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adler kassnerLinda Adler-Kassner
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.

She has a profile page at the Writing Program website for UCSB.


gee1James 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.



graeme2Graeme Harper
Director of the University Honors College
Oakland University
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.




lowe-picCharlie Lowe
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.



mike palmquistMike Palmquist
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.



alex.reidAlex Reid
Associate Professor
SUNY- Buffalo

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 rheingoldHoward Rheingold
Visiting Lecturer
Stanford University

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.



rose shirleyShirley Rose
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.



Kristin SainaniKristin Sainani
Associate Professor
Stanford School of Medicine

Kristin Sainani (née Cobb) is a clinical assistant professor at Stanford University and also a health and science writer. After receiving an MS in statistics and PhD in epidemiology from Stanford University, she studied science writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has taught statistics and writing at Stanford for a decade and has received several Excellence in Teaching Awards from the graduate program in epidemiology.

Dr. Sainani writes about science for a range of audiences. Her stories appear in: Stanford magazine, Stanford Medicine magazine, and Biomedical Computation Review. She authors the health column Body News for Allure magazine. She is also the statistical editor for the journalPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation; and she authors a statistics column, Statistically Speaking, for this journal.


george siemensGeorge Siemens
Athabasca University

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. https://www.elearnspace.org/



Ilana SnyderIlana Snyder
Monash University

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.



TakuTaku Sugimoto
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.




ulmerGregory 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.



mc morganMC Morgan
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.



williamsBronwyn 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.



janiceJanice Walker
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.



susan langSusan Lang
Associate Professor
Texas Tech University

Susan Lang's research interests include computer-based instruction in composition and literature, intellectual property issues, hypertext, and textual theory.



Martin WellerMartin Weller
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.