Soundwriting Pedagogies

Contributor Biographies


Courtney S. Danforth teaches writing and humanities courses.

Kyle D. Stedman is an Associate Professor of English at Rockford University, where he directs the writing center and teaches digital rhetoric, professional communication, first-year composition, and creative nonfiction. His work on music, intellectual property, and remix has appeared in Computers and Composition, Composition Forum, Harlot, and the Writing Spaces and Writing Commons series of online textbooks. In the car, he listens to a lot of Chvrches, but at home he listens to a lot of Explosions in the Sky. Once, he played a record with a sewing pin taped to a cone of construction paper during a conference presentation.

Michael J. Faris is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Texas Tech University, where he directed the English Department Media Lab (2015–2017), co-administers the first-year writing program, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on digital rhetoric, technology, and new media in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program. His research explores questions related to digitality, materiality, and queer theory. He has published in Present Tense, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Composition Forum, and Communication Design Quarterly. He works best when immersed in the ambient noises of a busy coffee shop and believes that the Dandy Warhols are one of the best things to happen to sound.


Jennifer J. Buckner hears her world as a throwback musical, litanies of 1980s and 1990s songs triggered in snippets of casual speech. Unfortunately Name That Tune was cancelled in 1981, so she was forced to pursue other career paths. In her professional life, she’s an Associate Professor of English, teaching courses in writing studies and new media, learning alongside undergraduate and graduate students at Gardner-Webb University, where they dialogue about multimodality, semiotics, and composition.

Michael Burns is an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University.

Trisha Nicole Campbell is a teacher, maker, artist, and philosopher. She plays around with digital archives of all kinds just to see what will happen if. She started to be interested in empathy when she began to feel it through and with her digital projects.

Jeremy Cushman is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the Director of Composition at Western Washington University. He does his best to better understand (i.e., research) questions that are entangled with the kind of writing that surfaces and shifts inside workplaces as varied as auto repair shops, digital design firms, and hiking trail organizations. Jeremy works with students and other scholars to get at the hopeful and challenging relationships among new media, storytelling practices, issues of agency, and pedagogical theory. And he's convinced that the contemporary questions emerging from rhetorical theory can help us take reflexive stock of our own position and engagement with the ever-shifting worlds in which we act.

Kirsten Daley's musical background includes playing piano and performing with Joyful Hands, a sign-language choir. She is an alumna of Gardner-Webb University, graduating with a double major in psychology and English. Canadian-born, she enjoys writing fiction and spending time with her family of twelve.

Timothy R. Dougherty is an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University.

Milena Droumeva is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies, and multimodal ethnography. She has worked in the areas of game-based learning,  acoustic ecology, urban soundscape research, and most recently gender and sound in video games. Milena has been recording and listening for over 14 years in Vancouver and Europe as part of her research on urban soundscapes and mobile media cultures. You can find her musings on sound and other material goodies at

Patricia Fancher is a Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches rhetorics of science, technical writing, and digital rhetoric. As a teacher and scholar, she is committed to feminist rhetorical practices and focuses on scientific and technical discourses. In and out of the classroom, her feminist and rhetorical practices take various multimedia and digital forms. You can find her research and design projects published in Peitho Journal, Present Tense, Enculturation, and multiple edited collections. She serves as the Director of Digital Media and Outreach for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Bump Halbritter is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing and the Director of the First-Year Writing Program at Michigan State University. His research and teaching involve the integration of video-based, audiovisual writing into scenes of college writing and scholarly research. Bump's 2013 article, "Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship," co-authored with Julie Lindquist, received The Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article in College English. Bump's book, Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (2013), received the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award for 2013.

Steven R. Hammer is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Digital Media at St. Joseph’s University and a new/old mediaartist. His teaching and scholarship and creativeworks engage digital media production that allows—&&celebrates—noise, glitch, error, dirt, and mediartifacts.

Shannon Kelly is the Assistant Director of Composition in the English Department at Western Washington University. She teaches alongside graduate students in the English 101 program, developing writing curriculum that accounts for the ways in which writers must communicate more and more across geopolitical, cultural, and linguistic borders. She gets excited about sonic rhetorics, and her most recent inquires have explored the importance of listening as a rhetorical and active response in environments ranging from forests to workplaces and curriculum development.

Ben Kuebrich is an Assistant Professor at West Chester University. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

Julie Lindquist is a Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, literacy and composition studies, and research methodologies. She is author of A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working Class Bar (2002) and, with David Seitz, Elements of Literacy (2008). Her writings on rhetoric, class, literacy, and writing pedagogy have appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, JAC, and Pedagogy, as well as in several edited collections. Her article "Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship," co-authored with Bump Halbritter, was awarded The Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article in College English in 2013.

Ben McCorkle is an Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University–Marion, where he teaches undergraduate courses in writing, digital media composing, and literary publishing, among other topics. He is the author of Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012). Additional publication and teaching information can be found at

Josh Mehler is a Learning Consultant for Healthesystems, a tech company that provides cost management solutions for the workers' compensation industry. Josh partners with Healthesystems' teams to facilitate, develop, deliver, and assess employee learning in writing, persuasion, oral communication, visual rhetoric, and other topics through a variety of channels including face-to-face workshops, elearning platforms, and microlearning media objects.

David Murphy is the Undergraduate Curriculum Chair and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, teaching in the area of Media Analysis and Acoustic Communication. His research interests are in educational media design and pedagogy, specializing in the communication of health and environmental messages. David has been a musician all his life and is president of Vancouver New Music, an artist collective with a range of programming in contemporary music and sound art.

Jason Palmeri is an Associate Professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Palmeri is the author of Remixing Composition: A History of Multimodal Writing Pedagogy (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012). Their current research focuses primarily on multimodal writing pedagogies, histories of English instruction (kindergarten through college), rhetorics of social movements, and digital humanities methodologies.

Yanira Rodríguez is a doctoral student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University.