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 Purdue University: W. Lafayette, IN

  • PhD: Rhetoric and Composition; 2003
    • Primary Area: Rhetoric & Composition
    • Secondary Area: Cultural Studies
    • Dissertation: “Sports, Power and the Black Body”; visual rhetoric of configurations of black masculinity that create and sustain privilege.
    • Committee: Irwin Weiser (Chair), Janice Lauer, Samantha Blackmon, Shirley Rose
    • Purdue University: Graduate Opportunities Fellowship
  • M.A. English; 2001
    • Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition: cultural theory, race, and rhetoric.

University of Detroit: Detroit, MI

  • B.A. English; 1993

Teaching Experience

Macomb Community College: Instructor, English 2007 – 2009; Professor of English, 2009 – present

  • Communications I: Fall 2007 – present
  • Communications II: Fall 2007 – present

Michigan State University: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Writing Rhetoric and American Culture: 2005-2007;

  • “Major Topics in American Thought.” Fall 2006: WRA 195 Honors.
  • “Technical Writing.” Fall 2005-2007: WRA 320.
  • “Evolution of American Thought.” Spring 2005-2007
  • “Racial and Ethnic Experience.” Fall 2005: WRA 125
  • “Multimedia Writing.” Winter 2006: WRA 417
  • “Portfolio Seminar” Winter 2006: WRA 455

University of Detroit Mercy: Assistant Professor of English: 2000-2005; Instructor, Department of English: 1998-2000;

  • “African American Literature.” 1998-2005: English 285.
  • “The Black Body.” Fall 2001, Fall 2003: English 462.
  • “College Writing.” 1998-2005: English 131.
  • “Introduction to Media Studies.” Winter 2002: English 280.
  • “Information Design and Critique.” Winter 1999: English 491.
  • “Diversity Fiction.” Summer 1999: English 236.
  • “Advanced Composition: Writing Across the Curriculum” Summer 1998: English 202.
  • “Introduction to Basic Writing.” Fall, Winter 1998: English 130.

Purdue University: Graduate Assistant, 1993-1996

  • “Introduction to College Writing and Computers.” Fall, Winter 1996: English 102c.
  • “Introduction to College Writing.” Fall, Winter 1993-1995: English 102.

Program Development

University of Detroit Mercy:

  • “Transitions and Prologues”; co-director, 1998-2005.
    • Design, staffing, and management of first-year students’ orientation to disciplinarity, critical thinking. National JASPA award for integrating critical thinking into first-year orientation.
    • African American Studies Committee, 1999-2005
      • Definition and approval of an African-American Studies Certificate
    • English Department Curriculum Revision, 2000-2002.
      • Transition from periods/nations model to critical methods model with writing track and creative writing track.
    • 1999-2001: Outreach curriculum and pedagogy for creation of Grosse Pointe Community School, a collaboration between UDM and an emerging experimental secondary school.
      • Planning for university faculty focusing on politics of information control at Grosse Pointe Community School.
    • Director of African American Studies, 2003-2004.
      • Program design; course approvals; speakers; budgeting.
    • Course design, proposal, and implementation of English 462, “The Black Body” for Department of English, 2000.
      • Cultural studies course serving mission and students of university while modeling a cultural studies approach to traditional and digital texts by adapting methods of the dissertation to upper-level curricula.
    • Ad hoc committee for the creation of the Degree in Electronic Critique, 1998-2000.
      • Cultural studies approach to electronic technologies, the culture of information, and critique. Extension of dissertation methodology to the curriculum of a new, interdisciplinary department.

Digital Citizenship: extensions of digital critique to local settings

Grosse Pointe Community School: 1999 – 2001

  • Community School Formation: advised the Grosse Pointe Public Schools’s “Discipline Committee” to identify underperforming cohort of students at the Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Proposal to extend the cultural studies approach of new digital student department at UDM accepted as conceptual keystone. Re-configured ENGL 491 to needs of high school.

 Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program: 2000 – 2011

Critical thinking skills and writing for Detroit-area high school students planning to attend engineering school.

  • Project-based classes for identifying representational strategies in digital media, and then critiquing them in student-created digital publications, web sites, and blogs.

UNITE: 2000-2004

Writing and critical thinking skills for Detroit middle school students considering a university education. 2000-2004.

  • Introductory composition, digital literacy (critical thinking and technical mastery)
  • Textbook development: stages of critical thinking culminating in focus on personalization, online identity, and control systems

 Macomb Community College: 2011 – present

  • Legal and union engagement with surveillance, privacy, and information access policies of Macomb Community College

Textbook Preparation: 2010 – 2015

  • Development and publication of custom-print textbook focused on critical thinking processes, and concluding with strategies for the critique of algorithmic culture.

Re-think: 2011 – present

Identifying, organizing, and coordinating educators to think about digital redlining, privacy, surveillance, personalization, and big data in the context of K-12 education. Preparatory activity for faculty development work. Among the approximately 25 participants include:

  • Leaders of county-wide Intermediate School District IT programs
  • Former chairs of departments from two universities
  • Principal of alternative high school
  • Director of regional writing program
  • Attorneys in Michigan and Arizona


Digital Pedagogy Lab Advisory Board

Virtually Connecting ( Advisory Board

Indie Ed-Tech Steering Committee

Technology Advisory Committee, Macomb College. September 2015-Present

Panelist for “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property”, University of Detroit Mercy, September 2003.

Reader for Dudley Randall Poetry contest, University of Detroit Mercy. 2000-2005.

Academic Explorations, University of Detroit Mercy: mentoring students who are in the midst of choosing an undergraduate major. 1999-2000.

Ex officio member, University of Detroit Mercy Department of English Hiring Committee, 1999.

