Derek N. Mueller
Assistant Professor of Written Communication
Director of the First-year Writing Program
Department of English Language and Literature
Eastern Michigan University
613M Pray Harrold, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

 
   
Present Position

Assistant Professor of Written Communication
Dept. of English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, 2009-

Director of the First-year Writing Program
Dept. of English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, 2013-

   
Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
Syracuse University, 2004-2009

Dissertation: "Clouds, Graphs, and Maps: Distant Reading and Disciplinary Imagination" Committee: Collin G. Brooke (chair), Rebecca M. Howard, Louise W. Phelps, Alex Reid, and Anne F. Wysocki

Certificate in University Teaching (Future Professoriate Program)
Exam areas: Writing Technologies, Tools-in-use: Ecologies and Affordances, and Visuality and New Media

Master of Arts, English
University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998-2000
Concentration in rhetoric and composition

Bachelor of Arts, English
Park College, 1992-1996, Summa cum laude

   
Professional History

Associate Director of the First-year Writing Program
Dept. of English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, 2012-2013

Graduate Teaching Associate
The Writing Program, Syracuse University, 2004-2009

Senior Part-time Instructor, English and Humanities
Park University, 2000-2009

Online Course Developer
Park University, 2001-2009

Asst. Director of Athletics/Sports Information
Park University, 1997-2004

Part-time Instructor
University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2000

Assoc. Director of Professional Development for Graduate Teaching Assistants
English Dept., Missouri-Kansas City, 1999-2000

   
Teaching and Research Areas
  • Theories and practices of composition
  • Research methods and methodologies
  • New media and digital writing
  • Network studies
  • Writing pedagogies
  • Geography and mapping
  • Digital humanities
  • Information design and data visualization
  • Computational rhetorics
  • Discourse analysis and distant reading
  • Heuretic/alien/aerial discipliniography
   
Scholarly Activity
 
publications

"Lessons in Generative Design, Publishing, and Circulation: What EM-Journal’s First Year Has Taught Us," co-developed with Jana Rosinski, Becky Morrison, Chelsea Lonsdale, and Adam Nannini, Kairos 17.2 (Jan. 2013). Web.

"Grasping Rhetoric and Composition by Its Long Tail: What Graphs Can Tell Us About the Field's Changing Shape," College Composition and Communication 64.1 (Sept. 2012): 195-223. PDF

"Views from a Distance: A Nephological Model of the CCCC Chairs' Addresses, 1977-2011," Kairos 16.2 (Jan. 2012). Web.

"Tracing Rhetorical Style from Prose to New Media: 3.33 Ways," Kairos 16.2 (Jan. 2012). Web.

"Distant Reading Methods: How (and Why) to Read 400 Scholarly Articles in One Sitting," SP: Language and Social Processes AERA SIG 32.1 (Spring 2011): 15-16. PDF

Rev. of Teaching Writing Online: How and Why by Scott Warnock, co-authored with Angelique Trent for Composition Forum 22 (Summer 2010). Web.

"Every Mad Scientist Needs a Tower, a Monster, and a Telegraph Wire: Blogs as Research and Pedagogy Laboratories for Graduate Students," co-authored with Krista A. Kennedy for Metamorphosis: The Effects of Professional Development on Graduate Students. Eds. Andréa D. Davis and Suzanne Webb. Fountainhead Press. (ms. accepted; collection expected to be available at 2014 CCCC).

"Digital Underlife in the Networked Writing Classroom," Computers and Composition 26.4 (Dec. 2009): 240-250. PDF

Rev. of The Economics of Attention by Richard A. Lanham, JAC 28.1-2 (2008): 328-335. PDF

"Challenging Literacy: Student Readers and Difficult Texts," Composing Ourselves, 4.2, Missouri-Kansas City, Winter 1999

   
Interview

"Episode 19: Dimensions of Data: Visual Disciplinography," by Jana Rosinski, Feb. 28, 2014, This Rhetorical Life, Syracuse University

   
Editorial

Sponsoring Editor and Faculty Advisor, EM—Journal, 2011-

Editorial Assistant, College Composition and Communication, 2005-2009
Responsible for CCC Online Archive with Associate Editor, Collin Brooke.

Technical Editor, Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All-in-One, 4th Ed., for Pearson Education, Inc., 2008.

