Hosted by the Sweetland Center for Writing, the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC) is an online, community webspace by and for scholars and teachers working in computers and writing and digital rhetoric, and a born digital book series with the U-M Press. Two forthcoming projects from the book series include Digital Samaritans by Jim Ridolfo and Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies by Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and James P. Purdy.
This summer, the DRC welcomed its second cohort of graduate student Fellows! The program aims to recognize graduate students around the country currently working in digital rhetoric who want practical experience in online publishing and website development. Fellows are selected on a yearly basis by the editors and board of the DRC, and receive an annual stipend of $500 as well as recognition on the DRC website.
DRC Fellows commit to attending monthly online team meetings to plan projects that extend the DRC website and its contributions to the community of computers and writing. They work independently and collaboratively to complete two projects within the year of their term. Last year’s Fellows created several new DRC features, including Webtext of the Month, the Hack & Yack Conversations series, Digital Lessons Resources, and a Google Forum.
In their first few months, the new Fellows have continued this tradition of energetic creativity by expanding these new features, and also building out the DRC Wiki, adding Tool Reviews, hosting the site’s first ever Twitter chat connected to its biggest ever blog carnival on the relationship between multilingualism and multimodality, and boosting DRC social media presence across the web. Hosts and followers of the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative can’t wait to see what else they will innovate between now and next August. This year’s fellows are:
Jenae Cohn UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Jenae Cohn is a Ph.D. student in English, pursuing a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition, at the University of California, Davis. She is currently researching the rhetoric of loss around the shift from print to digital culture, but she is also interested in hybrid and online learning and instructional design. Beyond serving as a fellow for the DRC, she serves a graduate writing fellow in UC Davis’ Writing Across the Curriculum program, manages the UC Davis undergraduate student blog, Aggie Voices, and blogs intermittently at jenaecohn.net.
Lindsey Harding UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Lindsey Harding is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia. Her research and writing interests include composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and digital humanities. She currently works as the Assistant to the Director of the Writing Intensive Program at UGA. Her critical essay on multimodal reflective writing appears in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and she has an essay on Pinterest and mothers forthcoming in Harlot. Her stories have appeared in Soundings Review, Prick of the Spindle, The Boiler, Xenith, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Stray Dog Almanac. In May 2011, she graduated from Sewanee University’s School of Letters with her M.F.A. in creative writing. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and three small children. You can find her online at lindseymharding.com.
Heather Lang FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Heather Lang is a Ph.D. student in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Florida State University, where she is also the assistant director of the Reading and Writing Center. Heather earned her M.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at New Mexico State University in 2012. Her research interests reside at the intersections of embodiment, activism, and digital spaces. On any given day, Heather uses Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux Mint, and Mac OS.
Brenta Blevins UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
Brenta Blevins is a Ph.D. student specializing in rhetoric and composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously served as Assistant Director of the UNCG Digital ACT Studio and worked in the software development industry. Her research interests include digital pedagogy, wikis as a genre and a learning tool, digital literacy, and digital literacy learning centers.
Matthew Vetter OHIO UNIVERSITY
English Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Associate Matthew Vetter is the 2014-15 Claude Kantner Research Fellow at Ohio University, where he has served for the last two years as Assistant Director of Composition. His research interests circle around questions related to digital culture and rhetorics, composition pedagogy, critical theory and activism. He’s also something of a Wikipedia fanatic and his dissertation focuses on the opportunities for writing pedagogy afforded by the encyclopedia. He has published scholarly work in Computers and Composition Online, Composition Studies, Harlot of Hearts and Research Library Issues. Vetter also holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and has published poems in numerous national and regional journals. See more of his creative and scholarly work at mattvetter.net.
Paula Miller OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Paula Miller is an English Ph.D. student specializing in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the intersection between writing center studies and digital literacies, interests informed by over a decade of writing center work.