Douglas Eyman is Director of the PhD in Writing and Rhetoric, the MA concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), and the undergraduate Professional Writing Minor at George Mason University. He teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, editing, web authoring, advanced composition, and professional writing. His current research interests include investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development, new media scholarship, electronic publication, information design/information architecture, teaching in digital environments, and video games as sites of composition. Eyman is the senior editor and publisher of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, an online journal that has been publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on computers and writing since 1996. His most recent publications include Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and Play/Write: Games, Writing, Digital Rhetoric (co-edited with Andrea Davis, Parlor Press, 2016). His scholarly work has appeared in Pedagogy, Computers and Composition, Technical Communication, Cultural Practices of Literacy (Erlbaum, 2007), Digital Writing Research(Hampton Press, 2007), Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press, 2008), Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities (Chicago, 2015), and Microhistories of Composition (Utah State, 2015).
Melanie Walsh is a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University, where she works with David Mimno’s group. She received her PhD in English & American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include digital humanities, cultural analytics, social media, and American literature & culture—preferably all of the above combined. In spring 2020, she designed and taught an undergraduate course that prepares students in the humanities to analyze cultural materials—such as books, movies, historical records, and social media posts—with digital and computational tools. The course included an introduction to the programming language Python. She is preparing to release an online textbook designed for the course in summer 2020.
My current and past work examines how literacy learning and performance take place across spaces and modes ranging across classroom and community settings. Informed by an emphasis on modality, my research focuses on the affordances and constraints of different social, technical, and institutional settings to examine possibilities and call for changes that support more equitable participation of all members.
My research on classroom design and writing in the disciplines has increasingly drawn my attention to the institutional and infrastructural work of writing program administration. As writing specialists, we need to continue our decades-long work with colleagues across the university to design effective writing curricula based on our own disciplinary knowledge. However, as (unacknowledged) experts in active learning pedagogies, writing specialists and WPAs also have considerable expertise to contribute to learning space design initiatives, involving stakeholders outside academic departments at the level of the university’s physical facilities.
I teach classes in digital and print composing with an emphasis on (multi)modality, technical communication, writing studies, digital culture.
Shakespeare; Renaissance literature; graphic design and design theory
My team oversees the project management of information technology initiatives, conducts business analysis, and coordinates quality assurance efforts. I also serve as the MLA staff co-liaison to the Committee on Information Technology.