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About the Authors

Patrick Danner

Patrick Danner is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville and currently serves as an instructor of business communication at the U of L School of Business. His recent research focuses on processes of composing with quantitative data and the rhetoric of data visualizations.

Michelle Day

Michelle Day is a fourth-year doctoral student who researches the intersections of trauma, pedagogy, and community engagement. Her dissertation study seeks to propose principles and practices for trauma-informed college writing pedagogies that engage clinical perspectives on trauma and learning. This study is informed by a wide range of volunteer and community engagement settings where she receives and provides training in trauma-informed care as a method of care and listening that works against systemic oppression.

Layne Porta Gordon

Layne Porta Gordon is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. Her current research project is a qualitative study of the lived experiences of working students in a learn-and-earn program that offers free tuition to third-shift laborers. This project foregrounds the networked nature of student-workers’ experiences of postsecondary education and considers how we might make these experiences intelligible in the composition classroom. In addition to composition pedagogy, Layne has scholarly interests in community literacy, writing center studies, genre theory, and feminist methodologies. For more information about her teaching, research, and her life as a mother-scholar, please visit

Laurie Gries

Laurie Gries (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research is invested in visual rhetoric, circulation studies, new materialism, and the digital humanities. In addition to acting as the managing editor of enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, she is author of Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics, which won the 2016 CCCC Research Impact Award and the 2016 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, and co-editor of the recently published collection Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric.

Jaclyn Hilberg

Jaclyn Hilberg is a Ph.D. student in rhetoric and composition at the University of Louisville, where she researches issues surrounding race and literacy education and teaches courses in composition and professional writing.

Keri E. Mathis

Keri Mathis is a recent alumna of the University of Louisville. Her dissertation titled Pens, Print, and Pixels: Gendered Writing and the Epistolary Genre in Transitional Eras is a genre and media analysis that identifies specific moments in which gendered power gets reinstantiated in manuscript, print, and digital epistolary genres. Keri also researches graduate education, community engagement, and social justice research in higher education, and she has recently accepted a position as Assistant Teaching Professor at Wake Forest University. To find out more about her work, visit her website at

Steve Parks

Steve Parks is an Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. His work explores how the academy defines and relates to its surrounding communities, examining what it might mean to draw the resources of the university into alignment with community-defined needs. His books include Class Politics; Circulating Communities (with Paula Mathieu and Tiffany Rousculp); Listening to our Elders (with Cristina Kirklighter and Samantha Blackmon); and Writing Communities: A Text with Readings. He is also editor of Studies in Writing and Rhetoric; co-editor of Working and Writing for Change (Parlor Press); co-editor of Writing Culture and Community Practices; and founder of New City Community Press.

Octavio Pimentel

Dr. Octavio Pimentel joined the Masters in Rhetoric and Composition Program in The Department of English at Texas State University in 2005. Since then Dr. Pimentel has published two books: Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices and Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. Dr. Pimentel is also in the final stages of completing two more books that will be published by Fall 2018: Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, and Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity & Inclusion at Texas State University. Lastly, Dr. Pimentel has published over twenty articles, and presented in over thirty international and national conferences.

Paul Prior

Paul Prior is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Drawing on sociocultural theory and dialogic semiotics, he studies writing, embodied activity, and becoming. He is the author of Writing/Disciplinarity: A Sociohistoric Account of Literate Activity in the Academy (1998) and co-editor with Charles Bazerman of What Writing Does and How It Does It (2004) and with Julie Hengst of Exploring Semiotic Remediation as Discourse Practice (2010).

Caitlin Ray

Caitlin Ray is a Ph.D. Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville Department of English. Her research focuses on the intersection of Disability Studies and Medical Rhetoric, and she is currently studying the rhetoric and representation of rare illnesses. She has been published in The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy, and was included in The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets. She currently works as Assistant Director of Graduate Student Writing at the University of Louisville Writing Center.

Jacqueline Rhodes

Jacqueline Rhodes is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, where she focuses her scholarly work on intersections of rhetoric, feminist/queer theories, and technology. Her work has been published in a number of venues, including College Composition and Communication, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Rhetoric Review. Her book On Multimodality (co-authored with Jonathan Alexander) won the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award and the 2014 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award. Techne: Queer Meditations on Writing the Self, a book-length e-project co-authored with Jonathan Alexander, won the 2016 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, and Sexual Rhetorics, a co-edited collection, won the award in 2017.

Chris Scheidler

Chris Scheidler is a University Fellow and Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. He teaches Composition, Science and Technical Writing, and Business Writing. He researches, among other things, theories and practices of modality.

Mary P. Sheridan

Mary P. Sheridan is Professor of English at the University of Louisville, teaching and researching at the nexus of community engagement, feminist methodologies, and digital composing. Her books include Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies: Activism in the GirlZone and Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age (with Jennifer Rowsell). Mary P. has also co-edited numerous collections, including Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action, Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies, and Feminism and Composition: A Critical Sourcebook as well as special editions of JAC, Feminist Teacher, and Computers & Composition.

Rick Wysocki

Rick Wysocki a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. His dissertation research intersects archival scholarship, queer theory, and new materialist philosophy to consider archival formation and curation as rhetorical becoming. Additionally, he has published on the rhetoric of age and aging (Present Tense) and serves as an Assistant Editor at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Broadly, his interests are in the relationships between rhetoric, materiality, and technologies of mediation, circulation, and preservation. See his website for more information.

Melanie Yergeau

Melanie Yergeau is an associate professor of English at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Duke UP, 2017), and her work has also appeared in Journal of Social Philosophy, College English, Disability Studies Quarterly, Computers and Composition Online, and Kairos, among other venues. Active in the neurodiversity movement, for many years she served on the board of directors of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the Autism National Committee (AutCom).