Strantz CV

Adam Strantz  //  //  @adamstrantz

Department of English 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47906


Doctor of Philosophy in English (Expected May 2016)

Purdue University

Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition

Secondary Areas: Professional Writing

                               Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing

Dissertation: “Wayfinding Localized Research Practices through Mobile Technology”

Committee: Michael Salvo (chair), Patricia Sullivan, Jenny Bay, Samantha Blackmon


Master of Arts in English, August 2011

Purdue University

Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition

Thesis: “Rhetorical Wayfinding: Towards a Student-Centered Internet Research Praxis”

Committee: Patricia Sullivan (chair), Thomas Rickert, Michael Salvo


Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, May 2008

Purdue University

Minor in Computer and Information Technology

Minor in History




Strantz, Adam. “Wayfinding in Global Contexts—Mapping Localized Research Practices with Mobile Devices”

Computers and Composition 32.3 December 2015 (forthcoming).


Strantz, Adam. “Globalizing Technical Communication Research through Digital Mapping”

SIGDOC (conference proceedings) September 2015.


Salvo, Michael, and Adam Strantz. “Wayfinding Big Data in Technical Communication”

Intercom. Volume 62, issue 3. March 2015.


Strantz, Adam, and Cody Reimer. “Crowdsourced Dataveillance: Reddit, Doxxing, Viral Communication, and the Boston Bomber Manhunt.”

Itineration. ISSN 2169-561X May 2014.

Strantz, Adam. “Tomato, Tom(ah)to; Let’s Call the Whole Thing ‘Core’: Moving Beyond Theories and Practices of Hardcore and Casual Games and Gamers”

Games, Learning, and Society 8.0 (conference Proceedings) November 2012.


Editorially reviewed

Salvo, Michael, and Adam Strantz. “Interview with Maxine Dodds”

Kairos 19.1 Fall 2014.


Legg, Emily, and Adam Strantz. “Where Composition Goes to Work: A Digital Archive of the Public Face of 4Cs”

Pearson Project Emerging Pedagogies Research and Travel Grant. 2013.



Digital Rhetoric Presentations

“Presumed Ubiquity & Tangible Networks: The Materiality of TechnoRhetorical Work”

Computers and Writing, Madison Wisconsin-Stout. 2015.


“Flexible Fixity: Avenues for Change Through Hidden Networks and Locality”

Computers and Writing, Washington State University. 2014.


“Augmented Reality, augmented writing: Student-mapped Research with AR”

Computers and Writing, Frostburg State University. 2013.


“Cloud Composition: Collaborative Writing and Research with Mobile Devices”

Networked Humanities, University of Kentucky. 2013.


“The TOWN Project: Student-Driven Collaborative Learning through Social Media”

CCCC Computer Connection, St. Louis, MO. 2012.


“Working Towards a Student-Centered Internet Research Ethics”

CCCC, Atlanta, GA. 2011.


Professional and Technical Communication Presentations

Round Table on Experience Architecture as Technical and Scientific Communication

CPTSC (moderator), Utah State University. 2015.


“Globalizing Technical Communication Research through Digital Mapping”

SIGDOC (international conference), Limerick, Ireland. 2015.


“Mobile Student Work Practices in the Study Abroad Class”

ATTW, Tampa, FL (Poster Presentation). 2015.


“Placemaking” with Mobile Tools in Study Abroad

CPTSC, Colorado State University. 2014.


“Humangineering: Bridging Disciplinary Gaps through Collaborative Technology”

ATTW, St. Louis, MO. 2012.


Game Studies Presentations

“Press X to Teach: Games as Means and Methodology in the Composition Classroom” (Workshop) with – Samantha Blackmon and Emily Legg

Computers and Writing, Frostburg State University. 2013.


“Social Upheaval, Mass Hysteria, and Blurring Barriers: When MMOs Go Free-To-Play”

Games, Learning, and Society, University of Wisconsin.

