PhD, Bowling Green State University
I grew up in eastern Iowa, earned a BA in English at the University of Iowa, an MFA in Fiction Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University. I joined the faculty at EMU in 1998.
Most of my teaching focuses on the relationships between writing and technology. I frequently point out that I am an expert in writing who uses computers and not an expert in computers who uses writing. However, since I have been invested in the use of technologies like the Internet to facilitate my teaching since the early 90s (email, newsgroups, web pages, synchronous discussion forums, blogs, etc), I suppose I am a "computer expert" of a sort, too. Technology can’t replace good teaching nor can it solve the problems of bad teaching. But I do think that instructional technology simultaneously facilitates and questions the student-centered classroom in interesting ways that has made me a better teacher.
Rhetoric of Science and Technology
Computers and Writing, Theory and Practice
Research in Theory and Practice of Writing
Topics in Professional Writing: Multimedia Writing
Researching the Public Experience
Writing, Style, and Technology
Critical Digital Literacies
Writing in the Professional World
Writing for the World Wide Web
Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Online Open Courses. Co-edited with Charles Lowe. Parlor Press, 2014.
“MOOC Response about ‘Listening to World Music.’” College Composition and Communication. 64.4 June 2013, 689-95.
“Blogs as an Alternative to Course Management Systems: Public, Interactive Teaching with a Round Peg in a Square Hole.” Chapter in Designing Web-Based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms. George Pullman and Baotong Gu, editors. Bayood Publishing, 2012.
“On the Other Hand: The Role of Antithetical Writing in First Year Composition Courses.” Chapter in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, editors. January 2011.
"Blogs as a Tool for Teaching." The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 24, 2005. B-33-35.
“When Blogging Goes Bad: A Cautionary Tale About Blogs, Emailing Lists, Discussion, and Interaction.”
. 9.1 September 2004.
— Reprinted in Johnson, T.R. (Ed).
Teaching Composition: Background Readings.
Third Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008