I’m Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University, where I am a core faculty member in the Writing Program and the Composition & Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program. I teach and study digital rhetoric, rhetorical theory, authorship, intellectual property theory, and technical & professional communication.
My current research projects explore rhetorical agency as it is performed in the process of composing texts that we culturally understand as unoriginal: encyclopedias, robot-written articles, and aggregated data. I also examine the ways that the material realities of print and digital production shape these writing processes. I’m currently wrapping up a book project entitled Textual Curation: Authorial Agency in Wikipedia and the Chambers’ Cyclopaedia that features a historical comparative study of articulated agency in these encyclopedias. Other work from this study has appeared or is forthcoming in College English, Le Monde Maçonnique des Lumiéres (Europe-Amériques et dépendances), and The Responsibilities of Rhetoric.
We also look forward to publication of our co-authored “Collaborative Pedagogy, Paper to Digital” in the second edition of A Guide to Composition Pedagogies (Oxford University Press, 2013).
A biographical article on Ephraim Chambers that I co-authored with French historian Georges Lamoine will appear in Le Monde Maçonnique des Lumiéres (Europe-Amériques et dépendances) [The World Masonic Enlightenment (Europe, Americas, and Dependencies)] (Editions Honoré Champion, 2013). This piece presents some of the archival research that I conducted in the United Grand Lodge of England and the Bodleian Library in 2010.
CCR grad student Seth Long and I have just finished a piece entitled “The Trees Within the Forest: Extracting, Coding, and Visualizing Subjective Data in Authorship Studies,” which is under review as part of Hart-Davidson and Ridolfo’s forthcoming collection Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities.
A solo-authored article on curation as composing practice is currently under review. I’m also at work on an article on teaching textual curation in advanced digital writing classrooms.
With Jessica Reyman, I’m beginning a study of machine agency in aggregated texts, particularly user-based metadata.
And I’m in the early stages of collecting data for my second book, which focuses on craft, the authorial signature, and rhetorical agency in the atelier tradition.
In the Fall 13 semester, I’ll be teaching a graduate seminar titled Techné to DIY: Rhetorics of Craft and our introductory course on Professional Writing. You can always find syllabi and various teaching materials under the “Teaching” tab.
I’m pleased to have received teaching awards from both of my previous institutions for innovative teaching with technology and for teaching excellence. Since joining the Writing Program faculty in 2009, I’ve been instrumental in our successful efforts to revise the core of the Writing Major as well as our core offering in Professional Writing and our undergraduate curriculum in Professional and Technical Writing. With Bradford Vivian, I founded and co-advise the Rhetoric Society of America @SU chapter.
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