Bio

bios updated March 2020:
I have provided several biographies on this page, at different lengths for different purposes. Please use/edit as you need to or contact me for another variant. You are welcome to grab one of the headshots from this portfolio (refreshing the page will produce one of six headshots, in the upper right corner). If you need a high-resolution version use this photo.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries Systems (WSULS), where she collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on digital publishing projects including digital research websites, open educational resources, open-access publications (authoring and editing), digital humanities project management, digital pedagogy consultations, and other digitally based scholarly communications needs, particularly those that highlight researcher’s scholarly multimedia content. In addition to digital publishing consultation and training and scholarly communication production work, Dr. Ball administers the regional Network Detroit digital humanities conference, coordinates the Detroit hub of the Michigan Digital Publishing Collaborative, is the Executive Director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum.

Since 2006, Ball has been editor of Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the world’s longest continuously running, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that exclusively publishes scholarly multimedia instead of print-like articles and is read in 180 countries. It is from this editorial work that she has developed her editorial pedagogy that informs the publishing pedagogy and training curriculum, like KairosCamp, that helps scholars learn to create research publications beyond traditional print-like genres. This work builds on her previous career as a professor of new media and digital publishing at Utah State University, where she create and redesigned two computer labs to support this pedagogy; Illinois State University, where she coordinated the successful publishing studies major and received her first NEH grant to build digital publishing platforms; and West Virginia University, where she created the Digital Publishing Institute as a publishing and mentoring mechanism for students and scholars in collaboration with the libraries. In addition to project-based classes in digital publishing and editing, Dr. Ball also taught courses in multimodal composition, covering genres including digital storytelling, interactive poetry, audio essays, webtexts, digital humanities projects, and the like. During the 2013-14 academic year, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, studying research mediation practices and teaching academic literacies to Ph.D. students.

As an outgrowth of her research on digital publishing, she became project director for Vega, an open-source multimedia academic publishing platform funded with an initial grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her research on topics along the entire scholarly communications lifecycle—reading, writing, revising, assessing/evaluating, editing, and publishing digital media texts for classroom, tenure, accessibility, and preservation purposes—has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, including Classroom Discourse, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Convergence, Fibreculture, Hybrid Pedagogy, Journal of Electronic Publishing, Journal of Media Innovation, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Kairos, Nordes, Programmatic Perspectives, Technical Communication Quarterly, Writing Program Administration Journal, and Writing & Pedagogy. She has also published in numerous edited collections, including Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, Composition as Big Data, Global Academic Publishing, Practice-based Design Research, Microhistories in Composition Studies, Threshold Concepts for Rhetoric and Composition, Extend and Unify: Outreach and Education for Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Programs, Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions, and others. She has co-authored several textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (2nd ed., Bedford, 2014) and edited several scholarly books, including The New Work of Composing (Computers & Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2012), which received the 2012 C&C Award for Best Book, RAW: Reading and Writing New Media (Hampton Press, 2010), and Bad Ideas About Writing (WVU Libraries, 2017). Open access versions of all of her research publications are available on her personal repository, http://ceball.com, including an updated version of her CV.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball directs the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries Systems (WSULS), where she collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on digital publishing projects including digital research websites, open educational resources, open-access publications (authoring and editing), digital humanities project management, digital pedagogy consultations, and other digitally based scholarly communications needs, particularly those that highlight researcher’s scholarly multimedia content. She also administers the regional Network Detroit digital humanities conference, coordinates the Detroit hub of the Michigan Digital Publishing Collaborative, is the Executive Director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum.

Since 2006, Ball has been editor of Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the world’s longest continuously running, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that exclusively publishes scholarly multimedia instead of print-like articles and is read in 180 countries. This work builds on her 14-year career as a professor of new media and digital publishing at Utah State University, where she create and redesigned two computer labs to support this pedagogy; Illinois State University, where she coordinated the successful publishing studies major and received her first NEH grant to build digital publishing platforms; and West Virginia University, where she created the Digital Publishing Institute. Dr. Ball also taught courses in multimodal composition and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, studying research mediation practices and teaching academic literacies to Ph.D. students in 2013–14.

As an outgrowth of her research on digital publishing, she became project director for Vega, an open-source multimedia academic publishing platform funded with an initial grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her research on topics along the entire scholarly communications lifecycle—reading, writing, revising, assessing/evaluating, editing, and publishing digital media texts for classroom, tenure, accessibility, and preservation purposes—has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, and edited collections. She has co-authored several textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (2nd ed., Bedford, 2014) and edited several scholarly books, including The New Work of Composing, which received the 2012 C&C Award for Best Book, RAW: Reading and Writing New Media, and Bad Ideas About Writing. Open access versions of all of her research publications are available on her personal repository, http://ceball.com, including an updated version of her CV.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball directs the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries Systems (WSULS), where she collaborates with faculty, staff, and students on digital publishing projects including digital research websites, open educational resources, open-access publications (authoring and editing), digital humanities project management, digital pedagogy consultations, and other digitally based scholarly communications needs, particularly those that highlight researcher’s scholarly multimedia content. She is also the Executive Director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum.

Since 2006, Ball has been editor of Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the world’s longest continuously running, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that exclusively publishes scholarly. This work builds on her 14-year career as a professor of new media and digital publishing at Utah State University, Illinois State University, and West Virginia University. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2013–14.

She directs the Vega project, an open-source multimedia academic publishing platform funded with an initial grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her peer-reviewed research on reading, writing, revising, assessing/evaluating, editing, and publishing digital media texts for classroom, tenure, accessibility, and preservation purposes is available for free on her personal repository, http://ceball.com.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball directs the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries Systems (WSULS), where she collaborates with scholars on open-access publications, particularly those that highlight researcher’s scholarly multimedia content. She is Executive Director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, the world’s longest continuously running, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that exclusively publishes scholarly multimedia. She also directs the Vega project, an open-source academic publishing platform. Her peer-reviewed research on the scholarly communications lifecycle is openly available on her personal repository, http://ceball.com.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball directs the Digital Publishing Collaborative and the Vega publishing project at Wayne State University. She is executive director for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Library Publishing Curriculum, and is editor of Kairos. See http://ceball.com for her full CV.

2 comments

  1. Chris Anson says:

    Cheryl–for some reason I have only your email for the book, not your direct email. Send me an email at chris_anson@ncsu.edu. I’d like to see if you could come to campus briefly and give a talk. Thanks!

  2. Colin Charlton says:

    Hey Cheryl:
    I tried an email address I had for you, but I’m not sure it worked. Hope you’re well:) Email me at Colin.charlton@utrgv.edu if you’re available for any campus-visit-workshop-guest speaker at the beginning of May.
    /.c

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