The Scholar Electric

News and updates from CCDP

June 25, 2018

The CCDP Fellows Program

We're looking for some social media-savvy digital scholars.

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 2018 – 2019 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 Promotions and 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, and 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 Skype meetings no more than once a month 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.

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 August 31, 2018. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Amber Buck.

April 26, 2018

New website!

We are excited to launch the new CCDP website! We would like to thank the developers of Statamic for donating a software license and offering helpful guidance. We would also like to thank our generous colleagues at Utah State University & Utah State University Press for their ongoing support. A lot of labor and infrastructural support goes into a press like CCDP, and we’re grateful for the many people who have contributed to our efforts during the past eleven years. Here’s to many more!

September 27, 2015

Interview with Stephanie Vie

Tina Arduini interviews Stephanie Vie, Project Director for Computers and Composition Digital Press. Vie discusses her work as Project Director, offers advice about preparing a multimodal text for publication, and anticipates the next steps for Computers and Composition Digital Press as an academic publisher for scholars in the field of rhetoric and composition.

September 11, 2015

Temple University Adjunct Professors Want a Union

Contributed by Michael Blancato

In 2010, Megan Fulwiler and Jennifer Marlow began collecting stories from contingent faculty across the United States and Canada about their experiences as part-time instructors. The resulting documentary, Con Job: Stories of Adjunct & Contingent Labor, presents harrowing accounts of how higher education institutions have increasingly come to rely on contingent workers who face poverty-level wages and uncertain futures.

While contingent faculty exploitation has become a disturbingly common trend, many faculty members are taking steps to secure better working conditions and pay. In 2014, a majority of adjuncts at Temple University signed authorization cards for union representation. Although these adjuncts have a right to seek union representation and collectively bargain, Temple University administration officials have blocked a union vote.

This short video documents some of the protests that have taken place at Temple University in response to the school’s decision to block a union vote. For more information about these protests and Temple University unionization efforts, you can visit the United Academics of Philadelphia and the Temple Association of University Professionals websites. You can also call on Temple University officials to respect adjuncts’ right to unionize by signing this petition.

Updated October 11, 2015: It seems the protests and testimonies from Temple University adjunct faculty members have yielded results. On September 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Labor Review Board approved Temple adjuncts’ request for a union election. This decision means Temple adjuncts will soon be able to vote whether they would like to join the Temple Association of University Professionals, a collective bargaining unit that currently represents “full-time faculty, professional librarians academic professionals in the 11 schools and colleges enrolling undergraduate students at Temple University.”

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