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08/08/2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Summer 8wk session final grades due
Fall Classes Begin

Joshua Daniel-Wariya

 Research Areas

  • Digital Rhetorics 
  • Game/Software Studies
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Writing Program Administration

 Recent Graduate and Upper Division Courses

  • Games & Writing
  • Visual Rhetoric & Design
  • Studies in the History of Rhetoric: Propaganda Studies
  • Professional Writing Theory
  • Topics in Rhetorical Theory: Software Studies
  • Games, Play, and the Cultures of Online, Interactive Media 
  • Studies in the History of Rhetoric: Rhetoric and Change
  • Style and Editing 
  • Topics in Rhetoric and Professional Writing: Game Studies 

Current Book Project

Gamification and the Technologies of Promise: Toward an Art of Playful Composing

This book project is a critical perspective on gamification—the use of game-like rules and mechanics to engage and motivate people—especially as it pertains to writing instruction. It situates the practice of gamifying writing classrooms within the historical trajectory of composition studies and writing instruction in the United States. It suggests that technologies often emerge to and are pitched as solutions to literacy crises . Specifically, a variety of technologies emerge to engage and motivate alienated students who are bored or off-put by traditional writing instruction.

Gamification, I suggest, promises to make writing more engaging and motivating by making writing and writing instruction more fun. Although this, in of itself, is a worthy goal, gamification rests on an impoverished understanding of both play and fun. Specifically, gamification is too often used in the workplace to exploit workforces by mimicking play and creating the illusion of choice, or the illusion of fun. By situating gamification among other technologies that have promised to enliven writing instruction in the United States, I suggest the technology of gamification may cause the field to lose site or more productive possibilities for an art of playful composing.

Recent & Forthcoming Journal Articles

"Digital Archives as Cunning Texts in FYC Curriculum." Co-Authored with Lynn Lewis. Pedagogy. Forthcoming. 

"Rhetorical Strategy and Creative Methodology: Revisiting Homo Ludens." Games and Culture. July (2017): 1-17. 

"A Langauge of Play: New Media's Possibility Spaces." Computers and Composition 40.1 (2016): 32-47. 

Recent & Forthcoming Book Chapters

"Body, Visible." In Our Body of Work: Embodied Teaching and Administration in Writing Studies. Co-Authored with Lynn C Lewis. Ed. Melissa Nichols and Anna Sicari. Forthcoming. 

"In the Weeds." In Violence in the Work of Composition." Co-Authored with Lynn C. Lewis. Ed. Scott Gage and Kristie Fleckenstein. Utah State UP. Forthcoming.

"Software Literacy in Rhetorical Approaches to Fake News." In Literacy in the Age of Information and Misinformation. Co-Authored with Tyler Branson and James Chase Sanchez. Forthcoming. 

"Ludic Rhetorics: Theories of Play in Rhetoric and Writing." In Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley. Ed. Judy Holiday, Andrea Alden, Kendall Gerdes, and Ryan Skinell. Forthcoming. 

"Race Within the Machine: Ambient Rhetorical Action and Racial Ideology." Co-Authored with James Chase Sanchez. In Rhetorical Machines: Past, Present, and Future Conversations in Rhetoric and Computation. Ed. John Jones and Lavinia Hirsu. University of Alabama Press. Forthcoming. 

"Gamification Makes Writing Fun." In Bad Ideas about Writing. Ed. Drew Loewe and Cheryl E. Ball. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Libraries. 2017.

“Philip Roth’s Comic Corrective.” In Baseball and Social Class: Essays on the Democratic Game that Isn’t. Ed. Ronald Kates and Warren Tormey. 2012. 148-161.  

Textbook Chapters & Book Reviews

"My Work on Decision Points: Reflections on the Archive." Textbook Chapter for English 1213 at Oklahoma State University. 2017.

"A Brief Rhetoric of Infographic Design." Textbook Chapter for English 1213 at Oklahoma State University. 2016. 

Review of Women in Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning. In Computers and Composition 29.2. 2013. 

Recent Conference Presentations

Playing Decision Points: Politics Performed through Gamification.” 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, 2016. Atlanta. 

"Gamification and the Technologies of Racial Coding." Computers and Writing, 2016. Rochester. 

"When Students Design Games: Risks, Rewards, and Possibilities." Computers and Writing, 2015. University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

"Possibility and Play: Unleashing Creativity in Student Screencast Videos." The Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2015. Tampa Bay. 