   
GRANTS & Awards

Dean's Program Development Initiative, "Enacting the First-Year Writing Program Assessment Initiative," with Kate Pantelides ($5,000), Eastern Michigan University, 2013-14

Dean's Program Development Initiative, "Proposal for a Peer Tutoring Initiative at EMU: A Collaboration Between the University Writing Center, the English Department and the Writing Across the Curriculum Program," with Ann Blakeslee, Cathy Fleischer, and Kim Pavlock ($2,000), Eastern Michigan University, 2011

Provost's New Faculty Research Support Award ($4,969 grant to fund research), Eastern Michigan University, 2010

CCR Dissertation Oral Defense, Passed with distinction, 2009
CCR Qualifying Exams, Passed with distinction, 2007
Teaching Assistant Superior Teaching Award, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998, 1999
Sosland Teaching Award, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999

   
Conference
PRESENTATIONS

"Mad Handles," E.17 Polymorphic Frames of Pre-Tenure WPAs: Eight Accounts of Hybridity and Pronoia, Thursday, March 20, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Ind.

"Emplaced Disciplinary Networks from Middle Altitude," Interdependencies and Cross-Pollination between Canadian and U.S. Writing Studies: Examining Transnational Relationships through Distant and Close Methodologies, Writing Research Across Borders, Symposium W9, February 22, 2014, Paris, France (handout)

"Dissoi Ecologoi: Differential Rhetorical Ecologies and Prospective Appeals," Latour’s Compositionism and the Angel of History, Friday, April 26, 2013, HASTAC, Toronto, Ont.

"Considerations of Research Design and Analyzing Large Data Sets in the 2012 Master's Degree Consortium Survey," L.18 Respondent, Saturday, March 16, 2013, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nev.

"Cross-Generational Connections among Retired Faculty, Retiring Faculty, and the Emergent Professoriate: Beginning a Conversation," E.01 Facilitator, Featured Session, Thursday, March 14, 2013, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nev.

"Alien Discipliniography: Visualization Methods for an Ontographic View of Rhetoric and Composition," Networked Relations: New Materialist Contributions to the Digital Humanities February 16, 2013, Networked Humanities Conference, #nhuk, Lexington, Ky.

"Clocking Composition: Exploring Chronography with Timeline JS," Oct. 20, 2012
With Jana Rosinski and Joe Torok. WIDE-EMU Conference, East Lansing, Mich.

"Sifting for Worm Turns: Thirty Keywords over Two Decades in College Composition and Communication," March 22, 2012
Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Mo.

"Lessons in Generative Design, Publishing, and Circulation: What EM-Journal’s First Year Has Taught Us," March 22, 2012
Poster presentation with Becky Morrison, Jana Rosinski, Adam Nannini, and Chelsea Lonsdale, Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Mo.

"The EM-Journal Experiment: Selected Lessons in Launching and Maintaining an Online Journal," March 2, 2012
Poster presentation with Becky Morrison, Jana Rosinski, and Chelsea Lonsdale, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Alma College, Alma, Mich.

"Views from a Distance: A Nephological Model," December 3, 2011
Poster presentation, HASTAC V, Ann Arbor, Mich.

"The Hyper-Circumference of Effectiveness in 3…2…1… FTL Jumps," Oct. 15, 2011
WIDE-EMU Conference, Ypsilanti, Mich.

"CCC In Motion: Twenty Terms Over Twenty Years," May 20, 2011
Panel: "Motion, Media, Method, Materiality"
Computers and Writing Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich.

"Cloud Parallax," April 9, 2011
Roundtable: "A Department in Exile: The Challenges of Contested Spaces and Roles"
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Ga.

"Tracing Rhetorical Style from Prose to New Media: 3.33 Ways," April 7, 2011
Poster presentation, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Ga.

THATCamp—Chicago, November 20, 2010
The Humanities and Technology Camp, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.

"I'll Have What You're Having: Delicious Mentorship 2.0 Ways," May 22, 2010
Computers and Writing Conference, West Lafayette, Ind.

"When the Last Database You Search Is Not Your Own," March 18, 2010
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Ky. (Review)

"1987: A Choragraphic Return to North's Neighborhood," March, 2009
Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, Calif.

"Sweding a Scholarly Journal: Metadata, Digitization, and Whatever You Have On Hand," October 17, 2008
Thomas R. Watson Conference, Louisville, Ky.

"Automata for the Archive: A Machinery for Distant Reading," May 25, 2008
Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Wash.

"Everywhere Drafting: A Thick Map," May 23, 2008
Rhetoric Society of America, Seattle, Wash.

