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 sixteen books, including the recent monograph Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship and the edited volume Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics.  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:

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, 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.

Kristine 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

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 massive multiplayer online role playing games as sites for digital rhetoric research. A graduate of the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program at Michigan State University (2007), his dissertation project began the work of developing methodologies for research in digital rhetoric.  Eyman is the senior editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, he coordinates the Computer Connection at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and he serves as list and reviews editor for H-DigiRhet. His scholarly work has appeared in Pedagogy, Technical Communication, and Computers and Composition, as well as in a range of edited collections. Doug is also currently serving as chair of the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication.

Dr. Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. In 2011, he was honored with CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity, in 2014 he received the Conference on English Education’s Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English Education, and, in 2018, he received the Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator Award. An ISTE Certified Educator, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous 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 Associate Professor and Director of Composition at Virginia Tech. Generally, Mueller’s teaching and research concern the interplay of writing, rhetoric, and technology. He works at the intersection of digital writing platforms, networked writing practices, rhetorical aspects of computational methods (e.g., data mining and visualization), and discipliniographies or field narratives related to rhetoric and composition. 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). This project introduced and enacted a series of methodological interventions into the conditions of compounding disciplinary growth, expansion, and complexity in rhetoric and composition/writing studies. With Jennifer Clary-Lemon, Louise Wetherbee Phelps, and Andrea Williams, he is co-author of Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies (Inkshed and Parlor Press, 2017). Mueller’s work has also appeared in Kairos, Present Tense, Computers and Composition, College Composition and Communication, and Composition Forum. For more, visit

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).

M. Remi YergeauM. Remi Yergeau is Associate Director of Digital Studies and Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan. Their book, Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Duke UP), was awarded the 2018 MLA First Book Prize, the 2019 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, and the 2019 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award. They are currently at work on a second book project about disability, digital rhetoric, surveillance, and (a)sociality, tentatively titled Crip Data. Active in the neurodiversity movement, they have previously served on the boards of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the Autism National Committee (AutCom).


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 Rackham Merit Fellow 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 course management systems, digital literacies, online pedagogy, disability studies, social annotation, and reading practices. 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

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