"Composing Play: Epic Learning in Literacy Spaces." Meaningful Play, 2014. Michgan State University. 

“Huizinga’s Magic Circle and the Symbolization of Play.” 16th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, 2014. San Antonio. 

“Rearranging Assessment: The Outcomes of Play.”
 The Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014. Indianapolis. 

The Play of Modes, the Emergence of Meaning: Reading New Media Scholarship.”
 The Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2013. Las Vegas. 

“'We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For': Timelessness in Digital Cinema.”
 The Eighth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, 2011. Clemson.

“Luke Gofannon Loves Third Base: Playing with Spalding in Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel.
 30th Annual SW/TX PCA/ACA Pop Culture Conference, 2009. Albuquerque. 

Faculty Governance

Arts and Sciences Faculty Council Representative

Lynn Lewis

Arts and Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee

Linda Austin

Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee

An Cheng

Graduate College Faculty Representative

Randi Eldevik

Personnel Committee

Chair: Edward Jones 
Professor: Elizabeth Grubgeld 
Professor: Tim Murphy 
Associate Professor: An Cheng
Associate Professor: Nancy Caplow 
Assistant Professor: Sarah Beth Childers

Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee Charter (FY 2017) 

American Literature: Lindsey Smith
British Literature: Kate Hallemeier 
Creative Writing: Aimee Parkison 
TESL/Linguistics: Nancy Caplow (Chair)
Rhetoric and Professional Writing: Lynn Lewis
Screen Studies: Graig Uhlin 
Undergraduate Major Advisor (Voting Member): Clarissa Bonner
Student Rep: TBD

TA Selection 

Nancy Caplow
An Cheng
William Decker

Lynn Lewis
Stephanie Link
Jeff Menne
Aimee Parkison
Anna Sicari
Andrew Wadoski
Martin Wallen

Graduate Studies Committee

American and British Literature: Katherine Hallemeier 
TESL/Linguistics, Composition and Rhetoric, Professional Writing: Joshua Daniel-Wariya
Screen Studies, Creative Writing: Sarah Beth Childers
Andrew Wadoski is a non-voting member.

Admissions Committee

Nancy Caplow
An Cheng
Stephanie Link
Jeff Menne
Aimee Parkison
Andrew Wadoski
Martin Wallen

Scholarship Selection Committee

Department Head: Bill Decker
Graduate Coordinator: Andrew Wadoski
Undergraduate Advisor: Clarissa Bonner
Two faculty appointed by the Department Head

Aimee Parkison

 2017 aimee book sigining

Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing
MFA, Cornell University

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Fiction Writing
Experimental Prose
Women’s and Gender Studies

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught


Fiction Writing (Engl 3030)

Advanced Fiction Writing (Engl 4630)


Seminar in Fiction Writing (Engl 5730)

Crafts and Forms of Prose: Advanced Creative Project (Engl 5763)

Masters Thesis (Engl 5000)

Doctoral Dissertation (Engl 6000)


Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman (FC2/University of Alabama Press 2017)

The Petals of Your Eyes (Starcherone/Dzanc 2014)

The Innocent Party (BOA Editions, Ltd., American Reader Series 2012)

Woman with Dark Horses (Starcherone 2004)

Magazine Publications (Selected)

Fiction:North American Review, Five Points, Quarterly West, The Laurel Review, Santa Fe Literary ReviewThis LandUnstuck, The Collagist, Tarpaulin Sky, Dislocate, Feminist Studies, The Literary ReviewThe Tusculum ReviewLake Effect, The Seattle Review, FugueMississippi ReviewVox, Yalobusha Review, Santa Monica Review, Harpur PalateFiction International, Crab Orchard Review, Other Voices, Denver Quarterly, American Literary Review.

Nonfiction: AWP’s The Writers’ Chronicle magazine, American Book Review, and State magazine.

Poetry: Rattle, Cimarron Review, PMS (poem memoir story), The Cossack Review, 5AM, Briar Cliff Review, TheSow’s Ear Poetry ReviewSo To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod International Journal, California Quarterly.


Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize from Fiction Collective Two

Christopher Isherwood Fellowship

Kurt Vonnegut Prize from North American Review

Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction

Jack Dyer Prize from Crab Orchard Review

North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship

Writers at Work Fellowship

Charles Angoff Award from The Literary Review

Puffin Foundation Fellowship

American Antiquarian Society William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship

Works In Progress: Historical novel, Hybrid Fiction, Flash Fiction, & Traditional Character-Based Literary Fiction


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