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
Writing, Style, and Technology
Writing for the World Wide Web
Computers and Writing, Theory and Practice
“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.
“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