Author's Biography

Dr. John F. Barber teaches advanced composition, creative writing, technical writing, and electronic pedagogy at Northwestern State University in historic Natchitoches, LA, the oldest continually inhabited town in the original Louisiana Purchase Territory. He is interested in pedagogical and cultural issues raised by the intersection of literacy, technology, and society. In addition to teaching, he directs the department's developmental writing program and serves as the Director of the University Writing Center.

His publications and professional presentations often address the use of technology in teaching and teacher training although he enjoys working in other areas as well. His book, Richard Brautigan: An Annotated Bibliography, remains a standard reference work.

His dissertation, "Talking Around the Electronic Campfire: An Ethnography of Writing Teachers Investigating Computer-Assisted Composition Within A Computer Conference," was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in April 1995 by the Graduate School at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Computers and Composition: An International Journal for Teachers of Writing honored his work in May 1996 as Finalist in the competition for the prestigious Hugh Burns Award for Best Dissertation in Computers and Composition Studies.

In a more non-academic vein, John Barber is a dynamic figure. He manages time efficiently, pays his bills on time, and is often acclaimed for his ability to prepare extraordinary four-course meals using only yogurt and granola. He has navigated the Mississippi River, been caller number nine, and spoken to Elvis. This is his first hypertextual writing.

Dr. John F. Barber
Department of Language and Communication
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, LA 71497

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