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Professor of Writing and Director of the Writing Program
University of California, Santa Barbara
Linda Adler-Kassner is Professor of Writing and Director of the Writing Program at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research centers broadly on how definitions of literacy are formed and what implications they carry. Most recently, this interest has led her to focus on writing in/and public policy on writing assessment. She is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books, including The Activist WPA (winner of the Council of Writing Program Administrators Best Book Award) (Utah State University Press, 2008) and, with Peggy O'Neill, Reframing Writing Assessment (Utah State University Press, 2010). She is currently working on a project exploring how learning is conceptualized and operationalized within and across general education programs in the U.S.
Steve E. Carson
External Relations Director
Steve Carson is External Relations Director for MIT OpenCourseWare. His responsibilities include sustainability initiatives, strategic partnerships with other organizations, MIT OpenCourseWare's support of opencourseware projects at other institutions, special projects in priority areas, and project evaluation. Steve also served as the first president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008 to 2011, where he oversaw the incorporation of the organization as an independent non-profit, secured funding to support its operation and helped grow membership to include more than 250 universities globally. He currently serves on the organization's board of directors.
Prior to joining the MIT OpenCourseWare team, Steve served as Associate Director of Emerson College's Division of Continuing Education in Boston, where—in addition to managing core academic activities of the division—he developed and taught Emerson's first asynchronous, Web-based distance learning course. Steve earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and taught creative and expository writing there for five years.
James P. Gee
Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies
Arizona State University
James Paul Gee is a member of the National Academy of Education. His book Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Third Edition 2007) was one of the founding documents in the formation of the "New Literacy Studies," an interdisciplinary field devoted to studying language, learning, and literacy in an integrated way in the full range of their cognitive, social, and cultural contexts. His book An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1999, Second Edition 2005) brings together his work on a methodology for studying communication in its cultural settings, an approach that has been widely influential over the last two decades.
Director of the University Honors College
Honorary Research Professor
University of Bedfordshire (UK)
Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries
Bangor University/University of Wales
Graeme Harper is Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries and Professor of Creative Writing at Bangor. As a creative writer and as a cultural critic (with specific interests in film/media and the creative industries), he is a regular international speaker. He is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) National Steering Committee on Practice-led Research, an honorary visiting professor (Professor of Creative Writing) in the School of Media, Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire, Chair of the HE Group of the National Association of Writers in Education and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Assistant Professor of Writing
Grand Valley State University
Charlie Lowe began Kairosnews in order to provide a dynamic online forum for ongoing discussions about rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. It is the first community weblog in the field of rhetoric and composition, and members of the Kairosnews community produce some of the most innovative work in the fields of computers and composition and technical communication.
Associate Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching
Professor of English
Colorado State University
Mike Palmquist is a specialist in rhetoric and composition, has taught undergraduate writing courses and graduate seminars in rhetorical theory, computers and writing, research methodology, and nonfiction writing. His research interests include writing across the curriculum, the effects of computer and network technologies on writing instruction, and the use of hypertext/hypermedia in instructional settings. His work has appeared in journals including Computers and Compositions, Written Communication, IEEE Transaction on Professional Communication, Engineering Education, Kairos, and Social Forces, as well as in edited collections.
Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Daisy Pignetti’s passion for evaluating college-level writing blossomed as she worked as a teaching assistant during her M.A. and Ph.D. programs, and continues to grow in her current position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. While she was hired as a Rhetoric and Composition generalist, her teaching of the upper-level course, "Advanced Rhetoric," led to a more involved role in the Professional Communication and Emerging Media program and eventually the newly created Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program.
A proud New Orleans native, she has presented her research on selfless and successful social media use in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the Oxford Internet Institute and Association of Internet Researchers in addition to the Computers and Writing community. She has been published in Computers and Composition Online and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy and her book chapter on blogs is part of Hampton Press’s New Dimensions in Computers and Composition series.
Alex Reid studies digital media networks with a particular interest in their operation within humanities pedagogy and scholarship. His book, The Two Virtuals: Composition and New Media, examines the intersection of technologies of virtual reality with philosophies of the virtual and considers how bringing these two discourses together offers insight into teaching writing.
Howard Rheingold is an artist, designer, theorist, community builder, critic, writer, and teacher; and one of the "driving minds behind our net-enabled, open, collaborative life". His specialties pertain to the cultural, social and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile telephony and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing). He was an early and active member of the Well, as well as the cofounder of HotWired and Electric Minds, two groundbreaking web communities. More recently, he's concerned with how collaboration is accomplished, and more specifically, how media—in particular, sites like Wikipedia—are an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work together as a group.
