Author Biographies

Michael J. Faris

profile of Michael J. Faris

Michael is an assistant professor in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Texas Tech University, where he directed the Department of English Media Lab from 2015 to 2017. He teaches graduate courses in digital rhetoric, new media, and rhetorical theory. He has previously published on new media literacies and pedagogy in Composition Forum and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication; he has also published in College Composition and Communication, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and Communication Design Quarterly.

Sarah E. Austin

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Sarah is an instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy and Preparatory School. She is the Past-President of the Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages executive board. Sarah is also the book review editor for the Journal of Veterans Studies and an executive board member for The Center for the Study of Academic Labor. She has published in Feminist Teacher and the edited collection Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017). Sarah is currently pursuing her PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.

Erica M. Stone

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Erica is a PhD student in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Texas Tech University where her research interests center around the flow of information in a globalized technoculture, social media's role in identity development, and public intellectuals' role in history and popular culture. In 2016, Erica gave a TEDx talk urging academics to engage with the public and publish in accessible places. In 2017, she served on the CCCC 2017 Planning Committee for the Writing Program Administrators Graduate Organization. She teaches speech and composition courses at the University of Missouri Kansas City and online composition classes for Georgia Military College.

Joyce Locke Carter

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Joyce is professor of rhetoric and technical writing at The University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where she chairs the department of Rhetoric and Writing and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in argumentation, hypertext, usability research, publication management, and rhetoric and technology. Her first book is Market Matters: Applied Rhetoric Studies and Free Market Competition (Hampton, 2005), which examines market and market-like rhetorical activities. Her current book project, Reading Arguments: How Experienced Readers Evaluate Graduate Admissions Arguments, involves using eye-tracking and usability research methods to study how experts read high-stakes arguments. She wrote the proposal for the Texas Tech PhD degree offered via distance education, and managed that degree for its first 11 years. Before going into the academy, she was the CEO of the Austin-based Daedalus Group, Inc., an educational software firm that was founded by herself, fellow graduate students, and faculty at the University of Texas. Dr. Carter is the past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).