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Assistant Professor of English, University of Alabama


Ph.D.: English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Concentration: Writing Studies
Dissertation: “Life, Learning, and Literacy on the Social Network: Digital Participatory Culture.”
Committee: Gail Hawisher (chair), Paul Prior, Spencer Schaffner, & Lisa Nakamura

M.A.: English, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2005
Concentration: Composition
Thesis:  “Keyboard Collaborations: A Case Study of Power and Computers in Writing Center Tutoring.”
Committee: Jacqueline Grutsch McKinney (chair), Kristie Fleckenstein, & Carole Clark Papper

B.A.: English, Albion College, Albion, MI, 2003
Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude, with Albion College Honors


“Crafting Online Spaces: Identity and Materiality: An Interview with Hannah Bellwoar.” With Hannah Bellwoar. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Special issue on Social Media. Forthcoming.

“Examining Digital Literacy Practices on Social Network Sites.” Research in the Teaching of English. 47 (2012): 9-37.

“The Invisible Interface: MS Word in the Writing Center.” Computers and Composition, 25 (2008): 396-415.

“Taking in the Trash: Reception Theory and Storage Wars,” With Theo Plothe. Journal of Popular Culture. Forthcoming.


“Grad School 2.0: Performing Professionalism on Social Media.” Ed. Stephanie Vie & Douglas Walls. Social Writing/Social Media: Pedagogy, Presentation, and Publics. WAC Clearinghouse/Parlor Press. Forthcoming.

“Mapping Literate Lives: Narratives, Languages, and Histories of Place.” With Gail E. Hawisher. Ed. Lewis Ulman, Scott DeWitt, and Cynthia Selfe.  Stories That Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Computers and Composition Digital Press / Utah State University Press, 2013. http://ccdigitalpress.org/stories/

“Ubiquitous Writing and Learning: Digital Media as Tools for Reflection and Research on Literate Activity.” With Gail E. Hawisher, Paul Prior, Patrick Berry, Steven E. Gump, Cory Holding, Hannah Lee, Christa Olson, and Janine Solberg. Ed. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis.  Ubiquitous Learning: Emerging Ecologies. Urbana, IL:  University of Illinois Press, 2009. 254-264.


“Physically Present and Digitally Active: Locating Ecologies of Writing on Social Networks.” Ed. Pamela Takayoshi and Patrick Thomas. In Literacy in Practice. Accepted for collection. Collection under review with publisher.

“Keeping up with Technology.” In Strategies for Writing Center Research. Ed. Jacqueline Grutsch McKinney. Accepted for collection. Under review with Parlor Press.


“Beyond LinkedIn: Investigating Students’ Professional Digital Identities.” PSC-CUNY Grant. Awarded $3,153.80, 2014 – 2015.


Special Issue Editor – Rhetorics of Crafting & DIY, Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Art of Persuasion. With Martha Webber, Megan Condis, Kristin Prins, and Marilee Brooks Gillies. Fall 2015.


 Invited Book review: Writing Under: Selections from the Internet Text, by Alan Sondheim. Configurations. 22.1 (2014): 139-141.

Professional Designer for chapter in The New Work of Composing:

Prior, Paul. “New Scholarly Genres: A Response.” Ed. Debra Journet, Cheryl Ball, Ryan Trauman. The New Work of Composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press / Utah State University Press, 2012. http://ccdigitalpress.org/nwc/


College of Staten Island, 2012 – 2015

ENG 111: Introduction to College Writing
First-year composition course emphasizing process writing and structures of academic discourse. Course themed on introduction to writing studies. Fall 2012.

ENG 151: College Writing
First-year composition course focused on analytical and research writing, emphasizing critically analyzing texts and writing about primary and secondary research. Themed course sections on writing about place (Verrazano Honors Program Section, Spring 2014) and ethnography and student culture (Spring 2013).

ENL 438 / COM 438: Newspaper Reporting
Journalism course focused on reporting in the digital age, exploring journalism practice from print to multimedia reporting. Spring 2013.

COM 446: Digital Design for Journalists
Journalism course emphasizing digital design skills and media convergence; second course in Digital Journalism sequence. Spring 2014.

ENG 686: Teaching of Writing
An introduction to the principal issues and debates in writing pedagogy and scholarship, focusing on theory and practice. Course themed on writing in the 21st century. Fall 2012, 2013, 2014.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006 – 2012

INFO 303 / WRIT 303: Writing Across Media
Advanced composition course exploring composition with images, sound, video, and other media while considering theoretical perspectives on rhetorical concepts such as authorship, audience, process, revision, and design. As part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative, this section also focused on qualitative inquiry and representation of the university through media. Fall 2011, Spring 2012.