Howard Rheingold on TED Talks.
Professor of English
Arizona State University
Shirley K Rose is Professor of English and Director of ASU Writing Programs in the English Department on the Tempe campus, where she also teaches graduate courses in writing program administration. She directed the award-winning program in Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP). She also served as Assistant Head of the Purdue University Department of English. She is currently working on an analysis of results from a national survey of writing program administrators' preparation and expectations for pursuing the scholarship of administration with her co-investigator Jonikka Charlton of the University of Texas Pan American.
George Siemens is a strategist and researcher at the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. Formerly, he was the Associate Director, R & D, Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba. He is the founder Complexive Systems Inc., a research and learning lab focused on assisting organizations developing approaches to meet the needs of changing learners, employees, and global education and business environments. Siemens has keynoted and presented at national and international conferences. http://www.elearnspace.org/
Ilana Snyder is a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Australia. Her research focuses on the changes to literacy practices associated with the use of digital technologies and the implications for literacy education. Books that explore these issues include: Hypertext (1996) Page to Screen (1997) and Silicon Literacies (2002). The politics of the volatile media debates in Australia around literacy education was the focus of The Literacy Wars (2008). Her most recent books, both co-edited with John Niewenhuysen, are Closing the Gap in Education? (2010), which looks at the education of marginalised peoples and communities in southern world societies, and A Home Away From Home? (2011), which considers the complexities of international education in globalising times.
Professor of Education and Director of Education Center
Chiba Institute of Technology
Taku Sugimoto is Professor of Education at Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. As Director of Education Center, he is in charge of the campus-wide General Education program. He is also involved in the Teacher Education Program at the university. His research interests include educational use of computers and networks, literacy education, children’s and young people’s uses of digital technologies, and social impacts of network and mobile technologies.
Gregory L. Ulmer
University of Florida
Gregory L. Ulmer is the author of Internet Invention: From Literacy to Electracy (Longman, 2003) Heuretics: The Logic of Invention (Johns Hopkins, 1994), Teletheory: Grammatology in the Age of Video (Routledge, 1989), and Applied Grammatology: Post(e)-Pedagogy from Jacques Derrida to Joseph Beuys (Johns Hopkins, 1985). Ulmer has authored numerous articles and chapters exploring the shift in the apparatus of language from literacy to electracy. He has given invited addresses at international media arts conferences in Helsinki, Sydney, and Hamburg, as well as at many sites in the United States.
Professor of English
Bemidji State University
MC Morgan is a professor of English, former Director of The Writing Resource Center and former Director of Composition. He teaches academic writing, electronic rhetoric, technical writing and writing for the web and new media. In 2006 was awarded the BSU TELL Grant for Creating an Internship Opportunity: Blogging Interns.
Bronwyn T. Williams
Professor of English
University of Louisville
Bronwyn T. Williams teaches on issues of literacy, popular culture, and identity. His research has been primarily focused on the intersections between the literacy practices people engage in their daily lives, including their uses of popular culture, and the literacy practices they encounter in schools and universities. His work builds on scholarship in New Literacy Studies that maintains we should regard literacy not as a set of autonomous skills but instead as way of making meaning in different, sometimes overlapping domains of life can be found in his book Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online.
Georgia Southern University
Janice R. Walker is Professor of Writing and Linguistics and Chair of the IRB at Georgia Southern University. She has published journal articles and book chapters about online research, documentation, and writing, in addition to her two most recent books, The Columbia Guide to Online Style (Columbia UP, 2006) and Bookmarks: A Guide to Writing and Research (Longman, 2006). She is founder and coordinator of the Graduate Research Network at the annual Computers and Writing conference, and co-coordinator for the Georgia Conference on Information Literacy hosted by Georgia Southern University.
Texas Tech University
Susan Lang's research interests include computer-based instruction in composition and literature, intellectual property issues, hypertext, and textual theory.
Professor of Educational Technology
Open University, United Kingdom
Martin Weller is a professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. He is into exploring the impact of new technologies for learners and academics. Recently this has coalesced under the broad, inadequate heading of 'digital scholarship.' He has chaired the first major elearning course at the Open University, with around 15,000 students annually. He was also the director of the VLE project and the SocialLearn project at the OU.