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Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Assistant Professor

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Mike grew up with librarians’ books and an Atari 800 as his first computer. When he was young he brushed up against COBOL and Fortran and BASIC and Pascal and Lisp. He joined the Army and drove trucks and figured out he could get things done as a sergeant and then got out and used the GI Bill to fund his education. He competed for teaching assistant funding as a graduate student and found himself in front of a composition classroom. He realized he was a feminist and wrote a dissertation about digital technology and economic inequality. He got an academic job and deployed to OEF and helped the Afghans rebuild their systems of higher education, including promoting education for Afghan women. He got involved with veterans’ initiatives and then with intellectual property initiatives in his professional organization. He realized that he kept coming back to issues of economic inequality. And then he came back, again, to technology, and the economics of digital inequality in rhetoric and composition studies. Mike also likes cats.

Selected Work

“Open Access and the Economics of Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.” With Jessica Reyman. Rhetoric Review 37.2 (April 2018).

“Changing Definitions of Work and Class in the Information Economy.” With Edie- Marie Roper. In Pedagogy and the Working Class. Eds. Genesea Carter and Bill elin. Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press, 2017. 104–123.

“Unpacking the Universal Library: Digital Reading and the Recirculation of Economic Value.” Pedagogy 16.1 (Winter 2016). 137–152.

“Economies of Writing, Without the Economics: A Rhetorical Analysis of Composition’s Economic Discourse in JAC 32.3–4.” Rhetoric Review 33.3 (July 2014). 244–261.

“Digital Literacy Instruction in Afghanistan.” In Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies: Communication Modes and Digital Practices in the Networked World. Eds. Gustav Verhulsdonck and Marohang Limbu. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2014. 209–225.

Courses Taught

DTC 101: Introduction to Digital Technology and Culture
DTC 356: Information Structures
DTC 375: Language, Texts, and Technologies
DTC 476: Digital Literacies
ENGL 548: Seminar in Critical and Cultural Theory
ENGL 561: Seminar in Technology and Culture

Honors & Fellowships

Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Scholar Fellowship. Awarded by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. 2016–2017.

Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Grant. Awarded by the WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. 2015–2016.

English Graduate Student Organization Most Supportive Faculty Member Award. 2014–2015.

Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Summer Research Fellowship. Awarded by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences. 2013.

Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal. Awarded by Lieutenant General David Huntoon for superior service and achievement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, 2006–2012.

Kairos John Lovas Memorial Best Academic Weblog Award. 2012.

Commander’s Award for Excellence. Awarded by General David Petraeus, Commander, International Security Force (Afghanistan) for service as an Academic Advisor (English) to Afghanistan. 2011.