Board Members

Jonathan Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also associate dean in the Division of Undergraduate Education.  He was the Founding Director of the UCI Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, and is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books, including the recent monograph Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship and the edited volume Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics.  Some of his most recent work is in creative nonfiction, including The Creep Trilogy (including Creep: A Life, a Theory, an ApologyBullied: The Story of an Abuse; and Dear Queer Self) as well as Stroke Book: The Diary of a Blindspot.  He is also a frequent contributor to and YA/children’s section editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.  For more on Jonathan, see his website: http://www.the-blank-page.com.

Cheryl E. Ball Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library. In 2010, Ball received tenure at Illinois State University with the first open-access, all-digital portfolio. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. Her recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, as well as on her personal repository, http://ceball.com. During the 2013-14 academic year, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, studying research mediation practices and teaching academic literacies to Ph.D. students. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Ball has an M.F.A. in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she completed the school’s first electronic, interactive thesis, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Kristine BlairKristine L. Blair is Dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. The author, co-author, and editor of nearly 100 publications on gender and technology, online learning, and graduate education, Dr. Blair currently serves as editor of both the international print and online journal Computers and Composition. With a research focus in digital rhetoric and writing, Dr. Blair is a recipient of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s (CCCC) Technology Innovator Award and the Computers and Composition Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. A former Chair of the CCCC Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition, in 2017, she was named a Distinguished Woman Scholar by her doctoral alma mater, Purdue University, and she received the 2017 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Visit her website at https://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/kristine-l-blair.

Douglas Eyman teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University. His current research interests include investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development, new media scholarship, electronic publication, information design/information architecture, teaching in digital environments, and online games as sites for digital rhetoric research. Eyman is the senior editor and publisher of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Key publications include Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice, and Play/Write (co-edited with Andréa Davis). His scholarly work has appeared in PedagogyTechnical Communication, and Computers and Composition, as well as in a range of edited collections. 

Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University, where he teaches master’s and doctoral courses in educational technology. He is also Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. During the 2020-21 school year, Dr. Hicks served as the leader of a Teaching with Primary Sources grant through the Library of Congress, and as coeditor of the Michigan Reading Journal. A former middle school teacher, he has received numerous accolades, including from the Michigan Reading Association (Teacher Educator Award), Central Michigan University (Excellence in Teaching Award), and the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research (Divergent Award for Excellence). An ISTE Certified Educator and trained as a facilitator in digital storytelling through StoryCenter, Dr. Hicks consults with a number of educational companies and non-profit organizations and presents regularly at national educational conferences. He has authored dozens of books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro

Derek Mueller is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing, and Director of Composition at Virginia Tech. Generally, Mueller’s teaching and research inquire into the knot puzzle of writing, rhetorics, and technologies. More specifically, he works at the intersection of networked writing practices, research methods and methodologies, data visualization and imagetext rhetorics, theories and practices of composition, and accounts of disciplinary coalescence and maturation, particularly in the context of rhetoric and composition/writing studies. His 2018 book, Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing A Discipline, was awarded the Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award (2018) and CCCC Research Impact Award (2019). Mueller’s current research considers disciplinary hauntology, taking up a series of gones, or marked termini and lossy conditions, tracing impermanence and its consequences for ever-dissipating knowledges. For more, visit http://www.derekmueller.net/.

Jentery Sayers is an Associate Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria, where he also directs the Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies with support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. His work appears in The Journal of Electronic PublishingAmerican LiteratureVisible LanguageLiterature CompassVictorian ReviewAmodernHyperrhiz: New Media CulturesKeywords for American Cultural StudiesComputers and Composition Online, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. He’s the editor of Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (University Minnesota Press), the Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities (Routledge), and Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities (Modern Language Association, with Davis, Harris, and Gold, co-editors). He is a member of the editorial board for Kairos and the steering committee for the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC).

