MemberAnnie Laurie Nichols

Annie Laurie Nichols (they/them) worked as a graphic designer for over a decade before adventuring to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach English and business management for four years. After returning to the USA, they studied communication theory at University of Maryland, researching how people form communities and create connections with each other across difference. Now an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Vincent College, Annie Laurie’s primary research areas are in visual communication, digital culture, and rhetorical theory. When not reading, they can be found making art, cooking and eating strange foods, and designing board games.

MemberCraig Eby

I’m the CTO for Cogniva Information Solutions. I’m currently responsible for ensuring the implementation of our vision for our flagship software product C3, along with our business modelling methodology. We have built a quality research network supporting this effort, including professors and graduate students from a number of disciplines, culminating in the creation of the Cogniva Information Research Institute (

My professional experience is a mix of pure research and the design and implementation of medium to large scale software solutions. My research has primarily dealt with integrating the mathematical representation of concepts and business processes to improve enterprise information management. I have a strong interest in a number of fields, including data science, text analytics, NLP, nonlinear dynamics, computational modelling, complex systems, graph theory and knowledge representation.

MemberIngrid Coleman Chafee

20th century French literature; French theatre; European art; Francophone studies; travel; politics; classical music; Norwegian culture and literature .My publications and most of my professional presentations were on the French-Romanian dramatist Eugène Ionesco. I live with my husband in Atlanta. We are both retired. We travel to Europe when possible, less often in the past five years; we are members of the local museum and symphony. I studied at Western College for Women(now Miami of Ohio); University of Virginia; and Emory University. I have two sons from a first marriage (my first husband died when they were young). I have no grandchildren. I had a non-academic career for a few years and became a technical writer and trainer in a software company at that time. I later used my computer experience in designing web pages for my classes, while I was still teaching.

MemberMiranda (Yaggi) Rodak

I am an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the Department of English at Indiana University with eighteen years of experience teaching writing, rhetoric, communication strategy, and literature. I specialize in bringing active-learning and collaboration strategies to writing instruction across the curriculum. Today’s students need strong critical-thinking and writing skills more than ever for their personal and professional empowerment. But those skills become increasingly meaningless in today’s world without a digital literacy and models for thinking, writing, and working collaboratively with a diverse set of people and perspectives. I meet this call in my praxis by designing courses that position students as both meta-reflective learners and as participants in a learning community. Together, my students and I:

  • consciously and constantly articulate goals and learning outcomes
  • hold ourselves and one another accountable for the shared learning experience
  • identify and interrogate our positions, processes, and tools, including when and why we employ different kinds of technology, from low-tech paper and whiteboards to high-tech apps and platforms

Working and writing in community dispels the abstraction that frustrates students in typical writing instruction. They come to see rhetoric as a dynamic, living set of interdependent choices that motivate real people and propel concrete actions and consequences. Such awareness of choice and process nurtures the growth mindset that enables lifelong learners, communicators, and collaborators. As both a professor and administrator, my current work runs along two tracks. One track is devoted to my own scholarship of teaching and learning, whereby I design and teach writing-intensive courses, gather and analyze data about student learning, and publish SoTL articles and open educational resources. The other track focuses on designing and supervising undergraduate curricula for many of my department’s multi-section courses, which includes mentoring our graduate-student instructors in writing pedagogy, digital pedagogy, and multi-modal curriculum design. Before taking up this position, my PhD training in the Humanities, my experience in corporate communications, and my interdisciplinary experiences across a number of departments forged my uniquely broad slight-lines. I understand the power of writing and the challenges surrounding its instruction from a variety of vantage points. This dexterity allows me to design student-centered courses that deliver department, program, and university-level objectives. I have leveraged these broad sight-lines across multiple university departments – piloting online software for writing instruction in the University of Georgia’s First Year Composition program, establishing a Digital Composition program in Indiana University’s Department of English, building the Kelley School of Business’ undergraduate professional-skills curriculum (“Compass”), and designing new courses for Kelley’s MBA program as well as Indiana University’s Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP).

MemberAlison Alison

I completed my Ph.D. in English, with specializations in Medieval Literature and Digital Humanities, in June 2011.  While a student at UCLA, I worked closely with the medieval manuscripts and digital humanities initiatives at UCLA was twice the recipient of the British Library’s Internship in Illuminated Manuscripts.  After graduating, I worked as a Mellon-funded postdoctoral researcher at Saint Louis University’s Center for Digital Humanities, where I helped to develop T-PEN (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation) and Tradamus—software applications that assist scholars in transcribing manuscripts and creating digital editions.  After my postdoctoral research, I taught for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound’s department of English.  I’ve published on medieval manuscripts, the digital humanities, and medieval film music. While writing her dissertation, I started an online business selling mid-century design objects to clients worldwide.  My shop has been featured in Apartment Therapy, Gourment magazine, and Etsy and has sourced products for Mad Men, Anthropologie, and Hawaii 5-0, among others. Currently, I live in Seattle and works as a Senior Curator at Amazon Books, where I curate the selection of titles for many categories in Amazon’s growing network of brick-and-mortar bookstores, including Art & Design, Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction.

MemberMichael Muller

I work at IBM Research in Cambridge MA USA, where I do social science research – usually with IBM-internal data.  Current projects focus on employee engagement; ethics of AI agents and robots. Wellesley College (Wellesley MA USA) has kindly granted me the title of Visitor, to support my collaborations with the HCI Lab at Wellesley. I am also passionately interested in social justice, and I try to work as an ally with various progressive groups.  I try to inform my research with an interest in how groups know together, and especially with whom we co-construct our knowledge.  I recently moderated a panel on social justice at the CSCW 2017 conference.  In the past, I have tried to enrich methods for workplace democracy in the design of software and hardware technology. From a Humanities perspective, I am interested in learning from texts — especially social texts — an in how people collaborate through their social texts.  I use mixed methods to address these questions, including grounded theory method and quantitative text analytic methods.