Category: 15) Writing With Video

This chapter traces the pedagogical and theoretical development of Writing with Video, a new advanced composition course at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout this discussion, the authors seek to underscore the importance of the institutional and infrastructural partnerships that were created between the Department of Art and Design and the Center for Writing Studies in realizing the Writing with Video initiative. While much of the scholarship on teaching composition with new media focuses on specific pedagogical implementations, the authors believe that this chapter introduces a new direction in the discussion—the necessity of forging interdisciplinary relationships with colleagues who have an expertise in the visual.



Katherine E. Gossett was the Teaching with Technology Award recipient in 2009. She is currently the assistant professor of rhetoric and new media at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She received her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a focus in writing studies. Her research interests include the canon of memory, medieval and visual rhetoric, technology and identity, and multimedia texts, literacies, and pedagogies.


Carrie A. Lamanna is the assistant professor at Colorado State University. She received her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a concentration in writing studies.


Maria Lovett is currently a visiting assistant professor at Florida International University. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in educational policy. She has an impressive interest in community service programs as well. Her media production experience includes producing, directing, editing, and camera for feature and short documentaries, music and promotional videos, and video installations.


James P. Purdy is the assistant director of the writers’ workshop and assistant to the director of the Center for Writing Studies. He is a PhD candidate in the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has taught composition in the rhetoric and academic writing programs. He also serves as associate editor of Computers and Composition. His dissertation focuses on digital archive technologies and the insights they can provide about writing and design.

Joseph Squier


Joseph Squier received a BS from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in psychology and a MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently an instructor at University of Illinois for Writing and Video, Artists and Computers, and the New Media graduate program. He initiated U of I’s Writing and Film program, which has students look at video as a rhetorical device. A recipient of many educators awards including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Fellowship, an award recognizing a commitment to both scholarship and research.

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