Douglas M. Walls

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Biography

Douglas M. Walls’ research interest is in digital rhetorics and user experience (UX) particularly in social networks and social justice contexts. His work has appeared in both traditional and new media forms in Computers and CompositionKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication as well as various edited collections. Recently, his article entitled “Access(ing) the Coordination of Writing Networks” received Honorable Recognition for the 2016 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies.  

Teaching and Research Interests

Areas of proficiency: digital rhetoric; technical communication; new media; 21st century literacies and pedagogies; information and user experience design. 

Publications

Editing

Walls, D. M., & Vie, S. (Eds.). (2017). Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies. Perspectives on Writing. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado. 

Vie, S. & Walls, D. M. (Eds.). (2015). Because Facebook: Digital rhetoric/social media. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 19(3).

articles / book chapters / webtexts

Walls, D. M. (2017). Visualizing Boutique data in egocentric networks. In Walls, D. M., & Vie, S. (Eds.), Social Writing/Social Media: Pedagogy, presentation, and publics. (145- 163) Boulder, CO: WAC Clearinghouse – University Press of Colorado.

Walls, D. M., Garcia, D. M., & Van Schaik, Amy. (2017). Designing Digital Activism: Rhetorical Tool as Agent of Social Change. In L. Potts & M. J. Salvo (Eds.), Rhetoric and Experience Architecture (pp. 291–303). Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.

Walls, D. M. (2017). The Professional Work of “Unprofessional” Tweets: Microblogging Career Situations in African American Hush Harbors. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 1050651917713195.

Walls, D., & Wolcott, L. (2016). The Infrastructure of space: Expanding writing classroom activity into the extracurriculum. In DeVoss, D. N., & Purdy, J. (Eds.), Making space: Writing instruction, infrastructure, and multiliteracies. (n. page). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. Web.

Walls, D. (2015). In/Between programs: forging a curriculum between Rhetoric and Digital Humanities. In W. Hart-Davidson & J. Ridolfo (Eds.), Rhetoric and the digital humanities (pp. 210-223). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Walls, D. M. (2015). Access(ing) the coordination of writing networks. Computers and Composition, 38, Part A, 68–78. Wi. Winner of Honorable Recognition for the 2015 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition studies.

Ridolfo, J., Rife, M. C., Diehl, A., Grabill, J. T., Walls, D., & Pigg, S. (2011). Stories of collaboration and graduate student professionalization in a digital humanities research center. In L. McGrath (Ed.), Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies (pp. 113–140). Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press: Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Walls, D. M., Schopieray, S., & DeVoss, D. N. (2009). Hacking spaces: Place as interface. Computers and Composition, 26(4), 269–287.

Walls, D. (2008). An “A” word production: Authentic design. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 13(1), Web. Winner Kairos: Best Scholarship/Research Kairos (Graduate Student and Adjunct). 

Reviewed and published conference proceedings

Walls, D. M. (2016). User Experience in Social Justice Contexts. In Proceedings of the Douglas Walls | CV 3 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication (p. 9:1–9:6). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2987592.2987604

Larson, B., Hart-Davidson, W., Walker, K. C., Walls, D. M., & Omizo, R. (2016). Use What You Choose: Applying Computational Methods to Genre Studies in Technical Communication. In Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication (p. 8:1–8:8). New York, NY, USA: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/2987592.2987603

Walls, D. (2007). Distributed Value System Matrix: A New Use for Distributed Usability Testing. In Proceedings of the 25th Annual ACM International Conference on Design of Communication (pp. 256–262). New Yor

Presentations

Potts, L., Salvo, M., Geisler, C. Sullivan, P., Sano-Franchini, J., & Walls, D. (2017, March) Experience architecture: one possible futures for scholarship & curriculum. Presented at Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) conference, Portland, OR. 

Walls, D. M. (2016, October). User experience in social justice contexts. Presented at The 34th annual ACM international Conference on Design of Communication. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA: ACM.

Omizo, R., Hart-Davidson, W., Larson, B., Walls, D., & Walker, K. (2016, October). “Use what you choose”: Applying computational methods to genre studies in technical communication and web application development. Presented at The 34th annual ACM international Conference on Design of Communication. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA: ACM.

Walls, D. M. (2016, May). From Methods to Resistance: Digital Writing Scholars Crossing into Digital Humanities Classrooms. Presented at the Computers & Writing Conference, Rochester, NY.

Walls, D. (2016, May). From cynicism to kynicism: Moving bodies and engendering change. Presented at The 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Walls, D. M. (2015, March). Digital Humanities and the undergraduate mission: Articulating composition and rhetoric’s value. Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL.

Walls, D. M. (2015, October). Not exactly agile: Slow user experience development as critical practice. Presented at the Conference on Community Writing, Boulder, CO.

Walls, D. M. (2014, June). In/Between programs: Forging a curriculum between Rhetoric and Digital Humanities. Presented at the Computers and Writing Conference, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Walls, D. M. (2014, June). Pedagogical underpinnings for designing digital activism: Digital Rhetoric, Digital Humanities, and beyond. Presentation presented at the Computers and Writing Conference, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Walls, D. M., & Wolcott, L. (2014, June). Making spaces: Architexture, infrastructure, and the rhetoric of design. Presentation presented at the Computers and Writing Conference, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Reviewed by the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative.

Education

  • PhD in Digital Rhetoric & Professional Writing from Michigan State University, 2011
  • MA in English-Writing from University of Nevada, 2006
  • MA in Speech/Communication from University of Nevada, 2002
  • BA in Theatre, Speech/Communication from University of Nevada, 1999