Writing is always more than a matter of grammatical correctness and clarity. As rhetoricians have appreciated for centuries, becoming an effective speaker, writer, or, in the present, social media content creator means being able to discover the available means of persuasion for a particular audience, time, and medium. While my approach to pedagogy stems from many different places and influences, here are a few threads:

a) Jody Shipka's Toward a Composition Made Whole. Shipka observes that "multimodal" doesn't just mean "digital." It also means teaching the full materiality of any medium from the physical spaces that we write in, the music or coffee shop noise we listen to while we type, or the 50 minute laundry timers we use to structure our writing activities.

b) David M. Sheridan, Jim Ridolfo, and Anthony J. Michel's The Available Means of Persuasion: Mapping a Theory and Pedagogy of Multimodal Public Writing. They argue that we fail to adequately prepare student writers as public rhetors to realize kairos if we do not train them about the rhetorical affordances and constraints of different mediums.

The image on the left contains a project by a former student (Ben Crane). It uses a Makey Makey re-programmable circuit board to require a videogame player for Undertale to use physical inputs (a heart that gets warmer and a sword which gets colder as the player touches either frequently) to make a procedural argument about the virtue of mercy in fight sequences. I always try to teach projects that enable students to explore how their processes of rhetorical invention in digital rhetoric can reach actual audiences through a variety of mediums. Echoing Aristotle's thinking in the Nicomachean Ethics, asking student writers to engage public audiences continues rhetoric's "always already" entanglement with ethical and critical decision-making.

Here is a link to my complete teaching philosophy if you're interested.

Select Syllabi

Videogame Rhetoric (Engh 611/488, Summer 2018)

Reading (and Writing) the Comments: Qualitative Research in Networked Spaces (Engh 609/488, Spring 2017)

Machine Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (Engh 611/488, Summer 2017)

Critical Making as Rhetorical Invention (Engh 824, Summer 2016)

Courses Taught at George Mason University (2013-present), Assistant Professor

Cultures of Online Writing (ENGH 609/488)

Advanced Writing (Humanities) face-to-face and online (ENGH 302)

Institutional Rhetorics Core (Classical Rhetoric) (ENGH 720)

Special Topics: Rhetoric and Writing About, In, and Through

Videogames (ENGH 611/488), MA/BA special topics seminar

Digital Humanities as Critical Making (ENGH 824)

Intro to the Field of Professional Writing and Rhetoric (ENGH 380)

Theory and Inquiry: The Question of Rhetorical Invention (ENGH 308)

Studies in Public Rhetorics (ENGH 726)

Document Design and E-publishing (ENGH 505)

New Media and Digital Rhetoric (ENGH 508/397), MA and BA seminar

Technical and Professional Writing (ENGH 388)

Composition Theory (ENGH 697), MA seminar

Advanced Writing (Humanities) (ENGH 302), BA course

Materiality and New Media Rhetoric (ENGH 488)

Clemson University (2009-2013), Instructor of Record (PhD Student)

Cultural Literacies Across Media (CAAH 201), pilot online

multimodal program for study abroad students, scheduled for Spring 2013.

Technical Writing (ENGL 314)

Writing in the Health Professions (ENGL 315N).

Scientific Writing and Communication Theory (ENGL 315)

Teaching Assistant Practicum (ENGL 886)

Accelerated Composition (ENGL 103)

Beijing Forestry University (2008-2009), Visiting Professor

Advanced Oral and Written English for Masters and

Doctoral Students (ForLang 880)

Special Topics in Advanced Oral and Written English

for Masters and Doctoral Students (ForLang 881)

Technical and Professional Writing for Graduate

Students in English (ForLang 885)

American Film and Culture (ForLang 900). 

Washington State University (2006-2008), Instructor of Record (MA Student)

Aug. 2006-May 2008, Instructor of Record

Introduction to Composition (ENGL 101)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Writing Center Tutor (ENGL 102)

Ancient Civilizations (GENED 301)