[Note: This letter was created for external reviews of my tenure/Full application, from which I withdrew when I left the tenure-track in December 2017 for a 12-month academic staff position in the library at Wayne State University. I removed the password protection on this site–which really only included this letter, as everything else was already available on my open portfolio–on April 20, 2018, as a reference for others.]
Welcome to my research portfolio for tenure and promotion to Full professor at West Virginia University. This application is for the 2017–18 year. Thank you for agreeing to be a reviewer and for the time you will spend evaluating my case.
Below is a list of Relevant Links, which includes my CV and the T&P guidelines at WVU, as well as a brief Research Statement that describes the goal of my work since 2012. Citations for and links to research artifacts are included below that.
- Curriculum Vitae
- WVU Department of English T&P guidelines
- WVU Eberly College of Arts & Sciences T&P guidelines
- WVU University T&P guidelines
My professional philosophy—an editorial pedagogy—is fundamentally linked to my academic identity and performance as an editor, scholar, teacher, mentor, and administrator in two intertwined areas of specialty:
- digital writing studies, grounded in rhetoric and composition and multimodal theories, with a focus on digital pedagogy in writing/communication, and
- digital publishing studies, as a rhetorical genre approach to learning information literacies relevant to producing professional-level/public publishing projects.
In aligning these two areas, I bring my experience teaching and researching workplace writing, web design, print design, and information studies in technical and professional communication; aesthetics, poetics, and hypertext theories in literature and creative writing (particularly as those intersect in electronic literature); histories of print- and screen-based text production and delivery in media studies and textual studies; digital media practices in art and design; and other disciplinary areas and research. (Only some of these areas are represented in this current bid for tenure and promotion.) This conglomeration is where I find myself: focusing inwards, toward a ‘home’ field of digital writing studies while simultaneously focusing outwards, toward digital publishing studies as a specialty that embraces the collaborative, open-access, and professional values of the digital humanities writ large.
Within these two areas, I practice an editorial pedagogy, built on the recursive and reciprocal nature of professionalization through editing, writing, mentoring, and teaching. I bring my particular expertise editing the peer-reviewed journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which is the longest-running digital journal where webtexts are exclusively published. (Webtexts are screen-based scholarly articles that use digital media to enact the authors’ argument.) My research focuses on webtexts and digital publishing in ways that consider (1) how digital rhetoric scholars can mentor authors through the composition and revision processes for media-rich scholarship, (2) how publishers can create sustainable infrastructures for scholarly multimedia, and (3) why we should build (and have built) publishing platforms such as Vega.
This work manifests in research outputs that include traditional genres (articles, book chapters, books, textbooks, etc.) and non-traditional genres and work products (for the humanities) such as grants, digital projects and platforms, and editorial work. The English Department at West Virginia University values these kinds of work as research, specified in the linked guidelines above. My research goal is to build better infrastructures, workflows, processes, pedagogies, and texts within digital writing studies and other academic disciplines that value how multiple media and modes of communication can impact scholarly production and teaching.
You are meant to use this password-protected page as the primary location to retrieve the research objects in my tenure portfolio. While some of those artifacts cross-exist in and (for the sake of not creating duplicates) link to my larger, open portfolio, I created this page to help define the scope of my tenure and promotion case materials, which lasts only from 2012–2017. So please return here after each artifact has been viewed. I have set all artifact links to open in a new browser window. I hope that is not too annoying.
In the Research Artifacts list below, there are several types of links provided:
- [portfolio] indicates a link to my public portfolio, ceball.com, where I have posted pre-print or public proof versions of artifacts, when that was possible. These links serve as open-access options of my work instead of photocopied PDFs of the final, printed, closed-access versions of artifacts. The portfolio also contains additional descriptions/abstracts of each artifact.
- [online] indicates a link to a publicly available, open-access, and/or final, published version of an artifact, often in an online journal or other digital publication venue. Clarification on access or publication state is provided, when needed.
- [proof copy] indicates a print-based text in final production that I am not allowed to share pre-prints of publicly (in my open portfolio) due to copyright restrictions by the press. These are the only artifacts that aren’t duplicated in my public portfolio.
Founding Series Editor. (2012–present). #writing. WAC Clearinghouse Press/Colorado State University Open Press. [online]
- Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline by Derek Mueller. Forthcoming Fall 2017. [see TOC co-publicized with the Digital Publishing Institute’s Open Textbooks website]
- Cruel Auteurism by bonnie lenore kyburz. In production as of Fall 2017.
