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Wide Research Center | Michigan State University | Rhetoric & Writing

Bill Hart-Davidson
Co-Director, Wide Center

Bill Hart-Davidson teaches in the Rhetoric and Writing and Professional Writing programs at Michigan State University. He is also co-director of the Writing in Digital Environments research center. His research explores the influences of technology on literate activity, with a special focus on the development of new technologies for understanding and enacting writing practices.


Ellen Cushman

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Associate Professor at MSU, Ellen
Cushman's teaching and research take place at the intersections of critical,
digital, and community literacies. She teaches courses in Professional
Writing, English Education, Rhetoric and Writing, and Critical Studies in
Language and Pedagogy. As part of a new qualitative study on Cherokee language and cultural preservation, she developed with the students in her multimedia writing class a CD-Rom and website in collaboration with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to be released in Fall 2005 at the annual Cherokee National Holiday.

Jeff Grabill

Jeff Grabill
Co-Director, WIDE Center

Jeff Grabill teaches in the professional writing and rhetoric and writing programs at Michigan State where he is also Director of Professional Writing and Co-Director of the Writing in Digital Environments Research Center. His current work focuses on understanding the civic rhetorics of technologically and scientifically complex places.


Dànielle Nicole DeVoss

DeVoss teaches core courses in the Professional Writing undergraduate program and in the Rhetoric & Writing graduate program at Michigan State University. DeVoss' research interests include visual rhetoric, computer/technological literacies; feminist interpretations of and interventions in computer technologies; professional writing; technical communication; gender/identity play in online spaces; online representation and embodiment; and issues of rhetoric in disciplines such as nursing and medicine. DeVoss is currently working with Heidi McKee on an edited collection on issues of digital writing research, Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues.


Jim Porter

Porter is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan
State University, where he also serves as Director of Rhetoric & Writing in
the College of Arts & Letters and Co-Director of the WIDE Research Center.
He has authored or co-authored four books, including Audience and Rhetoric
(1992) and Professional Writing Online (2001), a web-based textbook. His
book Rhetorical Ethics and Internetworked Writing (1998) won the Computers and Composition Best Book award. Porter's current research focuses on the intersections of rhetoric theory, professional communication, and digital writing, with particular emphasis on issues of delivery and distribution; digital copyright and information policy; and ethical issues in
Internet-based research.

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