 

Directors

Anne-Ruggles-GereAnne Ruggles Gere is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, where she serves as Co-Chair of the Joint PhD in English and Education. A past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, she is currently First Vice President of the Modern Language Association and will serve as President from January 2018 to January 2019. She has published a dozen books and over 100 articles on writing. An early adopter of computer-based writing, she ran a Beta site for WANDAH, a computer program that later became HBJ Writer. More recently she received a Computerworld Smithsonian Award for integrating technology into a teacher education program, and she led initiatives at UM to offer new media writing courses for undergraduates. Currently she is PI of “The Book Unbound: Enhancing Multilayered Digital Publications through Collaboration,” a project that will produce a layered digital narrative of a longitudinal study of student writing development and include complex multimedia objects.

Naomi Silver photoNaomi Silver is Associate Director of the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan, where she teaches and does research on writing centers, writing in the disciplines, and digital rhetoric. Her current research projects include studies of the impact of electronic portfolios and digitally mediated reflective practice on college student writing development, in connection with the International Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research; and the role of metacognition in student acquisition of disciplinary writing conventions in upper-level writing classes, in collaboration with a cohort of 13 research universities sponsored by the Teagle and Spencer Foundations. Recent publications include a co-edited collection on Reflection and Metacognition in College Teaching, forthcoming from Stylus Press, and a co-authored article on “The Idea of a Multiliteracy Center: Six Responses” in the Spring 2012 issue of Praxis.

DRC_SimoneSimone Sessolo works in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At Sweetland, he co-directs the Dissertation Writing Institute and the Dissertation Writing Groups, and he chairs the Digital and Social Media Curriculum Committee. In May 2020, he received the inaugural Digital Studies Institute Teaching Award. He teaches classes that emphasize bridging the gap between academic and social purposes, particularly appreciating the way digital rhetoric facilitates the development of multimodal literacy. Recently, he headed the development of the Dissertation eCoach, an interactive digital messaging tool that assists graduate students transitioning from coursework to dissertation writing. For that project, his team received the Academic Innovation Fund (twice), the Rackham Dean’s Strategic Initiatives Fund, the CRLT Instructional Development Fund, and the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs Funding for Research on Teaching and Learning. His work has appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture, Syllabus, Prompt, and The JUMP+. You can follow him on Twitter @Simone_Sessolo, and on Instagram as simonesessolo

Graduate Administrative and Editorial Associate

Jathan Day is a PhD candidate in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education. He is a graduate teaching assistant in the English Department Writing Program and a graduate consultant for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). He received a B.A. in English and Languages and an M.A. in English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jathan’s research interests include learning management systems, digital literacies and rhetorics, online pedagogy, online accessibility, and collaboration. His dissertation examines how writing instructors’ pedagogies and design decisions in Canvas affect the way in which students engage with it through their writing and learning. You can find Jathan online at jathanday.wordpress.com.

Former Graduate Associates

a photo of Adrienne Ra, the Graduate Administrative and Editorial Assistant for the Sweetland DRC

Adrienne Raw is an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at SUNY Cortland where she teaches classes in professional, technical, and public writing; rhetoric; and digital culture and composition. She served as the DRC’s Graduate Associate from 2016 to 2019 while completing her PhD in The University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education. Her research focuses on discussion and discourse in fandom communities. Her other research interests include composition pedagogy, multimedia writing and teaching, and professional communication. She earned her BA in Anthropology and Rhetoric and Professional Writing and her MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo, and her B.Ed in Adult Education from Brock University. She is currently working on an academic manuscript about the role and perceptions of discussion/discourse within fandom communities on Tumblr. You can follow her on Twitter @AdrienneRaw.

a photo of Merideth lit by the screen of her iPhone as she texts on itMerideth Garcia is a PhD student in The University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education. She is a Rackham Merit Fellow and a Graduate Student Instructor of composition and English teaching methods. Her research interests include multimedia composition across the curriculum, digital writing pedagogy and practice, and teacher education. She earned her BA in English Literature and her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Austin and her MA in English Literature from The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She taught English and English to Speakers of Other Languages for ten years at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. You can follow her on twitter @mgarcia or find her online at http://meridethgarcia.com