Founding Senior Editor. (2016–present). Computers & Writing Conference Proceedings. WAC Clearinghouse Press/Colorado State University Open Press. [portfolio]
- 2016–17 Proceedings of the Computers & Writing Conference. [Double issue.] In production. Forthcoming December 2017.
Editor. (2006–present). Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy. [online]
- 13 editorial columns since 2012, with issues published bi-annually. Refer to my full CV for these columns.
Ball, Cheryl E. (forthcoming/2017). Teaching multimodal composition: A manifesto. Practice & Pedagogy Series, WAC Clearinghouse Press/Colorado State University Open Press. [portfolio]
Journet, Debra; Ball, Cheryl E.; & Trauman, Ryan. (Eds.). (2012). The new work of composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. [Winner of 2013 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award] [online–full book]
Ball, Cheryl E.; Sheppard, Jennifer; & Arola, Kristin L. (2017). Writer/ designer: A guide to making multimodal projects, 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. [proof copy]
Arola, Kristin L.; Sheppard, Jennifer; & Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Writer/designer: A guide to making multimodal projects. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press. [portfolio]
journal special issues
DeVoss, Dànielle Nicole; Ball, Cheryl E.; Selfe, Cynthia; & DeWitt, Scott Lloyd. (Eds.). (2015, June). Computers and Composition, 36, 1–66. [Special issue: CIWIC, DMAC, and technology professional development in rhetoric and composition]. [portfolio]
DeVoss, Dànielle Nicole; Ball, Cheryl E.; Selfe, Cynthia; & DeWitt, Scott Lloyd. (Eds.). (2015, Spring). Computers and Composition Online. [Special issue: CIWIC, DMAC, and technology professional development in rhetoric and composition]. [online–full webtexts | special issue TOC]
Ball, Cheryl E. [PI] et al. (2017–18). Many voices: A consortium for sustaining small, scholarly societies. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Scholarly Communication platform. $59,500. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (PI). (2016–19). Digital publishing institutes: Authoring and editing digital humanities scholarship. [KairosCamp]. NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities grant. $219,832. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E., & Morrison, Andrew D. (co-PIs). (2015–17). Vega: An academic publishing platform. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Scholarly Communication and Information Technology platform. $1,000,000. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2017). Designing research infrastructures for open-access publishing. NorDes 2017 Conference Proceedings. [online (linked under day 2)]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2017). Building a scholarly multimedia publishing infrastructure. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 48(2), 99–115. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2016). The shifting genres of scholarly multimedia: Webtexts as innovation. Journal of Media Innovations, 3(2). [online]
Ansolabehere, Karina; Ball, Cheryl [lead author]; Devare, Medha; Guidotti, Tee; Priedhorsky, Bill; van der Stelt, Wim; Taylor, Mike; Veldsman, Susan; & Willinsky, John. (2016). The moral dimensions of open [access/scholarship/data]. Open Scholarship Initiative Proceedings, Vol. 1. [online]
Ball, Cheryl E., & Eyman, Douglas. (2015). Editorial workflows for multimedia-rich scholarship. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 18(4). [Editorially reviewed] [online]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2015). Sustainable infrastructures and the future of writing studies. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 39(1), 122–137. [Invited] [portfolio]
Morrison, Andrew; Vaughan, Laurene; Mainsah, Henry; & Ball, Cheryl E. (2015). Dialogue and PhD design supervision. (2015). Proceedings of the 2015 LearnXdesign conference (n.p.), Chicago, IL. [portfolio]
Eyman, Douglas, & Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Composing for digital publication: Rhetoric, design, code. [Special invited section: Digital scholarship in composition studies]. Composition Studies, 42(1), 114–117. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Designed research: Publishing designs as scholarship. In Lim, Y.-K., Niedderer, K., Redström, J., Stolterman, E., & Valtonen, A. (Eds.), Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design’s big debates (pp. 1229–1243). Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University: Umeå, Sweden. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013). Multimodal revision techniques in webtexts. Classroom Discourse, 5(1), 1–15. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2012–13). Editorial pedagogy: A professional philosophy for developing authors, editors, and designers [a three-part series]. Hybrid Pedagogy. [online–link to all three articles in the series]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2012). Assessing scholarly multimedia: A rhetorical genre studies approach. Technical Communication Quarterly, 21, 61–77. [Winner of 2013 CCCC Award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication.] [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E.; Morrison, Andrew; & Eyman, Douglas. (2017). The rise of multimodality in academic publishing. In Mary Jane Curry & Theresa Lillis (Eds.), Global academic publishing. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [proof copy]