“Professional Writing in the Field: Mobile Technology and Student Research”

Computers and Writing, North Carolina State University. 2012.


“Scribblenauts: Invention and Discovery in a Game Discourse Community”

Computers & Writing, Purdue University. 2010.


Invited Talks

“Not all those who wander are lost: Wayfinding and Localized Knowledges”

Invited by SIGDOC chair Dr. Liza Potts

Ignite-Talk at SIGDOC in Limerick, Ireland. 2015.


“Research Methods with Mobile Technology”

Invited by Dr. Patricia Sullivan

Graduate Seminar Professional Writing Theory. 2014.


“Using Mobile Technology in the Writing Classroom”

Invited by Dr. Michael Salvo

Graduate Seminar Computers in Language and Rhetoric. 2013.


Teaching Experience

Graduate Courses in Rhetoric and Composition – Instructor

“Teaching with technology” ENGL 505t Fall 2012 – Spring 2014 (4 sections)

As a component of the year-long course mentoring new graduate students on

how to teach introductory composition, the technology mentor teaches a

companion course on using technology in the classroom. I taught each of the

five mentor groups (of eight graduate students) weekly on how to incorporate technology into assignments, discussions, and classroom practices. These topics included visual rhetoric and new media theory, photo manipulation, audio/video

tools, writing with mobile devices, web design, social media, and game theory.


Professional and Technical Writing – Instructor

“Introduction to Professional Writing” ENGL 306 Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 (2 sections)

This course is the theoretical introduction to the Professional Writing major

for undergraduates. Students learn the history of professional/technical

communication, study rhetoric and ethics, and explore what it means to be a

professional writer. My version of the course included projects on current topics

in the field such as fair use, new media, ethics, and technology; using big data and

job listings to categorize the field; and conducting a workplace study and

interview with a current professional/technical writer.


“Technical Writing” ENGL 421 Spring 2013, Spring 2015 (2 sections)

In this course technology, engineering, and sciences students (primarily) learn

the basics of technical writing for use in their future workplaces. My students

studied rhetorical theory, ethics, and the history of technical communication.

Projects focused on creating documents at a professional level and included

technical descriptions, memos, instruction sets, and a workplace site study.


“Business Writing” ENGL 420 Fall 2012 (1 section)

Course for management, engineering, and sciences students. Students create

writing projects focused on workplace communication. Major projects include

resumes and other job documents, proposals, reports, white papers, memos,

and elevator pitches.


Rhetoric and Digital Writing – Instructor

“Multimedia Writing” ENGL 419 Fall 2014, Fall 2015 (2 sections)

Interdisciplinary course consisting of computer graphics, computer science, and

professional writing majors. The course broadly covers writing with multimedia

and new media, and I designed a “Writing with Mobile Technology” focused

course that tasked students with composing with mobile devices. Students

examined networked writing practices, created data visualizations, and

programmed their own mobile applications for research and usability testing.


Online Professional and Technical Writing – Instructor

“Technical Writing Online” ENGL 421y Fall 2014 – Fall 2015 (3 sections)

Distance education version of the Technical Writing course. As the instructor I

made pedagogical videos and guides, led online discussion blogs, and kept in

consistent email communication with the students to encourage participation

and engagement with the course.


“Business Writing Online” ENGL 420y Summer 2015 (1 section)

Distance education version of the Business Writing course. As the instructor I

worked closely with students to help them create job documents, instructional  materials, and proposals for use within the context of their workplace or field.


Introductory Composition – Instructor

“Digital Rhetorics” ENGL 106 Fall 2010 – Spring 2012 (4 sections)

This syllabus approach focuses on digital rhetoric and the current ways that

students are composing, including technology, access, literacies, game/play

theory, and copyright/open-source issues. In my version of the course students

studied new media and digital production to create user-focused writing

projects. Students created video essays, public service proposals, digital archive

websites, writing wikis, infographics, and video game rhetorical analysis projects.