Outside reader for Post Identity, national, peer-reviewed journal. 1998-2005.

Faculty Advisor to [SIC], undergraduate literary journal. 1998-2005.

Conference papers/Public Scholarship/Publications

New Information Technologies and Effects on Racial Equality, An expert group meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Invited expert. UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA 17 October, 2019.

“Digital Redlining.” Featured Session, EDUCAUSE. Chicago, IL 16 October, 2019.

Please Do Not Include Us. Workshop invited participant. Harvard Kennedy School. Cambridge, MA, 25 September, 2019.

Pedagogy Consultant, Bright Institute. Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 7-9 August, 2019.

“Click Here if You Agree: Opting Out of Oppressive Systems” Keynote. Computers and Writing 2019. Michigan State University, Lansing MI, 20 June, 2019.

“Back to the Future: The Mothership or The DeLorean? Keynote with sava saheli singh. Domains 2019 Conference, Durham, NC, 10 June, 2019.

About Face: The Changing Landscape of Facial Recognition. Panelist. Northeastern Law Center for Law, Creativity, and Innovation. Boston, MA, 10 May, 2019.

Privacy’s Not an Abstraction” Fast Company. 25 March, 2019.

“Datafication and Community Activism.” Workshop. Invited participant. University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, 8-10 March, 2019.

“Digital Redlining, Privacy, and Access” Invited Lecture, Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, MI, 6 February, 2019.

Bad Algorithms are Making Racist Decisions.” Spark, Interview with Nora Young, CBC Radio. 2 November, 2018.

“Digital Redlining: Ensuring Access in the Digital Age.” Keynote. WCET Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 23 October, 2018.

Friction-Free Racism.” Reallife Magazine. 15, October, 2018.

“Interrogating Access: Privacy, Equity and Open Education.” Keynote. Michigan OER Summit, St. Clair Community College, 21 September, 2018.

National Web Privacy Forum, Invited Participant. Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, September 12-14, 2018.

“Access, Privacy, and Practice” with Bill Fitzgerald. Digital Pedagogy Lab, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 2018.

“The New Pythagoreans” with Hugh Culik. b2o: an online journal. 30, July, 2018.

“Tech Exclusion: Access in the Age of Open.” Keynote. Lansing Community College Open Educational Resources Summit, 9 May, 2018.

“How Ed Tech is Exploiting Students.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 April, 2018.

“There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia.” with David Golumbia. Motherboard, Vice Magazine. 9 March, 2018.

“Against Complicity: Surveillance, Education, and Digital Redlining.” Invited Lecture. Muhlenberg Center for Ethics, Muhlenberg College, 1 March, 2018.

“From Redlining to Digital Redlining.” Keynote. OU Academic Tech Expo. University of Oklahoma, 12 January, 2018.

Faculty Learning Committee on Course-Based Analytics. Invited speaker. Michigan State University, 7 December, 2017.

“Praxis, Privacy, and Care in Digital Pedagogies.” Keynote with Maha Bali. Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, 11 August, 2017.

“Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms.” EDUCAUSE Review, 52, no.4 July/August 2017.

“Community College Summit.” Panelist. OLC Innovate, New Orleans. 5 April, 2017.

“Against Complicity: Surveillance, Education, and Digital Redlining.” UNLV Forum Lecture. University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, 16 March 2017.

“Digital Redlining.” Lecture. California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, 14 March, 2017.

“Undesign the Redline.” Panelist. Smith College, Northampton, 16 February, 2017.

“Student Voices: Digital Redlining and Privacy.” Educon 2.9, Philadelphia, 29 January, 2017.

Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Labs, Cambridge, 8-9 November, 2016

“Challenging Innovation.” Boston University Digital Learning Initiative (Lecture Series): Boston, 7 November 2016.

“Buying into Eli Review: Social Contracts between the Company, Your Course, and Your Students” MWCA, 21 October 2016

“Innovating Higher Education.” SXSWedu (Personalizing Learning & Student Success Summit): Austin, 16 March 2016.

Panel Moderator for “Far Sighted.” Theorizing the Web: NYC, 15 April 2016.

“Digital Redlining, Access, and Privacy.” Common Sense. 24 May 2016

“The Politics of Academic IT Policy: From Redlining to Digital Redlining.” OLC Innovate 2016: New Orleans, 13 April 2016.

“From Redlining to Digital Redlining.” Lightning Talk (featured speaker), OLC Innovate 2016: New Orleans, 13 April 2016.

 “Emancipation and Acceptable Use: Administrative Policies and Digital Redlining in HigherEducation.” Digital Learning Research Network (DLRN-2015): Stanford University, 16 October 2015.

“Foundation Strategies for Preserving Class: digital redlining as a multi-directional filter.” Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice: Southfield, MI; 25 September 2015.

“The Modes as Critical Tropes.” Conference of College Composition and Communication (4Cs): Las Vegas, 16 March 2013.

“I Saw That Dream Turn into a Nightmare: Tracy McGrady and the Iconography of Lynching.” City University of New York Conference on Black Masculinity. February 2005.

“Examining Ideologies of Race and Power in the Classroom: Nostalgia and Popular Film.” East Stroudsburg University Conference on Cultural Studies. October 2004.

“Race, Pedagogy, and Masculinity: Black Hypervisibility in Mass Media.” University of Detroit Mercy Symposium on Black Masculinities. November 2000.

“Forms of Visibility.” Panel moderator for Contemporary Issues in Black Masculinity. University of Detroit Mercy Symposium on Black Masculinities. November 2000.

“Hate Speech in the Classroom.” National Council of Teachers of English. Detroit, Michigan, November 1997.