Mainsah, Henry; Morrison, Andrew; Aspen, Jonny; & Ball, Cheryl E. (2017). Designing the PhD curriculum in the design disciplines. In Laurene Vaughan (Ed.) Practice-based design research. London, UK: Bloomsbury. [portfolio]
Eyman, Douglas, & Ball, Cheryl E. (2016). History of a broken thing: The multijournal special issue on electronic publication. In Bruce McComisky (Ed.), Microhistories in composition studies. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. [portfolio]
Eyman, Douglas, & Ball, Cheryl E. (2015). Digital humanities scholarship and electronic publication. In Jim Ridolfo & William Hart-Davidson (Eds.), Rhetoric and the digital humanities. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E., & Charlton, Colin. (2015). All writing is multimodal. In Linda Adler-Kassner & Elizabeth Wardle (Eds.), Threshold concepts for rhetoric and composition. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013). Pirates of metadata or, The true adventures of how one editor, fifteen undergraduate publishing majors, and 25,000 media elements survived a metadata mining project. In Stephanie Davis-Kahl & Merinda Hensley (Eds.), Extend and unify: Outreach and education for scholarly communication and information literacy programs. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. [portfolio]
Ball, Cheryl E.; Fenn, Tyrell; & Scoffield, Tia. (2013). Genre and transfer in a multimodal composition class. In Carl Whithaus & Tracey Bowen (Eds.), Multimodal literacies and emerging genres in student compositions. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. [portfolio]
Journet, Debra; Ball, Cheryl E.; & Trauman, Ryan. (2012). Digital scholarship and the new work of the book in composition studies. In The new work of composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. [portfolio | online]
The Normal Group. (2012). Talking back to teachers: Undergraduate research in multimodal composition. In Debra Journet, Cheryl E. Ball, & Ryan Trauman (Eds.) The new work of composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. [portfolio | online]
white papers and reports
Konkiel, Stacy, Ball, Cheryl E., Barrett, Kim, Berkery, Peter, et al. (2017). Promoting openness in professional advancement practices. Open Scholarship Initiative. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Press. [portfolio]
Ansolabehere, Karina; Ball, Cheryl [lead author]; Devare, Medha; Guidotti, Tee; Priedhorsky, Bill; van der Stelt, Wim; Taylor, Mike; Veldsman, Susan; & Willinsky, John. (2016). What are the moral dimensions of open [access/scholarship/data]? Report on the Moral Dimensions working group, Open Scholarship Initiative. [online–pdf | video–presentation]
Eyman, Douglas; Ball, Cheryl E.; Boggs, Jeremy; Booher, Amanda; et al. (2016). Access/ibility: Access and usability for digital publishing. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 20(1). [online]
Publisher. (2017). Bad ideas about writing (Ed. Cheryl E. Ball & Drew M. Loewe). Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Libraries. [online]
Publisher. (2017). Directory for scholarship of teaching and learning at West Virginia University. SoTL Group for the Teaching and Learning Commons (Eds.). Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Libraries. [online]
Lead Production Editor. (2017). Reviews of the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication. In Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 21(1). [online]
Publisher. (2016). West Virginia history: An open-access reader. Kevin Barksdale & Ken Fones-Wolf (Eds.). Morgantown, WV: Digital Publishing Institute. [online]
Lead Production Editor. (2016). Reviews of the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication. In Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 20(1). [online]
Founder/Content manager. (2013–present). rhetoric.io. [online]
reviews & commentaries
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013–15). Get a Job! [Advice column]. Inside Higher Ed. [online]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013, November 12). From big data to boutique data. Blog carnival: Data. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. [online]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013, February 28). Session 384: What is a journal? Toward a theory of periodical studies. Digital rhetoric collaborative: 2013 MLA conference reviews. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. [online]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013, January 28). The kairotic nature of online scholarly community building. mediaCommons: a digital scholarly network. [online]
Total since 2012: 72.
Refer to my Curriculum Vitae for more information on these entries.
Total since 2012: 35.
Refer to my Curriculum Vitae for more information on these entries.