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Derek Van Ittersum

Associate Professor,
Coordinator of Digital Composition
Derek Van Ittersum's research explores the relationships between people and writing technologies, with an emphasis on rhetorical practices and innovations. In particular, his work traces the reciprocal development of new writing techniques and new writing technologies. His current work-in-progress involves studying the ways people develop and share their situated knowledge of rhetorical computing. This work influences his teaching as well by searching for ways to combine rhetorical and technological learning outcomes.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

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“Craft and Narrative in DIY Instructions.” Technical Communication Quarterly, 23:3 (2014): 227–46. [HTML]

“Composing Text / Shaping Process: How Digital Environments Mediate Writing Activity.” With Kory Lawson Ching. Computers and Composition Online Fall 2013. [HTML]

“Writing With(out) Pain: Computing Injuries and the Role of the Body in Writing Activity.” With Kim Hensley Owens. Computers and Composition, 30:2 (2013): 87-100. [HTML]

"Augmenting Literacy: The Role of Expertise in Digital Writing." Composition Studies, 39:2 (2011): 61-78. [HTML]

"Distributing Memory: Rhetorical Work in Digital Environments." Technical Communication Quarterly, 18:3 (2009): 259-280. [HTML]

"Computing Attachments: Engelbart's Controversial Writing Technology." Computers and Composition 25 (2008): 143-164. [HTML]

"Data-Palace: Modern Memory Work in Digital Environments." Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy 11.3 (2007).

"Re-Situating and Re-Mediating the Canons: A Cultural-Historical Remapping of Rhetorical Activity." With Paul Prior, Janine Solberg, Patrick Berry, Hannah Bellwoar, Bill Chewning, Karen J. Lunsford, Liz Rohan, Kevin Roozen, Mary P. Sheridan-Rabideau, Jody Shipka, and Joyce R. Walker. Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy 11.3 (2007). | Recipient of the Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award

Research Areas
  • History of Writing Technologies
  • Adoption of Writing Technologies
  • Impact of Computer Expertise on Writing
  • Role of the Body in Writing
Derek Van Ittersum
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-1755
Spring 2015
  • HONR 10297 - 007 Freshman Honors Colloquium Ii
  • ENG 85041 - 001 Field Research Methods
  • ENG 89299 - 005 Dissertation Ii
Summer 2015
  • ENG 89299 - 017 Dissertation Ii
Fall 2015
  • ENG 20002 - 001 Intro To Technical Writing
  • ENG 30050 - 001 Writing In A Digital Age