“Rhetorical Situations/Real Texts” ENGL 106 Fall 2009 – Spring 2010 (2 sections)

In RS/RT my students focused on genres, analyzing texts, and composing

through rhetorical appeals to logos, pathos, and ethos. Students worked on

rhetorical analysis papers, proposals, evaluations, narratives, rebuttals,

portfolios, and research papers.


Graduate Student Workshops – Discussion Leader

Professional Writing Preparatory Workshops

Fall 2013: Types of Projects Produced in Professional Writing Classes

Fall 2013: New Professional Writing Instructor Technology Overview


Purdue Writing Lab Brown Bag Workshops

Spring 2012: Teaching Web Design in Introductory Composition

Spring 2012: Creating Digital Portfolios as Graduate Students


Technical Expertise


Standards-based web design including HTML, CSS, and XML

Programming including Javascript, jQuery, and PHP

Mobile Development with Java, jQuery Mobile, and Android Developer Studio

Geotagging and Mapping using GPS, Open Street Maps, and Google Maps

Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)

Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Indesign)

Content Management Systems Administration (Drupal, WordPress)


Introduced new instructors to these technologies as a technology mentor:

Teaching in a computer lab

Plagiarism Concerns and Technology

Electronic Research and Documentation

Visual Rhetoric and Visual Literacy Introduction to Adobe InDesign

Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Working with Photoshop

Making Videos: iMovie and WMM

Recording Audio

Creating/Assessing Multimedia Assignments

Infographics and Data Visualization

Creating Digital Portfolios

Composing with Mobile Devices

Composing with Twitter

Intro to Game Theory

ESL and Technology


 Professional Experience

Grant-funded projects

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant – $3,200 awarded (Summer 2014)

Participated in a summer study abroad program to the University of Abertay in

Dundee, Scotland. Collected data for my dissertation through conducting an

IRB-approved study of student mobile use while on a study abroad trip.


 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant: Purdue OWL project group (Fall 2011 – Spring 2013)

Worked with a team of professors, graduate students, and professional web

developers to create a digital platform aimed at helping high school, at-risk, and

returning students transition to college writing. Developed content with the

Purdue Online Writing Lab, and integrated ideas of gamification and play into the

design of the platform.


Pearson Emerging Pedagogies Research and Travel Grant – $700 awarded (CCCCs Las Vegas 2013)

Used Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to collect pictures, experiences, and

other artifacts from CCCCs attendees to chronicle the public work academics do

while at conferences. Project was later collected into a webtext and published

on the Pearson website.


Industry Experience

Medical Writer (Fall 2008 -Spring 2009)

Dungarvin Assisted Living Facility, South Bend IN

Compiled patient observations from staff into weekly narrative reports on

health and well-being. In charge of obtaining and maintaining records on

patient medications, their side-effects, and safety instructions for administering



Administrative Assistant Intern (Summer 2008)

Moody’s KMV, South Bend IN

Compiled expense reports, worked with databases and Microsoft Access to

organize company data, and compiled software for shipping to overseas clients.


Web Development

Purdue Professional Writing Website Designer (2015 – current)


Introductory Composition at Purdue Departmental Website Consultant (2014 – current)


Professional Writing Program server administrator, Drupal course site developer, and program web designer (2013 – current)


Tippecanoe County Historical Association Digital Content Developer (2008)


Academic and Administrative Appointments

Assistant Director of Technology, Professional Writing Program (Summer 2013 – Current)

Maintained department server, Drupal course websites, and professional web presence. Worked with new and continuing professional writing graduate students and continuing lecturers on including technology, new media, and digital rhetoric in their courses.


Instructional Multimedia Preparation Lab Coordinator (Fall 2013 – Current)

Supervised use of the department’s multimedia lab for graduate and

undergraduate students, tasked with redesigning and updating the room for

both classroom and long-term project use by graduate instructors.


Introductory Composition at Purdue Technology Mentor (Fall 2012 – Spring 2014)

Mentored new composition graduate instructors in using technology in their

classrooms, integrating multimedia and new media into their class projects, and

using computer labs on campus effectively.