ART 250: Writing With Video
Advanced composition course focused on the exploration of video as a rhetorical medium. Students read theoretical and practical texts on video composition, engaged in creative and qualitative inquiry, and completed documentary video projects. Fall 2007, Spring 2008.

BTW 250: Principles of Professional Communication
Advanced composition course stressing elements of business and technical writing. Students studied rhetorical principles of workplace communication and completed collaborative research report. Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Summer 2007.

 Comp B1: Intro to Composition
Composition course emphasizing academic writing conventions and source use for the Summer Bridge Transition Program, a summer college-prep program for incoming students identified as at risk. Summer 2008.

Composition Tutor, Summer Bridge Transition Program

Teaching Assistant

ENGL 584: Literate Lives, Digital Times
Teaching Assistant to Gail Hawisher for graduate course. Facilitated computer lab portion of class focused on digital literacies. Assisted students in the composing of video projects and digital portfolios. Fall 2010.

Illinois Central College, Peoria, Illinois, 2005 – 2006

English 105: Basic Composition
English 110: Composition I
Literature 110: Introduction to Literature

Ball State University, 2003 – 2005

English 103: Rhetoric and Writing
Writing Center Tutor


College of Staten Island

Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum Program, 2013-present
Oversee writing fellows from the Graduate Center and manage professional development and outreach to college faculty on Writing Across the Curriculum topics. Oversee writing fellows’ individual research projects, plan workshops and events, and coordinate with the Center for Faculty Development and the Verrazano Honors Program. Conduct comprehensive study of student writing.

Interim Director, Writing Program, Fall 2013
Assisted in managing the Writing Program during department transition. Oversaw adjunct writing instructors, planned workshops, managed instructor observations and evaluations, and scheduled Spring 2014 writing program courses.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Director, Center for Writing Studies, Fall 2008-Spring 2011
Developed and planned events for Center for Writing Studies graduate program, invited visiting scholars and local faculty for sponsored lectures in the Colloquium Series and the Research-in-Progress Brownbag Series. Assisted in writing across the curriculum workshops for faculty and graduate students. Served on Center committees with graduate faculty. Planned professional development events for graduate students and supervised mentoring program. Initiated and developed in-house graduate student conference in writing studies.

Coordinator, Writing Across Media, Fall 2008-Spring 2011
Supervised instructors of Writing Across Media (INFO 303/WRIT 303), a digital media rich undergraduate advanced composition course. Collaborated in course development. Developed and maintained digital archive of teaching resources.

University of Illinois Writing Project, Leadership Team, Summer 2009-present
Mentored teacher consultants during Summer Institute, planned technology training sessions, assisted teachers in digital composition.

Special Projects Coordinator, Undergraduate Rhetoric Program, 2007-2008
Redesigned writing program website and database of teacher resources. Assisted in planning for Community College and University English Articulation Conference. Assisted Director with articulation of transfer courses.

Ball State University (MA)

Tutor Training Coordinator, Writing Center, 2003-2004
Planned and led tutor training sessions on such topics as teaching/learning styles and interpersonal relations with writing center clients.


College of Staten Island
New Faculty Summer Research Award, Summer 2014
Faculty Center for Professional Development Travel Grant, 2014

University of Illinois
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaborative (HASTAC) Scholar
English Department Dissertation Fellowship, Competitively Awarded
Smalley Fellowship, Competitively Awarded
LAS Fellowship in Humanities, Competitively Awarded
Distinction, Special Field Preliminary Exam
Campus List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent by Students
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Reading Group Award
Center for Writing Studies Conference Fellowship
English Department Conference Travel Award

Ball State University
Nominee, Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
Graduate School Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence
University College Graduate Fellowship, Competitively Awarded


“The Job, Not Just the Job Market: Preparing for Professional Life in Composition & Rhetoric.” Half-day workshop with Christa Olson, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, Tim Laquintano, Samantha Looker, Sarah Moore Alderfer, Elizabeth Baldridge, Amy Wan, and Julia Voss. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 2015.

Teachers as Bloggers Institute. Four-day professional development blogging workshop with Elisabeth Johnson and David Allen. College of Staten Island. July 2014.

“Evocative Objects: Re-imagining the Possibilities of Multimodal Composition.” Half-day workshop with Jody Shipka, Erin Anderson, and Kerry Banazek. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.

Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar for Teaching Assistants. Two-day professional development seminars with Gail Hawisher and Paul Prior. Fall 2008-Spring 2011.

Summer Institute. University of Illinois Writing Project. Month-long National Writing Project professional development program with Gail Hawisher, Sarah McCarthey, Elizabeth Morley, and Scott Filkins. Summer 2008 – 2011.

“Writing with Video: Integrating Video into Multigenre Work.” Presentation during Half-day Workshop, “Multigenre Writing: A New Wave of Hybrid, Cross-Genre, and Multimodal Assignments,” led by Nancy Mack. Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. April 2009.