"Visualizing Disciplinary Patterns: Distant Reading Methods and Composition Studies," April 11, 2008
Northeast Modern Language Association, Buffalo, N.Y.

"How Archives Learn: Tagging Practices and the Circulation of Digital Archives," April 4, 2008
Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, La.

"Blogging and the Orchestration of Attention It Demands," May, 2007
Computers and Writing Conference, Detroit, Mich.

"Clouds, Graphs, and Maps: CCC From a Distance," March 24, 2007
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Featured Session, New York, N.Y.

"Digital Underlife and Writing Instruction," July 24-27, 2006
Virtual Reality in Real Life Conference, SUNY-Cortland, Online

"Mirror, Mirror on the Web: The Evolution of CCC Online," March, 2006
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, Ill.

"Networked Writing as Micro-Monument: The Long Tail's Nested Memoria," October, 2005
Contesting Public Memories Conference, Syracuse, N.Y.

"Weblogs and Emergence: Opening Gestures in Networked Spaces," April, 2005
Humanities, Arts and Technosciences (CHATS) Conference, Albany, N.Y.

"Ping! Re-Addressing Audience in the Blogosphere," March, 2005
Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, Calif.

"Competing Voices in Anna McAfee's Lectures to Young Women," April, 2000
Conference on College Composition and Communication, Minneapolis, Minn.

"Challenging Literacy: Student Readers and Difficult Texts," February, 2000
Missouri Write to Learn Conference, Osage Beach, Mo.

   
WORKSHOPS & Invited PRESENTATIONS

Co-facilitator, Writing Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University, April 29-May 3, 2013 (Included "Writing in a Digital Age" workshop, April 30)

"Chronos, Chronos Again: Composing Media-rich Timelines with Timeline JS," April 4, 2013 Invited Digital Future Workshop for the Center for 21st Century Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Using Google Docs for Collaborative Work," May 10, 2012
Invited workshop for the Communication Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University

"Blogs as Scaffolding for Research Writing," May 1, 2012
Invited presentation (WI Spotlight) for the Writing Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University

"A Quick Rhetoric of QR Codes," Nov. 8, 2011
Invited Tech Talk for the Art Department, Eastern Michigan University

"Technological Support for Collaborative Work," May 5, 2011
Invited workshop for the Communication Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University

"Google Reader Across the Curriculum," April 27, 2011
With Becky Morrison, invited workshop for the Writing Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University

"How to Curate a Digital Antilibrary: An Introduction to Google Reader," Dec. 2, 2010
Technovations workshop for the Nelson Faculty Dev. Center, Eastern Michigan University

"The Found-Kept Web: A Delicious Workshop," April 28 & May 5, 2010
Invited workshop for the Writing Across the Curriculum Institute, Eastern Michigan University

"Graduate Studies and Professional Ethos, Blogwise," May 2, 2009
Invited speaker (via Skype), Creating, Composing, Curating: Converging Sites of Composition
FYC Professional Development Conference, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Podcasting: Sonic Composing," October 22, 2008
Guest presenter, CCR720: Interdisciplinary Influences on Composition and Rhetoric: Computers and Writing, Syracuse Univ.

"Tech Camp: A Workshop on Web Writing, Image Work, and Video Production,"
June 17-19, 2008, Co-Facilitator, The Writing Program, Syracuse University

"Social Bookmarking in Action ," August 20, 2007
CCR Community Day Panel, "Scholarship in Action: Scholarly Perspectives II," Syracuse Univ.

"Blogging as a Graduate Student," October 20, 2005
Gateway Focus on Teaching Luncheon Series, "Technology to Support Student Motivation," Syracuse Univ.

"Quick and Dirty Research: RSS and Aggregation," August 24, 2005
Writing Program New TA Orientation, Syracuse University

"The Photographemic Map as Writable Space," August 22, 2005
CCR Community Day Panel, "Mapping Spatial and Material Conditions," Syracuse Univ.

