Meet the DRC Fellows & New DRC Books

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. It is also the home of a digital book series with the U-M Press.

This summer, the DRC welcomed its sixth 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 hosted robust blog carnivals on “Material and Digital Rhetorics: Openings for Feminist Action” and “Rhetorics and Ethics of Smart Technologies and Artificial Intelligence,” as well as publishing six Webtext of the Month reviews covering topics from digital feminist publishing to a Google Chrome extension addressing gendered writing challenges in email to a virtual roundtable on wearable and embodied technologies. Our new fellows have already jumped into the mix with a blog carnival on “Discerning Digital Rhetorics’ Futures”, and session reviews from the 2018 Watson conference are being edited as we go to press.

The 2018-2019 fellows are…

Lauren Garskie, Bowling Green State University
Lauren Garskie is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric & Writing Program at Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include design literacies, digital rhetoric, and multimodality. Lauren’s dissertation, situated in a newly built space designed to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration at BGSU, examines how collaboration is understood and enacted/affected by a space.

Angela Glotfelter, Miami University of Ohio
Angela Glotfelter is a PhD student in the Composition and Rhetoric program at Miami University of Ohio, where she currently teaches and takes courses in digital writing and rhetoric. Currently, she researches how content creators navigate the complex systems created by algorithms and other actors to achieve success. You can follow her on twitter at @amglotfelter.

Whitney Lew James, Texas Christian University
Whitney Lew James is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University. Currently serving as Assistant Director of TCU’s Center for Digital Expression, her research interests include translingual and multimodal pedagogies, digital rhetoric, and Disability Studies. You can learn more about Whitney’s research and teaching here: She tweets at @whitney_tweets.

Jialei Jiang, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jialei Jiang is a PhD candidate in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she also teaches first-year composition (FYC) and research writing courses. Her research interests include new materialist theories, digital composition, and public rhetoric. She is interested in exploring the intersection between multimodal pedagogy and public rhetoric advocacy. Jialei’s dissertation focuses on examining the material and affective design of multimodal campaigns in FYC classrooms.

Jason Tham, University of Minnesota
Jason Tham is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication at the University of Minnesota––Twin Cities. His current research focuses on making and design thinking in writing pedagogy, multimodality, and emerging technologies such as wearables and mixed reality. He tweets at @JasonCKTham.

Katie Walkup, University of South Florida
Katie Walkup is a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of South Florida. Her research interests are rhetoric of health and medicine, digital rhetoric, and writing program administration. Her current research project looks at the role of self-narrative in mental health literacy. She tweets at @klwalkup.

NEW BOOK from the Sweetland DRC Book Series

This October, the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Book Series, an imprint of the U-M Press, had the pleasure of publishing its fourth book, Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach Us about Digital Writing and Rhetoric  by Laura Gonzales of the University of Texas at El Paso, and a DRC Graduate Fellow from 2013-2015. Winner of the 2016 Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Book Prize, Sites of Translation offers a groundbreaking study of the inventive intellectual work performed by multilingual communicators who translate information in academic and professional spaces. As her reviewers write, Gonzales’s study “spans multiple lines of inquiry (comparative studies, multilingual studies, and digital rhetorics)” to create “a text that is at once polyvocal and accessibly written.” Further, “the substantial and significant data (nearly 3,000 translations and nearly 5,800 second-tier codes) provides an excellent example for analyzing larger data sets that connect with ethnographic storytelling,” providing “insightful analysis from experiences that often go overlooked.”

OF NOTE: The Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Book Series publication Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition, by Jason Helms (Texas Christian University), received the 2018 Kairos Best Webtext Award! Presented annually by the premier scholarly journal in digital rhetoric, this award recognizes outstanding webtexts that “take advantage of the Web as a medium to present information in ways that traditional scholarly texts cannot.”