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Employment

Director (2015-present)
Writing Program, UC Santa Barbara

Associate Director (2010-2015); Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (2013-present); Senior Lecturer (2011-2013); Acting Co-Director (2008-2010); Lecturer (1987-2011)


Publications

"Autobiography Scholarship 2.0?: Understanding New Forms of Online Life Writing." Special Issue of Biography on "Online Lives 2.0": 267-272.

Reading Popular Culture. (with M. Petracca). New York; Penguin, 2011.

Common Culture: Reading and Writing about American Popular Culture. (with M. Petracca). Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey; Prentice Hall, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011.

"Information Visualization, Web 2.0, and the Teaching of Writing," Computers and Composition 27 (2010): 59-70.

Review of CCCC 2010 Session D.24, "Scholarship, Remix, and the Database." (with James P. Purdy). Kairos 15.1 (Fall 2010): http://35.9.119.214/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CCCCReviews/2010D24PurdySorapure.

"Moving Writing: A Critical Approach to Animation in Composition." (2009). In Digital Tools in Composition Studies. Ed. Byron Hawk, Ollie Oviedo, and Joyce Walker. Cresskill, New Jersey: Hampton Press. (PDF)

"The Lifewriting of Dataselves: Autobiographical Acts in New Media."(2008). In Reading (and Writing) New Media, Cheryl Ball and Jim Kalmbach, Eds. Hampton Press.

"Introducing Inventio." (with Karl Stolley). Kairos 12, 1 (Fall 2007): http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/12.1/binder.html?inventio/index.htm.

"Text, Image, Code, Comment: Writing in Flash," Computers and Composition 23, 4 (2006): 412-429.

"Between Modes: Assessing Student New Media Compositions," Kairos 10.2 (Winter 2006).

  • Winner of the Kairos Best Webtext Award, 2005.
  • reprinted in Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing 2nd edition. Irene L. Clark, ed. New York; Routledge, 2011

"Five Principles of New Media: Or, Playing Lev Manovich," Kairos 8, 2 (Winter 2004).

"Screening Moments, Scrolling Lives: Diary Writing on the Web," Biography 26, 1 (Winter 2003).

Presentations

"Building and Sustaining a Writing Minor," Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference (Boise, ID), July 2015.

(panel participant) "Sustaining Connections Beyond the Writing Program: An Exploration in Metaphors," Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference (Boise, ID), July 2015.

"Watching Writing: Screencasting and Insight into the Writing Process," College Composition and Communication Conference (Tampa, FL), March 2015.

"Threshold Concepts in Computers & Writing: The Example of Design," Computers and Writing (Pullman, WA), June 2014.

“Visualizing and Analyzing Screencast Data,” Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference (Indianapolis, IN), March 2014.

“Composing in Time and Space,” Digital Pedagogy Poster at the College Composition and Communication Conference (Indianapolis, IN), March 2014.

“Video screen capture and reflection in the study of transfer,” Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer Conference (Elon, NC), June 2013.

“Twelve Viewers Viewing: Establishing Models of Document Design Feedback in Composition and Professional Communication,” Panel Presentation and Featured Session, College Composition and Communication Conference (Las Vegas, NV), March 2013.

“Text to Video to Text: Remediating with an Eye on the Viral” (with Dan Wuebben), Computer Connection at the College Composition and Communication Conference (Las Vegas, NV), March 2013.

“Using Infographics to Represent the Work of Writing Programs,” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference (Albuquerque, NM), July 2012.

"Infovisual Literacy: Understanding Rhetorical Tactics in Information Visualization," College Composition and Communication Conference (St. Louis, MO), March 2012.

"Mini-workshop on Megazine," Computers and Writing Conference (Ann Arbor, MI), May 2011.

"New Journalism Visualizations: How Do We See the News?," Writing Research Across Borders (Washington, DC), February 2011.

"Seeing Writing: Interactive Text Visualizations in Pedagogy and Research," Computers and Writing Conference (West Lafayette, IN), June 2010.

"Web 2.0 Panel Discussion," Computers and Writing Conference (West Lafayette, IN), June 2010.

"Visualizing Text," Computer Connection at the College Composition and Communication Conference (Louisville, KY), March 2010.

"Playing with Data: Information Visualization and Composition Studies," Computers and Writing Conference (Davis, CA), June 2009. (HTML)

"Composing Digital Scholarship: A Workshop for Authors" (Workshop Speaker), Computers and Writing Conference (Davis, CA), June 2008.

"Zooming In and Out: Alternative Views of the CCCC," College Composition and Communication Conference (San Francisco, CA), March 2009.

"Web 2.0, Information Visualization, and Writing," Writing Research Colloquium (Santa Barbara, CA), December 2008.

"Varieties of New," College Composition and Communication Conference (New Orleans, LA), March 2008. (PDF, HTML)

"Visualizing Information in Multimedia Compositions," Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition (State College, PA), July 2007.

Grants & Awards

UCSB Faculty Research Assistant Program Grant (2002)

UCSB Instructional Improvement Grant (2002)

Travel Grants: University of California Professional Development Fund; UCSB Writing Program; Fulbright Association; Anne Coffin Johnstone Memorial Fund.

Institutes & Seminars

Elon University Research Seminar on Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, Invited Participant and Member of the College to Workplace Research Cohort, (2011-present)

Computers in Writing Intensive Classrooms (2002): Invited Participant, Ohio State University. University.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar (1998): "Literature in Transition: The Impact of Information Technologies," directed by N. Katherine Hayles, University of California at Los Angeles.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar (1994): "Life-Writing, Memory and Narrative," directed by James Olney, Louisianna State University.

Service & Administration

Editor, Inventio section of Kairos (2006-present)

Reviewer: evaluate manuscripts for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication , Parlor Press, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication.

CCCC Stage 1 Reviewer (2008 and 2009).

Judge, NCTE 2010 Best Dissertation Award in Technical Communication.

UCSB Writing Program (selected):

Executive and Personnel Committee, 1991-present: participate in formulation of program policy and curriculum; participate in review of Writing Program personnel.

Writing Program Faculty Webmaster, 2004-present

Unit 18 Representative to Undergraduate Council (UgC) and Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies (CUAPP), 2011-2012