Kyle Mattson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor; Writing Internship Coordinator

Thompson Hall 313

(501) 450-3338

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 and professional communication and cultural usability; cultures of industry and labor; sophistic rhetoric; composition.


Dr. Mattson's teaching and research pursuits converge where technical and professional communication, intercultural rhetoric, and usability studies meet. He celebrates all his students' successes—whether in the Writing Major and related minors of Professional Writing at UCA or in First-Year Writing.


Screen shot 2014-10-11 at 12.24.42 PMAs coeditor of connexions, international professional communication journal, Dr. Mattson plays a lead role in the publication cycle peer-reviewed articles and contributes in a back-up capacity to the completion and transcription of video interviews of lead voices across industry and academia for this online publication.

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 11.21.37 AM (1)As co-investigator on Visualizing Science & Technology Across Cultures (VISTAC) - Science & Technology Visuals in Action Project, Dr. Mattson works on a suite of projects under the banner of the internationally collaborative Visualizing STEM Research Synergy Cluster, administered out of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Pilot study seeking participants: Practicing engineers
The VISTAC - Science & Technology Visuals in Action Pilot Study seeks practicing engineers in the Conway or Greater Little Rock area who would be willing to serve as participants on a workplace shadowing study. The study would involve 3 main steps: (1) completion of a preliminary survey, (2) a 2-day on-site visit (requires some video-recording and access to approved engineering visuals), and (3) a brief follow-up interview. Industry- or municipality-based engineers are welcome. If you would like more information, or if you have a relevant lead to share, email Dr. Mattson at or leave a thorough message at 501-450-3338. For more on this IRB approved study (New Mexico Tech IRB Approval Number 2015-05-003), please visit the research project website.

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Potential internship partners
As Writing Internship Coordinator, Dr. Mattson welcomes inquiries. Are you a potential internship partners in industry, government, or the nonprofit sector? Email Dr. Mattson at or leave a thorough message at 501-450-3338.

Future interns
If you are Department of Writing undergraduate major, minor, or MFA graduate student pursuing a future internship for which you would like academic credit, make an appointment with Dr. Mattson in the semester prior to the planned internship. Interested students should email me at to make an appointment.