"Technology and the Writing Classroom," April, 1999
Composition workshop, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

 
Teaching
 
COURSES

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mi.
ENGL121: Composition II: Researching the Public Experience (2 sections | syllabi)
ENGL326: Research Writing (2 sections | syllabi)
ENGL328: Writing, Style, and Technology (14 sections | syllabi)
ENGL444: Writing for the World Wide Web (1 section | syllabus)
ENGL499: Ind. Study: Composition as Craft (Honors Thesis) (syllabus)
ENGL499: Ind. Study: Inquiring into Digital Humanities (Honors Thesis) (syllabus)
ENGL499: Ind. Study: Digital Writing Pedagogy (Honors Thesis) (syllabus)
ENGL505: Rhetoric of Science and Technology (2 sections | syllabi)
ENGL516: Computers and Writing: Theory and Practice (3 sections | syllabi)
ENGL527: Visual Rhetoric (syllabus)
ENGL596: Teaching Composition on the College Level (syllabus)
ENGL699: Ind. Study: Rhetorical Genre Studies (syllabus)
UWC Faculty Consultant, Winter 2011

Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
WRT105: Analysis, Argument and Academic Writing (3 sections | syllabi)
WRT195: Studio 2 for Transfer Students (1 section | syllabus)
WRT205: Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing* (3 sections| syllabi )
WRT220: Writing Enrichment
WRT302: Advanced Writing Studio: Digital Writing (1 section | syllabus)
WRT307: Advanced Writing Studio: Professional Writing (2 sections | syllabi)
Writing Consultant, Writing Center, 2008

Park University, Parkville, Mo.
EN105: Writing Strategies and Concepts* (3 sections)
EN105DL: Writing Strategies and Concepts (Online) (9 sections)
EN106: Writing Purposes and Research* (4 sections)
EN106DL: Writing Purposes and Research (Online) (9 sections)
EN306B: Prof. Writing in the Disciplines: Business Communications (Online) (2 sections)
LS211DL: Introduction to the Humanities (Online) (10+ sections )
ML315C: Reading and Culture for International Students (1 section)
PK115: Basic Skills: Writing I (2 sections)
PK116: Basic Skills: Writing II (2 sections)
PK117: Principles of Composition in Review (1 section)
Writing Tutor, Academic Support Center, 2000

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
ENG110: Freshman Composition (2 sections)
ENG225: English II* (2 sections)
ENG305WI: Theory and Practice of Composition (1 section)

* Taught in both conventional classrooms and computer labs.
For further information: Teaching Dossier.

   
THESES & PROJECTS

Advisor, Master's Project, "Toward a Rhetoric of Amusement Park Maps," by Danielle Newby, MA in Written Communication (Professional Writing), 2014

Advisor, Master's Project, "The Mode and the Message: A Case Study of an Online Open Letter to RIM," by Ila Coltas, MA in Written Communication (Professional Writing), 2013

Advisor, Master's Project, "Technical Composition," by Jana Rosinski, MA in Written Communication (Teaching of Writing/Professional Writing), 2013

Advisor, Master's Project, "Visualizing Present Tense: Graphing and Mapping a Corner of the Discipline," by Joe Torok, MA in Written Communication (Teaching of Writing), 2013

Advisor, Senior Honors Thesis, "A Craft-based Composition: Expanding and Foregrounding Materiality in Writing," by Chelsea Lonsdale, BA in Language, Literature, and Writing (LLW), 2012

Advisor, Senior Honors Thesis, "A Case for Mutual Engagement: On the Consequences of Professor as Terminal Audience," by Adam Nannini, BA in Language, Literature, and Writing (LLW), 2012

Advisor, Senior Honors Thesis, "Explorations of a Geek," by Erin C. Stratos, BA in Language, Literature, and Writing (LLW), 2011

Reader, "Something to Talk About: Rhetorical Exchanges on 'Professors Strike Back,' from Ratemyprofessors.com," by Bushra M. Malaibari, MA in Written Communication, 2010

   
CERTIFICATES

Future Professoriate Program (FPP), Syracuse University, 2006-2008

Online Instructor Certificate, eCollege, April, 2004

Grant Writing Certificate, Prairie Lands Writing Project, November, 2001

Online Instructor Certificate, VCampus Corporation, August, 2001

National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant, July, 1999

   
Service
 
Professional

Advisory Board, Rhetoric I/O, 2013-

Board, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, Univ. of Michigan Press, 2012-

Review Board, Xchanges, 2011-

Editorial Board, Enculturation, 2010-

CCCC Task Force on Cross-Generational Connections, 2013-2015

Online Coach, 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2014

CCCC Nominating Committee, 2013-2014

Co-Chair, Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists, NCTE/CCCC, 2011-2014

Co-organizer, WIDE-EMU Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2013

Stage II Reviewer, NCTE/CCCC, Champaign-Urbana, Ill., 2013

Online Coach, 2014 Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 2013

Co-organizer, WIDE-EMU Conference, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Mich., 2012

