[Compiled from staff reports and MOO sessions]
The editorial staff of Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments recently welcomed Claudine Keenan to its ranks, in the newly-created position of Sections Editor.
As Sections Editor, Keenan will be responsible for recruiting and coordinating contributions to the journal's Reviews section, and for leading an effort to re-imagine the interactive parts of Kairos, previously situated in the sections called "InBox" and "Pixelated Rhetorics." Additionally, she will be working with Editor Mick Doherty in coordinating the WebNews section, to which Keenan has been an influential recent contributor. The staff position is a one-year renewable commitment which begins immediately for the production cycle of Kairos 2.1, scheduled for release in February of 1997.
Keenan is currently a full time faculty member at the Penn State Allentown Campus, where she teaches undergraduate writing courses using the Internet and collaborative writing software. In addition, she continues to teach as an adjunct instructor for Lehigh Carbon Community College, where she has launched the school's first Internet-based writing course.
She is a national leader in the Annenberg/CPB-sponsored Epiphany Project to promote the use of computers in writing instruction; her NewsWeb regarding that project, constructed collaboratively with George Otte and Peter Sands, appeared in the Autumn issue of Kairos . She also contributed a webtext to the Summer Kairos CoverWeb on MOOs and MUDs in education entitled, "Wading Through the MUD -- the Process of Becoming M** Literate."
In addition to her Kairos publications, Keenan has authored an "Educator's Guide to the Internet" for teachers who are new to online environments and has led faculty development workshops and seminars at many institutions around Pennsylvania and in California. Her work on establishing electronic writing communities will appear in Microsoft's upcoming "Helping to Fulfill the Promise of Technology" CD-ROM project for educators, and her teaching tips for using email to respond to student writing appears in the October 1996 issue of NCTE's print journal Teaching English in the Two-Year College.
According to Doherty, "Claudine has demonstrated a dedication to electronic scholarship in a creative, accessible way which will benefit our staff, and more importantly, the online community of educators. We're fortunate to have her working with us." Kairos Links Editor Greg Siering agrees, adding, "I think she will do wonderful and innovative work for the journal, and I look forward to working with her." Keenan joins CoverWeb Editor Douglas Eyman as a new addition to the Kairos staff, which is re-structuring itself as the journal heads toward its second year of publication.