About Jen Michaels, PhD Candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy + Digital Media Studies at The Ohio State University

Hi there! I’m Jen Michaels, a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy and Digital Media Studies at The Ohio State University. My research explores how social media and other online technologies can support print, digital, and multimodal composing tasks.

My dissertation project examines how composition scholars use online social media to support routine scholarly composing tasks. I use the project’s findings to suggest ways that social media could be used to teach undergraduate and graduate composition courses in collegiate settings.

My research is motivated by a passion for composition teaching. I fell in love with teaching while completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan, then spent 3 years as a full-time lecturer at The Sweetland Center for Writing before matriculating at Ohio State. I was honored to receive a 2013 Graduate Associate Teaching Award, which is The Ohio State University’s highest recognition for outstanding graduate teaching.

I’ll be on the academic job market in Fall 2015, and I plan defend my dissertation in Spring 2016. To learn more about my professional activities, please check out my CV, my Twitter account @JenLMichaels, and my blog.

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