Associate Professor. Director, ISU Studio for New Media. Director, EServer.org.
I teach courses about new media in workplace and technical communication, including courses in web design, content management systems, nonlinear video editing, film theory, social media, and usability. My research focuses on the history of publishing, both from theoretical perspectives (using both cultural and rhetorical theory) and in pragmatics (typography, offset printing, online document management, new media). I am the director of both the ISU Studio for New Media and the electronic publishing project EServer.org. My hobbies include golf, sailing, hiking and film.
- Rhetorical and cultural theory; technical communication
- New media and the history of publishing
- Nonlinear video and audio production; DVD, Web, HDTV, Web application, and CD design/development
- Popular culture/film/media and cultural studies
Selected Print Publications
- "Multimedia Labs as Content Incubators." Intercom, September-October 2011.
- "EServer TC Library: The Most Popular Technical Communication Website in the World." Interview by Tom Johnson. I'd Rather Be Writing, 2008.
- "The Brain Behind the EServer Technical Communication Library: Rendezvous with Geoffrey Sauer." Interview by Saurabh Kudesia. International Journal for Technical Communication, 2007.
- "Expanding the Scope of Technical Communication: Examples from the Department of Technical Communication at the University of Washington." In Technical Communication., Vol. 50, No. 2: May 2003. 28 pp. (with Haselkorn, Mark P., Jennifer Turns, Deborah L. Illman, Michio Tsutsui, Carolyn Plumb and Tom Williams.)
- "コミュニティ、コースウェア、" In オンライン・コミュニティ: ｅコマース、教育オンライン、 非営利オンライン 活動の最先端レポート (Online Communities: A Cutting-Edge Report on E-Commerce, Education Online, and Non-Profit Online Activities). Chris Werry and Miranda Mowbray, eds. Ken'ich Ikeda, Ed. Supervisor. Midori Shimoda, Kiichi Obata, Ko Ito and Yumiko Koiwa, translators. Tokyo: Pearson Education Japan, 2003. pp. 187-205.
- "A Commentary on Edmond H. Weiss's "Egoless Writing: Improving Quality by Replacing Artistic Impulse with Engineering Discipline."" In ACM Journal of Computer Documentation. Vol. 26, No. 1: February 2002. pp. 17-22.
- "Community, Courseware and Intellectual Property Law." In Online Communities: Commerce, Community Action, and the Virtual University. Chris Werry and Miranda Mowbray, eds. New York: Prentice Hall, 2001. 23 pp.
- "Hackers, Order and Control," in Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life. Ed. Michael Berube. New York: New York University Press, 1998.
Selected Electronic Publications
- The EServer. A collaboration with 227 total members, the EServer has since 1990 published works to millions of readers (approximately 2.0 million per month, making us the most popular humanities website in the world, according to Alexa). Director, October 1990 to the present
- EServer Technical Communication (and Technical Writing) Library. A hybrid between a traditional scholarly index and a web portal, this is the largest index of works in technical, scientific and professional communication. Director and Member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards, April 2001 to the present
- Antislavery Literature Project. The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early human rights philosophies. Project Advisor, March 2003 to the present
- Bad Subjects. A journal based in Berkeley, California, Bad Subjects is an investigation into contemporary American cultural studies. Member, Editorial Board, September 1993 to the present
- Rhetoric and Composition. The largest (and one of the most popular) rhetoric websites online. Editor, September 1995 to the present
- From Vision to Transformation: New Models of Academic Support for Digital Scholarship. In 2003 I took part in a Mellon Foundation-funded retreat to discuss models for university facilitation of digital scholarship. Invited Participant, March 2003
- Exploring Technical Communication. With five students in 2002, we created a 30-minute documentary (in DVD and streaming web formats) to describe the field to those who don't know exactly what technical communication is. Faculty Advisor, September 2001 to May 2002
- The Orange Journal. Founded and edit a graduate student journal for the field of technical and professional communication. Editor, June 2001 to the June 2005. Faculty Advisor, June 2001 to the present
- Literary Events Database. A database of important events from literary history for every day of the year. Webmaster, February 1998
- Lectures on Demand. A collection of streaming audio and video lectures in a variety of arts and humanities topics. Webmaster, December 1996
- Project Yao (覞工程). A free, publicly accessible permanent database of pre-1920 American literature translations into Chinese. Webmaster, 2008 to the present
- The Rover; or, The Banish'd Cavaliers. A new edition of Aphra Behn's 1677 Restoration comedy. Editor, December 1996
- Looking Backward. A new edition of Edward Bellamy's utopian socialist novel from 1887. Editor, August 1996
Courses Taught (Regularly)
- Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
- B.A., University of Notre Dame