of the UH Writing Mentors and past director of the Mānoa Writing Program. He also coordinates Sustainable Composition I—sections of English 100 organized around themes of sustainability. Current research focuses on place-experiential writing across the disciplines.

Office Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:00 a.m., and by appointment via e-mail.


"Using Accountability to Garner Writing Program Resources, Support Emerging Writing Researchers, and Enhance Program Visibility: Implementing the UH Writing Mentors During WASC Re-accreditation." In Sharer, Wendy, Tracy Ann Morse, Michelle F. Eble, and William P. Banks, eds., Reclaiming Accountability: Improving Writing Programs through Accreditation and Large-Scale Assessments.Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. Forthcoming, February 2016.

"Writing to Learn and Learning to Perform: Lessons from a Writing Intensive Course in Experimental Theatre Studio." (with Tammy Hailiʻōpua Baker). Across the Disciplines. Forthcoming, Fall 2015.

"How Can Technical Communicators Fit Into Contemporary Organizations?" Solving Problems in Technical Communication.Selber and Johnson-Eilola, eds. University of Chicago P., 2013, 75-97.

"Teaming Students with a Forester to Teach Place-based Business Communication Focused on Sustainability." Proceedings, Annual Convention of the Association for Business Communication, Honolulu, HI, 2012. 1-15.

“Performing Professionally as a Writer: Research Revival Vlogs.” College Composition and Communication Online, 1(1), 2012. Online, n. pag. Web.

"Course-Embedded Mentoring for First-Year Students: Melding Academic Subject Support with Role Modeling, Psycho-Social Support, and Goal Setting." (with Holly Huff Bruland and Jennifer Sano-Franchini). International Journal of Scholarship on Teaching and Learning, 2011

"Teaching Intellectual Teamwork in WAC Courses through Peer Review." (with Lehua Ledbetter). Currents in Teaching and Learning3:2 (Spring2011).

"Hybridizing F2F and Virtual Collaboration between a Government Agency and Service-Learning Technical Writing Students." Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models, and Applications,Bowden & Carpenter, eds. IGI Global Publications, 2011, 58-67.

"Educating Reflexive Practitioners: Casting Graduate Teaching Assistants as Mentors in First-Year Classrooms." (with Holly Huff Bruland.) International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 22(3): 308-319. 2010.

"Greening the Subject of/through Technical Writing." Academic Exchange Quarterly 13.4 (2010): 139-145.

“(Re)Appraising the Performance of Technical Communicators from a Posthumanist Perspective." Technical Communication Quarterly 19 (2010): 11-30.

"Mentoring First-Year Students in Composition: Tapping Role Construction to Teach." (with Holly Huff Bruland and Ryan Omizo). Currents in Teaching and Learning 1:1 (Fall 2008). 17-28.

"Service Learning as (Auto?) Ethnographic Encounter." Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy 7:3 (2008).

“Writing Workplace Cultures—Technically Speaking.”  In Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies.  Eds. Scott, J. Blake, Bernadette Longo, and KathleenWills.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2006. 199-218.

“Writing Workplace Cultures.” College Composition and Communication 53.2 (December 2001).  <>

Writing Workplace Cultures: An Archaeology of Professional Writing.  Urbana, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.

“Excavating the Subject.” :english matters: 1.3 (2000).  March 2000 .

“Documenting Contributory Expertise.”  Technical Communication. 45.2 (May 1998): 207-220.

“Workplace Ghostwriting.” (with “George”) Journal of Business and Technical Communication.  9.4 (October 1995): 425-445.

“Teaching Technical Authorship.” Technical Communication Quarterly.  4.3 (Summer 1995): 245-259.  (Winner of the  1996 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Award for Best Article on Methods of Teaching Technical or Scientific Communication.)

“Teaching Technical Writers to Be Anthropologists.”  Proceedings, 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for Technical Communication, Washington, D.C. (April 1995): 5-8.

“Toward Technical Authorship.”  Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.  24.4 (1994): 449-461.

“A Narratological Analysis of WAC Authorship.”  College English 56.7 (November 1994): 810-824.

“Positioning Technical Writing Students as Interpreters of Workplace Cultures.”  Proceedings, Annual Meeting of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific  Communication, Las Cruces, NM (October 1994): 16.

"Voice Lessons in a Poststructural Key: Notes on Response and Revision" (with Linda Brodkey ). A Rhetoric of Doing: Essays in Honor of James Kinneavy.  Ed. Stephen Witte, Roger Cherry, and Neil Nakadate. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992.144-160.

"Writing Architecture."  Journal of Architectural  Education. 43.2 (1990): 3-6.

Areas of Interest

composition studies, workplace and work life writing, technical/professional communication, auto/ethnography, mentoring, writing performance, writing across the curriculum


  • Board of Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2009)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, George Mason University (2004)
  • 2014 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Award for Best Collection of Essays on Technical and Scientific Communication (chapter contributor)
  • 2007 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Award for Best Collection of Essays on Technical and Scientific Communication (chapter contributor)
  • Distinguished Publication Award, Association for Business Communication, for Writing Workplace Cultures: An Archaeology of Professional Writing (2001)
  • Best Article on Methods of Teaching Technical and Scientific Writing, NCTE Committee on Technical and Scientific Communication (1996)


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Licence, Université de Genève
MA, Webster University in Geneva
BA, Princeton University


Spring Semester 2015

Course Title Time  
ENG 705(1) Seminar in Composition Studies (CR) M 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 464(1) Studies in Lifewriting: Worklife Writing T 1:30-4:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 705(1) Seminar in Composition Studies (CR) R 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 100(23) Composition I MWF 1:30-2:20 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 409(1) St/Comp/Rhet/Language (Perf Prof as Wtr) TR 12:00-1:15 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 605(1) Theory & Practice Teaching Composition (CR) M 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 464(1) Worklife Writing (Studies in Lifewriting) W 12:30-3:00 Edit