Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dana Gierdowski, ABD

Congratulations to CRDMer Dana Gierdowski on earning ABD and doctoral candidate status!

Her committee members are Chris Anson, Deanna Dannels, Vicki Gallagher, and Susan Miller-Cochran (chair). The working title of her dissertation is “The Geographies of a Writing Space: An Ethnographic Study of a Flexible Composition Classroom.”

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2012 Election Results are in!

As is the custom (written into the CRDM Student Association Constitution, in fact), elections for CRDM Student Association positions were held on first Tuesday after the first Monday in November–otherwise known as “election day.” Our redoubtable candidates campaigned hard, the votes have been recorded and tallied, and the results are in.

Please join us in congratulating the. . .

2012 CRDMSA President
Lauren Clark

2012 CRDMSA Vice President
Kate Maddalena

2012 CRDMSA Secretary
Elizabeth Johnson-Young

2012 CRDMSA Treasurer
Brent Simoneaux

Thank you again to all those who voted. And a special thank you to all of you who ran for office. We have no doubt that our new officers will guide and inspire us in the coming year. We look forward to a peaceful transition of power at our next meeting.

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Meet the 2011 CRDM Cohort!

With a good portion (ahem) of the semester already behind us, we proudly introduce the stellar group of students beginning the CRDM program this year:

Kristina Bell, Greensboro, NC

  • B.F.A. in Film Editing and Sound, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • Interests: Media studies, Film
Burcu Baykan, Ankara, Turkey

  • B.A. in Graphic Design, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • M.A. in Communication & Media Studies, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Interests: Visual Communication, Cultural & Critical Theory, Visual Media Arts
Jameson Hogan, DeKalb, IL

  • B.S. in Political Science and Government, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
  • M.A. in English Composition, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Interests: Literary Theory and Digital Humanities


Elizabeth Johnson-Young, Alexandria, VA and Greensboro, NC

  • B.A. in Media Studies; minor in Political Science, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
  • M.A. in Communication, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
  • MA Thesis: “Sent to you by someone who thinks you’re beautiful: The effects of regulatory focus, personal involvement and collective efficacy in a social media campaign”.
  • Interests: media campaign research (particularly online health and political campaigns), persuasion, and audience processing and effects; media literacy and education

Christopher Kampe, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
  • M.A. in English Language and Literature, California State University, Northridge
  • Interests: Games, Narrative, Storytelling
Johanne I. Laboy, Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • B.A. in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising) Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • M.B.A. in International Business and Marketing, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Interests: Communication Technology, Health Communication, Health Promotion, Underserved Populations
Samara Mouvery, Huntsville, AL
  • B.A. in Communication Arts; minor in Computer-mediated communication, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Interests: Computer-mediated communication, online interaction, disinhibition, anonymity
Rouli Manalu, Semarang, Indonesia
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  • Interests: the study of digital media political economy, communication technology and digital media studies.
Brent Simoneaux
  • B.A. in English; minor in Government, Berry College, Rome, GA
  • M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • MA Thesis: Title: “Rearticulating the Zoomable User Interface.” In this thesis, I argue that a rooted understanding of rhetorical memory and its interwoven relations to arrangement and invention is vital to composing within multiscale zoomable environments. Based on these memory practices, I suggest ways that we might redesign currently-available ZUIs to better support rhetorically effective composing.
  • Interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Interface Design, Embodied Computing, Writing Pedagogy

Twitter: @brentsimoneaux

Daniel “Danny” Synk, Adelphi, MD (

  • B.A., in English (concentration in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric), Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A. in English (concentration in Rhetoric & Composition), University of Maryland, College Park
  • Interests: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Analysis, Digital Rhetorics

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Live Blog: Online Identity Workshop

Meagan Kittle Autry here: I’m live-blogging the second professional development workshop of the fall semester for CRDM, “Maintaining Your Online Identity.” Special thanks to CRDM faculty member David Rieder and CRDM-affiliated faculty member Brad Mehlenbacher for sharing their insights and websites with us today.

David starts by indicating he has a static website for a reason: that maintaining a dynamic site requiring constant updating can be quite time consuming. Message: use your time wisely.

Brad features a new page he created his website about online identity management for academics. He offers that the website has come to serve as his vita and/or portfolio. It’s a fairly comprehensive record of his work as an academic.

Dave shows his website and offers several ideas: 1) He maintains a simple, static site to keep it manageable; 2) He used an open-source template; 3) He codes by hand (hey, another old schooler like me!). He emphasizes that for those in the humanities, “flashy” isn’t a standard, and that sites should be usable on a variety of platforms and possibly printable. He also recommends using a hit tracker to identify your audience (he has used Reinvigorate; Brad, ClustrMap) and to better tailor your materials based on where your hits are and the heat map information that is generated.

Brad emphasizes not having a personal section on a website when you’re on the job market – and Dave heartily agrees – to avoid inviting unwanted biases about you as a candidate. Post-job market, Dave offers that the amount of personal information you include on a website depends on how comfortable you are with doing so, but that it’s certainly not necessary.

Brad also uses his site as a resource for teaching, giving talks, etc. He aggregates information as he comes across it and can easily use for his own preparation or to give to students.

Dave remarks that our websites should be a key marketing tool for us on the job market, and we should see it as an opportunity to self-market and become more visible. Search committee members may not all be on Twitter or, but they will certainly Google you – so control the material that appears when they find your site.

Wendi asks a question: “To what extent should your website replicate your CV?” Dave warns: the more information you put out there, the more you offer yourself to be critiqued on, so select the information you put online carefully. Put out enough to support the ethos you present for yourself in your job applications.

Dave and Brad both recommend including brief descriptions of the teaching experience you’ve had: titles of courses, semester taught, and a brief blurb (potentially the catalog description, if it’s not too clunky).

We end with a discussion of really putting yourself out there vs. displaying limited information about yourself, such as only your most recent work. Some academics have earned great recognition based on their open web presence (Cheryl Ball, for instance) and that this is something that each of us will have to negotiate individually as we decide what kinds of jobs we’ll be applying for.

Of course, the workshop was further reaching and with more of the nitty-gritty details than I’ve offered here. We had a great time with lively discussion – come to the next workshops in the spring to be a part of the conversation!

~ Meagan

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Zach Rash, ABD

Zach Rash is studying online sports fan forums

Zach Rash is studying online sports fan forums

Congratulations to Zach Rash–the world’s newest minted expert on online sports fan boards–for earning the coveted ABD designation after successfully passing his oral exams.

Zach’s committee is made up of Dr. Carolyn Miller (chair), Dr. Nancy Penrose, Dr. Steve Wiley, and Dr. Ken Zagacki, and his dissertation topic is “Identity and Hegemony in Online Sports Discourse.”

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