vita

 

Academic Appointments

 

Kent State University

 

Associate Professor

Department of English

August 2014 - Present

 

Assistant Professor

Department of English

August 2008 - August 2014

 

Education

 

Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

 

Dissertation:

 

Reassembling Writing Technologies: Historical and Situated Studies of Rhetorical Activity


Dissertation Committee: Gail E. Hawisher (Chair), Bertram C. Bruce, Peter Mortensen, Paul A. Prior.

 

M.A. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

 

B.A. in English

Drake University, summa cum laude, 2001

 

Publications

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“Craft and Narrative in DIY Instructions. Technical Communication Quarterly 23:3 (2014): 227-46. [HTML]

 

“Composing Text / Shaping Process: How Digital Environments Mediate Writing Activity.” With Kory Lawson Ching. Computers and Composition Online Fall 2013. [HTML]

 

“Writing With(out) Pain: Computing Injuries and the Role of the Body in Writing Activity.” With Kim Hensley Owens. Computers and Composition 30:2 (2013): 87-100. [HTML]

 

“Augmenting Literacy: The Role of Expertise in Digital Writing.” Composition Studies 39:2 (2011): 61-78. [HTML]

 

“Distributing Memory: Rhetorical Work in Digital Environments.” Technical Communication Quarterly 18:3 (2009): 259-280. [HTML]

 

“Computing Attachments: Engelbart’s Controversial Writing Technology.” Computers and Composition 25 (2008): 143-164. [HTML]

 

“Data-Palace: Modern Memory Work in Digital Environments.” Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy 11.3 (2007). <http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/11.3/>

 

Prior, Paul, Janine Solberg, Patrick Berry, Hannah Bellwoar, Bill Chewning, Karen J. Lunsford, Liz Rohan, Kevin Roozen, Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau, Jody Shipka, Derek Van Ittersum, and Joyce R. Walker. “Re-Situating and Re-Mediating the Canons: A Cultural-Historical Remapping of Rhetorical Activity.” Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy 11.3 (2007). <http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/11.3/> Computers and Composition’s Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award

 

 

Research and Teaching Interests

 

computers and writing

histories of writing and technology

rhetoric

new media technologies

cultural-historical activity theory

literacy

memory practices

composition theory

ethnography

 

Teaching

 

Kent State University English Department: 2008-present

 

Undergraduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Rhetoric Program, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: 2001-2007

 

Undergraduate:

 

All courses after 2004 taught in computer classrooms.

 

Writers’ Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: 2005-2006

 

Consultant

 

Writers' Workshop, Drake University: 2000-2001

 

Tutor

 

Presentations

“Processing Writers’ Workflows: Examining the Role of Computers in Composing.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. 2014.

 

“Data in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Indianapolis, IN. 2014.

 

“Automating Writing Processes.” Computers & Writing. Frostburg, MD. 2013.

 

“Digital Process Narratives.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY. 2012.

 

Invited keynote presentation at the 3rd Annual Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium. “Writing in Pain: Computing Injuries and the Role of the Body in Writing Activity.” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2012.

 

“If Computer Technologies Aren’t Making Us Stupid, Then What Are They Doing?” Computers and Writing. Ann Arbor, MI. 2011.

 

“Cunning Experts: Integrating Technical Expertise in Writing Instruction.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. 2011.

 

“Expertise Online: Deepening Engagement with Writing Technologies.” Writing Research Across Borders II. Fairfax VA. 2011.

 

“Representing Techne.” Computers & Writing. West Lafayette IN. 2010.

 

“DIY Techne: Remixing Rhetorical Craftsmanship Online.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville KY. 2010.

 

“Writing in Pain, Part I.” Computers & Writing. Davis CA. 2009.

 

“A Techne of Computing: Rhetorical Activity as Artful Tool Use.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville KY. 2008.

 

“Spending Time to Save Time: Situating Writers' Uptake of Innovative Computer Tools.” Conference on College Composition and Communication.  New Orleans LA. 2008

 

“Computing Innovation: Writing Technologies in Development and Diffusion.” Computers & Writing.  Detroit MI. 2007.

 

“Hypertext Revisited: Examining the History of Failed Technologies.” Computers & Writing.  Lubbock TX. 2006. 

 

“Hyperspace of the Mind: Computer Technology and the Remediation of Memory.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago IL. 2006.

 

“Teaching Ethnographic Writing: Relevance, Resources, Reflections,” a half-day workshop conducted (with Jessica Bannon, Kory Ching, Kim Hensley Owens, Kevin Roozen, and Amy Wan) at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago IL. 2006.

 

“Five Finger Inscription: Examining the Relationships Between Hardware and Software Interfaces.”  Computers & Writing.  Palo Alto CA.  2005.

 

“Ethnography of the University,” Writing Across the Curriculum symposium sponsored by the Center for Writing Studies. Urbana IL.  2004.

 

“Resisting the Web: How Conventions Shape Web Authorship.”  Computers & Writing.  West Lafayette IN.  2003.

 

Awards and Honors

 

Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award, 2008

 

Gragg-Barr Dissertation Fellowships,
Department of English, University of Illinois, 2006-2007, 2007-2008

 

University of Illinois English Summer Fellowship, travel support for visit to Douglas Engelbart Archive, Stanford University, 2005

 

List of Instructors Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, Fall 2001, 2003; Spring 2005, 2007 (maintained by the center for teaching excellence.)

 

Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

 

Academic and Professional Service

 

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Computers and Composition, 2008-present.

 

Member, Editorial Board, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy. 2012-present.

 

Assistant Editor. Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy, Praxis section. 2006-2012.

 

Associate Editor. Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century: Literate Connections, Hawisher & Selfe (Eds), Palgrave Macmillan. 2007.

 

 

Contact

 

Kent State University

PO Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242

 

dvanitte(at)kent.edu

330.672.1755

 

 

 

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