Eastern Michigan University
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Steven D. Krause

Professor

603F Pray-Harrold

734.487.0985

skrause@emich.edu

Education

PhD, Bowling Green State University

Interests and Expertise

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.

Courses

Graduate:

Rhetoric of Science and Technology
Computers and Writing, Theory and Practice
Research in Theory and Practice of Writing
Topics in Professional Writing: Multimedia Writing

Undergraduate:

Researching the Public Experience
Writing, Style, and Technology
Critical Digital Literacies
Writing in the Professional World
Writing for the World Wide Web

Recent Publications and Presentations

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.

“’Where Do I List This on My CV?’ Considering the Values of Self-Published Web Sites, Version 2.0.” Kairos. 12.1 Fall 2007.

“Broadcast Composition : Using Audio Files and Podcasts in an Online Writing Course.” Computers and Composition Online, Fall 2006.

"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.”   Kairos . 9.1 September 2004.

— Reprinted in Johnson, T.R. (Ed). Teaching Composition: Background Readings.
Third Edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008