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Alan Benson

2415 Fry Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
336/255-2923
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Education

Ph.D., English. Concentration: Rhetoric and Composition. Exam topics: Rhetoric and composition, literary theory, online discourse. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, anticipated completion date May 2012.

Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2012.

M.A., English. Concentration: Teaching Composition. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006.

B.S., Journalism. Boston University, 1992.

Institutes

Digital Media and Composition, Ohio State University, 2009.

Dissertation

Collaborative Composition and Writing Courses: The Virtual Problem of Context.

Committee: Nancy Myers (Director), Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, Kelly Ritter.

Research Interests

Digital rhetorics, online identity formation, ethnography, collaborative writing, writing center pedagogy, online writing center development and administration.

Grants and Fellowships

Hayes Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, university-wide academic merit award with one-year non-service stipend, 2006.

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, 2012–2017.

Courses taught:

Writing Center Theory and Practice, English 397

Rhetorics and Technologies, English 313

Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing, Writing 114

Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing, Writing 118

Introduction to College Writing, English 110

College Writing for Transfer Students and Advanced Placement Students, English 112

Graduate Teaching Instructor, English Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2007-2012.

Courses taught:

English Composition I, English 101

English Composition II, English 102

English Composition I for Non-Native Speakers, English 101N

Introduction to Narrative, English 105

Artificial Life in Fact and Fiction, Freshman Seminar 115

Writing and Jamming Viral Culture, Residential College 102 and Freshman Seminar 115

Administration

Director, Center for Writing Excellence, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, 2012-2017.

Graduate Assistant Director, University Writing Center, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Fall 2008.

Graduate Teaching Intern, English 747 and English 324, English Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006 and 2009.

Online Writing Center Developer/Consultant, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006-2012.

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, The Anne Finch Digital Archive (library.uncg.edu/dp/annefinch/), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries, 2010-2012.

Graduate Research Assistant, Curriculum and Instruction Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004.

Non-Academic Work Experience

Staff

Writer, editor, and content developer, BensonText, Greensboro, NC, 2017–present.

Senior Information Developer, Symantec, Santa Monica, CA, 2001-2003.

Senior Writer, EarthLink, Pasadena, CA, 1997-2000.

Managing Editor, Editor in Chief ad interim, CitySearch, Research Triangle Park, NC, 1996-1997.

Copy Editor/Paginator, The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC, 1995-1996.

Listings Coordinator/Events Editor and Page Designer, Worcester Phoenix, Worcester, MA, 1993-1995

Editor, Quality Matters, Greensboro, NC, 1992-1993.

Freelance

Contributing writer, Digital Planet, PETsMART.com, Z.com, and HealthAllies.com, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2001.

Copy Editor/Writer, Stay Free! magazine, New York, NY, 1994-1999.

Reporter, Harte-Hanks Community Newspapers, Waltham, MA, 1994-1995.

Publications

Academic

“‘We Also Offer Online Services at Interpellation.edu’: Althusserian Hails and Online Writing Centers.” Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation 19.1 (2014): 11-24. Invited lead essay.

“Review: We Have Always Already Been Multimodal: Histories of Engagement with Multimodal and Experimental Composition.” College English 77.2 (2014): 165-175. Invited review essay.

In-house

"The Writing Center, Where Writers Meet," Technê Rhêtorikê: Techniques of Discourse for Writers and Speakers, 3rd ed., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 2011. 144-147.

"Researching Rhetorically," Technê Rhêtorikê: Techniques of Discourse for Writers and Speakers, 2nd and 3rd ed., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 2010. With Laurie Lyda. 112-117, 94-98.

Co-editor, Technê Rhêtorikê: Techniques of Discourse for Writers and Speakers (formerly Writing Matters), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 2008-2010.

Non-academic

Contributing writer. Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture. Eds. Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky. New York: Faber and Faber. 2009.

Contributing writer, The Mac Web Server Book and The MacOS 8 Book, Ventana Media, Chapel Hill, NC, 1996, 1997.