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October 21, 2019

Introducing 2019-2020 CCDP Digital Fellows

We’re excited to announce this year’s CCDP Digital Fellows, who will be working on social media promotions and other projects surrounding our titles. Learn more about them below and help us welcome them to the Press!

Savanna Conner

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Savanna is a third-year PhD student in Writing, Rhetorics, & Literacies at Arizona State University. She studies social media pedagogies, and is currently trying to understand how social media materially and conventionally mediates invention (or “inspo,” as we call it on Instagram).

Ruth Li

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Ruth Li is a Ph.D. student in English and education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she teaches first-year and upper-level writing classes. Her interests include writing development, composition pedagogy, and digital literacies and rhetorics.

Mandy Olejnik

Mandy Olejnik is a PhD student in composition and rhetoric at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she serves as Graduate Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. Her current research centers on how graduate students learn to write and how faculty can support and mentor graduate writers, drawing from theories of transfer, threshold concepts, and rhetorical genre studies.

Charles Woods

Charles is a third-year Ph.D. student at Illinois State University. His academic focus in in rhetoric, writing studies, and technical communication, including research in digital rhetoric at the intersection of identity formation, ethics, and Big Data.

July 8, 2019

Call for Applications: CCDP Fellows Program

We're looking for Digital Fellows for the 2019 - 2020 academic year

Computers and Composition Digital Press seeks graduate students to serve as CCDP Digital Fellows and assist in the creation of digital materials to promote Press titles and initiatives for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Duties may include:

  • Conducting interviews with CCDP authors
  • Contributing to the CCDP Scholar Electric Blog
  • Serving as CCDP Ambassadors at professional conferences
  • Soliciting book reviews of CCDP titles
  • Contributing to CCDP social media initiatives
  • Collaborating with the Promotions & Social Media Editor on other projects

Applicants should be graduate students with research interests in digital rhetoric, digital publishing, and/or social media. Experience in blogging or maintaining professional social media accounts a plus.

Time Commitment

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. CCDP fellows can expect to work on two small projects per semester – i.e., a blog post, interview, or social media campaign. Fellows are also required to participate in monthly Skype meetings with the other CCDP Fellows and the Promotions and Social Media Editor.


This is a volunteer role; however, this position will give the Fellows experience working with a leading digital press, connecting with scholars in the field, and gaining early access to upcoming scholarship. Fellows may have the opportunity to publish on their work with CCDP in collaboration with the Promotions and Social Media Editor. Fellows are also encouraged to use their experience with CCDP in their own scholarship and teaching.

About Computers and Composition Digital Press

Founded in 2007 by Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe, Computers and Composition Digital Press publishes peer-reviewed digital projects with the intellectual contribution of a book. Press titles have been recognized with the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, the CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, and the 2013 CCCC Research Impact Award. The Press is committed to open access scholarship, and all press titles are available online through

To apply, please send a CV and a letter of interest to the CCDP Promotions and Social Media Editor, Amber Buck, at ambuck [at] Applications are due on Thursday, September 5. Please direct all inquiries to Amber Buck.

July 3, 2019

Soundwriting Conversations, Chapter 7 Podcast

Chapter 7, “‘English via the Airwaves’: Recovering 1930s Radio Pedagogies,” serves as the fourth installment of Soundwriting Conversations. In this work, Jason Palmeri and Ben McCorkle trace and discuss the history of 20th century radio pedagogy, as well as how we might apply these concepts in our 21st century classrooms.

We invite you to listen to their conversation with Bailey Poland and think about how both instructors and students of writing can benefit from being the voice on the airwaves. You can find a transcript that includes links to the other podcasts the authors mention here: Written Transcript

June 20, 2019

Soundwriting Conversations, Chapter 9 Podcast

Chapter 9, “Writing Dirt, Teaching Noise” by Steven R. Hammer is the third installment of Soundwriting Conversations. Hammer’s work invites the audience to consider what noise is and how it impacts communication and composition.

We invite you to listen to his conversation with Jon Stone and reflect on how we can use noise to challenge systems and create new meaning.

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