I am a scholar and practitioner of digital publishing and editing, particularly of scholarly multimedia content. This work lies at the intersection of digital humanities methods and production, the composition and assessment of multimedia texts including the evaluation of digital scholarship for tenure and promotion, the teaching of academic literacies and writing for the workplace and for publication, and information/digital literacies as presented through robust metadata and preservation needs for digital scholarship.
In my research, practice, and teaching, I take a rhetorical approach to publishing, emphasizing how users learn to analyze and produce texts for specific purposes and audiences. I call this apprenticeship philosophy an editorial pedagogy.
As of January 1, 2018, I began directing a new digital publishing initiative at Wayne State University Libraries that features Vega, an academic publishing platform funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. This work is based on my editorial leadership of the premier online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. I also serve as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.
This personal repository showcases my research in digital publishing, editing, and writing studies and includes all of my research and grant narratives to date in open-access formats. My recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, including Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Writing Program Administration Journal, Rhetoric and Digital Humanities (ed. Ridolfo and Hart-Davidson, University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Microhistories of Rhetoric and Composition Studies (ed. McComisky, Utah State University Press, 2016). My newest book, Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (with Kristin Arola and Jenny Sheppard), is in its second edition and available to order from Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
If you have questions about my research or would like to contact me to run a workshop or to see a test of Vega, please email me. If you need additional biographical material or photos, please see the Bio link, under Intro, above.