Facilitator, Information Technologies, Think Tank for Newcomers, CCCC, 2010-2013

Co-organizer, WIDE-EMU Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2011

Proposal Reviewer, Computers and Writing Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2011

Proposal Reviewer, Computers and Writing Conference, Detroit, Mich., 2007

Co-director, VRRL Conference, SUNY-Cortland, Cortland, N.Y., 2006

   
Campus

Chair, First-year Writing Program Committee, English Language & Literature, Eastern Michigan Univ., Sept. 2012-

Graduate Committee, English Language & Literature, Eastern Michigan Univ., Sept. 2012-

Written Communications Committee, Eastern Michigan University, 2009-

Rhetoric and Writing Committee, Eastern Michigan University, 2011-

Campus Literacy Task Force, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2012-2013

Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing—Technical Communication, 2012-2013

Honors College Advisory Council, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2011-2013

Curriculum Committee, English Language & Literature, Eastern Michigan Univ., 2010-2013

Library Liaison, Dept. of English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan Univ., 2009-2012

Reader, TRUEMU Essay Contest, Eastern Michigan Univ., 2012

Interviewer, Presidential Scholars Competition, Eastern Michigan Univ., Dec. 10, 2011

University Writing Center Faculty Consultant, Winter 2011

Interviewer, Presidential Scholars Competition, Eastern Michigan Univ., Dec. 4, 2010

HASTAC Mentor, 2010-2011

Computer Refresh Program (CRP) Committee, College of Arts & Sciences, Eastern Michigan Univ., 2010

Mentor, Online Instructor Mentor Program, Park University, Parkville, Mo., 2007-2009

Co-coordinator, CCR Graduate Collective, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 2005-2007

Review Committee on the Candidacy of Professor Collin Gifford Brooke for Promotion and Tenure, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 2006

Graduate Committee, CCR, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 2005-2006

Reader, Writing Competency Test, Park University, Parkville, Mo., 1998-2004

Facilitator, GKCWP Student Writing Project, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, July, 2001

Facilitator, Student Writing Project, Carver Elementary, Kansas City, Mo., June, 2001

President, English Graduate Student Association, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, 1999-2000

   
Community

Mentor, Native Vision, Sports and Life Skills Camp, Shiprock, N.M., 2013
Mentor, Native Vision, Sports and Life Skills Camp, Tuba City, Ariz., 2012
Mentor, Native Vision, Sports and Life Skills Camp, Santa Fe, N.M., 2010
Mentor, Native Vision, Sports and Life Skills Camp, Bernalillo, N.M., 2004, 2005, 2008
Mentor, Native Vision, Sports and Life Skills Camp, Whiteriver, Ariz., 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009

Youth Coach and Div. Coordinator, SPCAA Basketball and Soccer, 1998-2004

Greater Kansas City Writing Project Advisory Board, Technology Liaison, 2000-2004

   
Technology Proficiencies
  • Digital cartography: geoJSON, Mapbox
  • Courseware: eCollege, Blackboard, VCampus
  • Images: Photoshop, Picmonkey, Gimp
  • Weblogs: Movable Type, Wordpress
  • RSS Aggregation: Feedly, browser plug-ins
  • General: OpenOffice and MS Office Suite, Google Docs, Zoho
  • Concept mapping: CMap Tools, Gliffy
  • Vector graphics: Adobe Illustrator, Flash, Pencil, Inkscape
  • Documents: Adobe, Quark Xpress, Scribd
  • Video: YouTube; Vimeo; Processing conversions between VHS, MPEG, AVI, MOV and streaming formats; iMovie; iShowU HD
  • Basic web design: XHTML, XML, CSS
  • Sound: Audacity, Garage Band
  • Wikis: PMWiki, MediaWiki
  • Web 2.0: Flickr, Delicious, Facebook, Library Thing, Google+, Wayfaring, Cite-u-like, Twitter
  • Programming: PHP, R (beginner)
  • Databases: MySQL
   
Memberships

American Association of University Professors, EMU-AAUP, 2009-
Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition, ATAC, 2007-
Conference on College Composition and Communication, CCCC, 1998-
Council of Writing Program Administrators, CWPA, 2012-
Michigan Council of Teachers of English, MCTE, 2010-2011
Modern Language Association, MLA, 2008-2009
National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE, 1998-
Rhetoric Society of America, RSA, 2007-LE

 
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