Kyle Mattson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Writing Internship Coordinator
Thompson Hall 313
Ph.D., English Studies: Technical Communication, Illinois State University
M.A., English: Rhetoric & Applied Writing, St. Cloud State University
B.A., English: Linguistics, St. Cloud State University
Technical communication and cultural usability; cultures of industry and labor; sophistic rhetoric; composition.
Dr. Kyle Mattson earned a Ph.D. with a concentration in technical communication (an area inclusive of technical and professional writing) at Illinois State University.
To his teaching, Dr. Mattson brings memories of life in the Upper Midwest and Southeast Asia, not to mention tales of his immigrant ancestors. While such experiences and stories give him empathy for the challenges students face, he maintains high expectations of students' academic performance. In many ways, his path to UCA was an indirect one. Recognizing that students' earliest efforts in higher education are quite tentative at best, Dr. Mattson still celebrates that day when he graduated from a 4-year public university. That success followed a time of rather tentative study at Itasca Community College on Minnesota's Iron Range, a place where early immigrants and their families had fought for basic economic rights in the boom-and-bust years that began twentieth-century America.
Complementing his life story, Dr. Mattson's research interests situate technical and professional communication alongside intercultural rhetoric and cultural usability. This research integrates stories of workers' professional lives and practices with the online and print-based documents workers design and distribute. It's research that examines the histories, trends, and tragedies that require our attention and await our understanding. Dr. Mattson hopes that students will find Professional Writing at UCA to be as relevant to their lives as he has found the discipline to be to his own life.
As Writing Internship Coordinator, Dr. Mattson welcomes inquiries from new—as well as feedback from existing—internship partners, whether in industry, government, or nonprofit sectors across Greater Little Rock, Central Arkansas, or elsewhere in the region.
If you are a potential internship partner seeking interns, please see Information for Prospective Internship Partners and contact Dr. Mattson directly.
If you are a Department of Writing undergraduate or graduate student considering an internship, see Overview of the Internship Program in Writing and contact Dr. Mattson directly.