Professional Writing/Writing Lab Liaison (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)

Facilitated a year-long project of collaboration between the writing lab and

professional writing program to create a mobile-based version of the online

writing lab for Phone and Tablet users. Designed and built the mobile version of

the site alongside online writing lab coordinator.


Co-Creator ENGL 106 Syllabus Approach: Digital Rhetorics (Spring 2011)

Designed and piloted a version of the introductory composition class that

focused on the use of writing in digital spaces, with multimedia, and through

exploration of digital “self” online. After pilot test the syllabus approach has

since become one of the seven approaches to teaching introductory

composition that instructors can choose to follow.




SIGDOC Executive Committee – SIGDOC/CPTSC liaison (Summer 2015 – current)

Coordinated joint SIGDOC-CPTSC projects as a member of the committee and

worked as a contact point between the presidents of the two organizations.


ATTW – Social Media Coordinator (spring 2015)

Created a Twitter archive, tweeted during the conference, and created a Storify

highlighting the conference poster sessions found at:


4C4Equality – Social Media Coordinator (spring 2015)

Operated twitter account and organized events for the activist group promoting

marriage equality and social action through the CCCCs conference.



ICAP Technology Goals, Means, and Outcomes committee (Spring 2014)

Led team in developing and writing updated guidelines for technology use for

all new graduate student instructors in the composition program.


Introductory Composition at Purdue Mentoring Committee: (Fall 2012 – Spring 2014)

Met with the director of introductory composition and other mentors to discuss

our teaching of the 505 class for new graduate instructors, created materials

and shared ideas on making mentoring more effective.


Pedagogical Initiatives Committee: Syllabus Approach Web Master (Fall 2010 – Spring 2012)

Kept the digital rhetorics syllabus approach website up-to-date with projects

and student examples for instructors to use in teaching.


Graduate Student English Association: Undergraduate Studies Committee (Fall 2010 – Spring 2011)

Discussed changes to undergraduate curriculum as the graduate student

government member of the committee.


University – Interdisciplinary

Rhea Writer-in-Residence: Fall 2011

Worked with the Purdue School of Engineering on a website designed to

integrate writing, collaborative software, and social media into engineering



Honors and Awards

Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of English: 2013-2014
Highest departmental teaching award for graduate instructors

Empirical Research Awards, Rhetoric and Composition Program: Spring 2013

Most polished presentation, best poster, and people’s choice

Introductory Composition at Purdue Quintilian Award for Teaching: 2012, 2011

Crouse Scholarship in Professional Writing/Writing Lab Collaboration: Fall 2011



Rhetoric and Composition

Introduction to Composition Theory (Samantha Blackmon)

Teaching First Year Composition (Richard Johnson-Sheehan)

Issues in Composition: Classical Period to the Renaissance (Thomas Rickert)

Issues in Composition: Modern Period (Patricia Sullivan)

Issues in Composition: Postmodernism (Jennifer Bay)

Empirical Research in Writing (Patricia Sullivan)

Hutton Lectures in Rhetoric and Composition (multiple)

Rhetoric and Posthumanism (Thomas Rickert)

Writing Center Theory (Linda Bergmann)


Professional/Technical Writing

Professional Writing Theory (Michael Salvo)

Professional Writing Practicum (Michael Salvo)

Rhetoric and Ethics (Michael Salvo)



Digital Writing and Technology

Visual Rhetoric (Michael Salvo)

New Media Studio (Samantha Blackmon)

Writing in Virtual Worlds (Samantha Blackmon)

Computers, Language, and Rhetoric (Samantha Blackmon)

Minority Rhetorics (Samantha Blackmon)


Professional Affiliations

Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC)

Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC)

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)



Dr. Michael Salvo;; 765-494-3772

Dr. Patricia Sullivan;; 765-427-5978 (cell)

Dr. Jennifer Bay;; 765-496-2205

Dr. Samantha Blackmon;; 765-430-8131 (cell)