Huatong Sun, Ph.D.

Communication and Rhetoric/Human-Computer Interaction
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Michigan Technological University
Chinese Literature
Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC

I'm a researcher who explores the relationship and interaction between technology, culture and design in a glocalization age across multiple disciplines; a teacher who strives to nurture communication majors into competent professionals and socially responsible citizens with a sharp vision of critical media studies; and a designer who aims to articulate local voices with a culture-sensitive design approach.

Current Research

Please check my personal websiste for the most recent projects.


My teaching experience includes introductory and advanced courses in web and multimedia writing and design, document design, content management, computer-mediated communication, professional writing, technical and business communication, composition and ESL writing and writing internship. I usually teach the following courses for the communication major:

  • TCOM 220 Social Media
  • TCOM 320 Principles of Web Design
  • TCOM 330 Mobile Communication & Social Practice
  • TCOM 350 Editing and Design for Print Media
  • TCOM 420 Advanced Web Design
  • TCOM 440 Cross-Cultural Communication Design

I regularly supervise student internship projects in the areas of web design and social media and advise Global Honors students for research projects. 

  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • Association of Internet Researchers
Academic Service
  • Communication Major Coordinator
  • Glabol Honors Faculty Council
  • Member-at-large, ATTW (Association of Teachers of Technical Writing) Executive Committee, 2015-2018
  • Co-Chair of 2017 ATTW Annual Convention
  • Editorial Board Member of Journals
  • Manuscript Reviewer for University of Chicago Press, journals such as Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, and conferences in multiple disciplines ranging from Internet studies, HCI, technical communication and composition & rhetoric.
Honors and Awards
  • 2013 Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication Award by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
  • Nell Ann Picket Award for the Best Article of Technical Communication Quarterly, 2006
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication, 2005
  • The 8th Annual Localisation Research Centre Best Thesis Award, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2004
Scholarly Interests

My reserach explores the relationship and interaction between technology, culture, and design. I'm interested in studying how to design and innovate for usable, meaningful, and empowering technology for culturally diverse users in this increasingly globalized world, informed by theories intercultural communication, human-computer interaction, information studies, British cultural studies, and science and technology studies. 

View Huatong Sun's content in our Experts Gallery

CV or Resume
PDF icon SunCV2016.11.pdf261.63 KB