Derek Van Ittersum

Academic Appointments

Kent State University

Associate Professor
Department of English
August 2014 - Present

Assistant Professor
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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Writing Workflows: Beyond Word Processing. With Tim Lockridge. Forthcoming from University of Michigan Press / Sweetland DRC. Awarded 2018 Sweetland / UM Press Book Prize

“The Material, Embodied Practices of Composing with Technologies.” With Pamela Takayoshi.  Chapter in the Handbook to Digital Rhetoric and Writing (pp. 84-94), edited by Jonathan Alexander & Jacqueline Rhodes. Routledge. 2018

“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/> Awarded 2007 Computers and Composition’s Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award

Presentations

2020 “Writing Processes without Products.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI. (Conference cancelled)

2019 “Workflow Mapping.” Computers and Writing. East Lansing, MI.

2019 “Designing a Collaborative Research Course.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA.

2018 “Writing with File Versions.” Computers and Writing. Fairfax, VA.

2018 “From Process to Workflow: Teaching Writing Outside Composition.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, KY.

2017 “Everyday Wonder: Narratives of Technical Expertise.” Computers and Writing. Findlay, OH.

2016 “Mini-Workshop: Markdown.” Computers and Writing. Rochester, NY.

2016 “Workflow Friction: Designing Writing Processes around Difficulty.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX.

2015 “Designing Writing Technologies.” Computers and Writing. Menomonie, WI.

2015 “Reflection in Action: Automating Writing through Macros.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL.

2014 “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.

2013 “Automating Writing Processes.” Computers and Writing. Frostburg MD.

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

2011 “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.

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

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

2010 “Technical Writing Across the Disciplines: Developing Assignments for Technical Writing Courses that Cross Disciplinary Boundaries,” a half-day workshop conducted (with Dirk Remley, Ryan Hoover, and Donna Kain) at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville KY.

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

2008 “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.

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

2006 “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.

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

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

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • College Writing I & II
  • Argumentative Prose Writing
  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Writing and Rhetoric in a Digital Age
  • Freshman Honors Colloquium

Graduate:

  • Introduction to the Field: Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice
  • Reading and Interpreting Research on Writing
  • Writing Technologies
  • Field Research Methods
  • Research Design

Academic and Professional Service

Technology Development Editor, Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2013-present.

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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