“Studying Social Media: The Ethics of Studying Literacy Practices through Social Networks.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 2015.

“Mean Tweets’ and Celebrities: Policing Behavior on Twitter.” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 2014.

“Building Professional Identities through Social Media.” Association of Internet Researchers Conference. Daegu, South Korea. October 2014.

“Linking In: Access and Professional Digital Identity.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

“Physically Present and Digitally Active: Locating Ecologies of Writing on Social Networks.” International Writing Research Across Borders Conference. Paris, France. February 2014.

“Interior Decorators 2.0: Promoting the Natural World to Citizens on Instagram.” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Conference. Atlantic City, NJ. November 2013.

“Crafting the Web: Material Literacies and Identity on Ravelry.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Stanford University. Stanford, CA. September 2013.

“Writing Across Media: Social and Material Theories of Invention.” Computers and Writing Conference. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD. June 2013.

“Learning About Student Writing: WAC Study of Student Writing at CSI.” With Hildegard Hoeller, Estefania Ponti, Krysia Michael, and Christina Kirkman. Transformations in Teaching and Learning: Research and Evidence Based Practices at CUNY. Ninth Annual CUE Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. May 2013.

“Women’s Literate Lives on Social Network Sites.” Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference. Washington, DC. March 2013.

“Page against the Machine: Rewriting Interfaces on the Social Network.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.

“Beyond Stitch and Bitch: Identity on Ravelry and Beyond.” Computers and Writing. North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC. May 2012.

“Transnational Figured Worlds: Constructing Identities Through Social Network Sites.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.

“Evaluating the Impact of Integrating Informatics.” With Delwyn L. Harnisch, Gail E. Hawisher, Jonathan W. Stone, and Amanda Kuehn. The Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. University of Illinois. Urbana, IL. May 2011.

“Managing the Janus: Negotiating Dual Identities in Networking on Twitter.” Computers and Writing Conference. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI. May 2011.

“Mapping Literate Lives: Narratives, Languages, and Histories of Place.” With Gail E. Hawisher. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. April 2011.

“Privatize Your News Feed: Privacy, Identity, and Literate Activity on Social Networking Sites.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, KY. October 2010.

“Dialogic Identities: Authoring Self Across New Media Spaces.” Computers and Writing Conference. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. May 2010.

“Beyond Directive and Nondirective: Rethinking Writing Center Tutoring.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

“Centering Computers and Composing in Writing Centers: Actualizing the Question.” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN. November 2004.

Mentor, L. Ramon Veal Seminar, National Council of Teachers of English, 2014
Social Media and Visibility Editor, Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2012-present
Discussion Leader, Graduate Research Network, Computers & Writing, 2013
Associate Editor, Computers and Composition, 2008-2010
Webmaster, Doctoral Consortium of Programs in Rhetoric and Composition, 2008-2011
Graduate Student Representative, Doctoral Consortium of Programs in Rhetoric and Composition, 2009 – 2011
Manuscript Reviewer, Computers & Composition, Research in the Teaching of English, Pedagogy, Hampton Press
Textbook Reviewer, Bedford St. Martin, Oxford University Press
Proposal Reviewer, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, 2014
Proposal Reviewer, Computers and Writing, 2011

 College of Staten Island, CUNY
CUNY, Writing Across the Curriculum Directors, 2013 – 2015
College of Staten Island, Phi Beta Kappa Associates, 2014 – 2015
English Department, ENG 111/151 Committee, 2012 – 2015, Interim Chair, 2013
English Department, Space Committee, 2013 – 2015
English Department, Major Committee, 2014 – 2015
English Department, Outcomes Assessment Committee, 2014 – 2015

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Center for Writing Studies, Graduate Programs Committee, 2008-2011
Center for Writing Studies, Campus Advisory Committee, 2008-2011
University of Illinois Writing Project, Advisory Committee, 2008-2011
Writing Across Media Steering Committee, 2008-present
Writing Studies Graduate Conference Planning Committee, 2009-2011
Committee for Computer Assistance, Department of English, 2007-2009
Executive Committee, English Graduate Student Association, 2007-2008
Rhetoric Advisory Committee, Department of English, 2007-2008
Textbook Committee, Programs in Professional Writing, 2006-2007

 Illinois Central College
Composition Committee, Department of English, 2005-2006
Service Committee, American Association of Women in Community Colleges, 2005-2006

Ball State University
Graduate Student Advisory Board, Department of English, 2003-2005
Faculty Forum Coordinator, Graduate Student Advisory Board, 2004-2005
Practical Criticism Midwest, Conference Organizing Committee, 2004-2005

Conference on College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Association of Internet Researchers
Popular Culture Association
International Association for the Advancement of Writing Research