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Michael Harker

Associate Professor
Education

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2010

Specializations

History and Theory of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies

Biography

Michael Harker’s research and teaching interests include classical rhetoric, the history and theory of composition and literacy studies, and the history of higher education. He received his master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2005 and his doctoral degree from The Ohio State University in 2010. His current book The Lure of Literacy: A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate appeared in 2015 from SUNY Press. It analyzes notorious polemics in the “Great Debate” over freshman composition. His book demonstrates how arguments on all sides of the debate depend on ambiguous and contradictory attitudes about the purposes of freshman composition as well as exaggerated expectations of what it means to possess literacy. Michael Harker is Co-Director of The Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives (DALN), a publicly available research archive of literacy narratives for which Georgia State University is a Contributing Partner.

 

 

Publications

The Lure of Literacy:  A Critical Reception of the Compulsory Composition Debate.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press. January 2015.

“The Digital Literacy Narratives of DMAC: Coming to Terms with Constructed Contexts, Experiences, and Identities.” Co-authored with Matthew Sansbury.  Ball, DeWitt, DeVoss, Selfe, eds.  Computers and Composition Online. Forthcoming. Digital.

“The Success of This Course Depends Upon Your Participation: Technology, Topoi, and Infrastructure in the Era of MOOCs.” Co-authored with Mary Hocks. Banaji, Blankenship, DeLuca, Obermark, eds. The Rhetoric of Participation: Interrogating Commonplaces in and Beyond the Classroom. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. Forthcoming. Digital.

“The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: A Survey.” Co-authored with Kathryn B. Comer. Accepted and forthcoming in Computers and Composition: An International Journal.  Forthcoming. Summer 2014. Print.

“The Lure of Literacy: Revisiting ‘Romantics on Writing’ and the Compulsory Composition Debate.” Literacy in Composition Studies. Vol. 1 No. 2. October 2013. Digital.

Commonplace: A Citizen’s Guide to Persuasion for an Age That Desperately Needs One. With Scott Lloyd Dewitt and Aaron McKain. McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009. Digital.

“The Ethics of Argument: Rereading Kairos and Making Sense in a Timely Fashion.” College Composition and Communication. 59:1 September, 2007. (77-95). Print.

“Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Documentary.” With Aaron McKain and Cormac Slevin. Cindy Selfe, ed. Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Hampton Press, 2007. Digital.

“What’s at Stake?” Cindy Selfe, ed. Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Hampton Press, 2007. Digital.

 

Awards:

2014 Georgia State University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (Nominated)

2013 Georgia State University PAWS Research Sabbatical Upon successful completion of third-year review was awarded a teaching release for Spring 2014 to finalize The Lure of Literacy and begin work on my second book project.

2013 Georgia State University Digital Champions Fellowship – Awarded funds to pilot a hybridized version of honors first-year writing at Georgia State University. ($3,000)

2011 Hambidge Writers in Residence Fellowship – Received room and board to work on chapters of The Lure of Literacy.

2011 Georgia State University Research Initiation Grant – Awarded by Georgia State University to complete research for The Lure of Literacy. ($9,000)

2009 Departmental Dissertation Fellowship – Awarded by the Graduate Studies Committee of The Ohio State University Department of English.

2009 Kitty O. Locker Prize for Business Communication – Awarded for an outstanding graduate student conference presentation, publication, or dissertation in the field of business communication.

2009 CCCC Chair’s Memorial Scholarship – Awarded by the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication to acknowledge and honor former Chairs of CCCC who have passed away.

2009 Literacy Studies Service Award – Recognized for outstanding participation as a Co-Chair for Expanding Literacy Studies: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students.

 

Scholarly Presentations:

“The Success of This Course Depends Upon Your Participation: Technology, Topoi, and Infrastructure in the Era of MOOCs.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 21-24, 2014.  (Indianapolis)

“Documenting Stories that Speak to Us: Making Meaning with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Featured Roundtable Session with Cynthia Selfe, H. Lewis Ulman, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, and Kathryn Comer. November 8-10, 2013. (Atlanta)

“Towards an Interdisciplinary Vision for Freshman English: New Directions for the New Literacy Studies.” Social Science History Association. November 1-4, 2012.
(V ancouver)

“The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: Literacy Sponsorship in Action.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 21-24, 2012. (St. Louis)

“A Necessary Beginning: An Essay on Why Composition Needs Literacy Myths.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. April 6-9, 2011. (Atlanta)

“The New Work of First-Year Composition.” Expanding Literacy Studies: An Interdisciplinary, International Graduate Student Conference on Literacy Studies. Ohio State University. April 3-5, 2009 (Columbus)

“In This Spirit: Historicizing the Ebb and Flow of a Current and Traditional Complaint.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 11-14, 2009. (San Francisco)

“The Affordances of Being Nostalgic.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. University of Louisville. October16-18, 2008. (Louisville)

“The Lure of Literacy: Coping with Commitments to Practice and Disciplinary Unity.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. April 2-5, 2008 (New Orleans)

“OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum.” LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University. March 30, 2007. (Columbus)

“Reversing the Usual Vectors of Power: Examining Tactics and Strategies of Activist Rhetorics of Counter-Surveillance.” Popular Culture Association Conference. April 12- 16, 2006. (Atlanta)

“Kairos in Composition Studies” The Federation Rhetoric Symposium. Texas Woman’s College. February 2006. (Denton, TX)

“TAs Teaching Writing?” LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University. October 27, 2006. (Columbus)

“The Ethics of Argument: Rereading Kairos and Making Sense in a Timely Fashion.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 19-23, 2005. (San Francisco)

“Post-9/11 Panopticon: The New Public Utility.” Postmodernism Colloqium. University of Oklahoma. April 23, 2005. (Norman)

“The Hospitality of Biometrics: Scanning Marketing Strategies for the Body.” Popular Culture Association Conference. April 7-10, 2004. (San Antonio)