Author: Jim Purdy


James P. Purdy is an associate professor of English and director of the University Writing Center at Duquesne University, where he was awarded the 2016 McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also won several awards for his scholarship, including the 2011 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies and the 2008 Kairos Best Webtext Award (both with Joyce R. Walker) as well as two awards at the Independent Publisher Book Awards for volumes he co-edited with Randall McClure, the Bronze Medal in the Education Theory/Commentary Category for The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing in 2015 and the Silver Medal in the Education Theory/Commentary Category for The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students in 2014.

The idea for Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies began at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference ( The conference theme of architextures got us thinking about the ways in which physical and virtual architecture—and the processes of architecting—shape and are shaped by the creation, distribution, and reception of texts. At the conference, we both attended a hands-on session Saturday afternoon in Tompkins Hall on the North Carolina State University campus, and a conversation immediately after the session led us to see the value of bringing together multiple voices on how writing instructors propose, design, defend, and use the…

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