Vegas, Baby: My CCCC Post-Mortem

Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching | No Comments »

Back from this year’s CCCC, located in the slightly grimy Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, and not too much worse for wear, surprisingly. I wanted to share a couple of professional tidbits from the trip…

First of all, my Digital Pedagogy Poster Presentation, a synopsis/highlight of the BACKtalk student presentation assignment (thanks, Dickie Selfe and Doug Eyman, for organizing another strong collection this year):

Citation: McCorkle, Ben.”Looking Back at BACKtalks: One Instructor’s Reflections.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Session Coordinators Dickie Selfe and Doug Eyman. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas. 15 March 2013.

And secondly, a publication that dropped just in time for the conference: Stories That Speak to Us, edited by Cynthia Selfe, Scott Dewitt, and H. Lewis Ulman. Jamie Bono and I had a co-curated piece in there (and available as either a publicly accessible or downloadable Prezi, or as a PDF “walkthrough” transcript):

Citation: McCorkle, Ben and Jamie Bono. “Ludic Literacies: Mapping the Links Between the Literacies at Play in the DALN.” Stories That Speak to Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives. Ed. H. Lewis Ulman, Scott Lloyd DeWitt, & Cynthia L. Selfe. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2013. Web.

CORNFIELD REVIEW: Now Taking Submissions

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Teaching, Writing | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, The Ohio State University at Marion … Now taking submissions for this year’s CORNFIELD REVIEW. Go to and share your best work with us. Deadline: February 20.
cornfield flyer(image courtesy Rebecca Wagner-Hopkins)


Teaching Rhetoric? Start Here…

Posted: December 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Teaching | No Comments »

Via The Blogora, David Beard is compiling a stockpile of syllabi of courses in rhetorical studies: surveys, seminars, period-specific, etc. I’ve contributed my own lower-level introductory course to the pile. As it grows, this will be a tidy little resource for those of you interested in developing similar courses.

Go there: Rhetoric Syllabi

MIX 2012: The Aftermath…

Posted: October 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | Tags: , | No Comments »

You’ll recall in my previous post that I presented a talk this past Friday on using comics to teach rhetoric at the MIX 2012 Conference, CCAD’s Celebration of Comics. My panelists, Wendy Chrisman (CCAD), Nathan Wallace (OSU Marion), and Gretchen Scharnagl (Florida Int’l U) all gave great talks as well on, respectively, representations of psychiatric and mental disorders in comics, using comics to interpret British literature, and a service learning project which involved a team of art students producing a comic book for a hospital to raise awareness about childhood cancer. If you’re curious, here’s my slideshow from the event (and, if you’re even more curious, shoot me an email at; I can send you the transcript of my remarks).

Upcoming Panel Presentation: MIX 2012

Posted: October 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | Tags: , | No Comments »

MIX 2012 CCADThis Friday, I’ll be a panelist at this year’s MIX 2012 conference/exhibit, an event hosted by CCAD. You should go, not so much for my presentation (although it will be pretty cool), but because Chris Ware will be there—he of Jimmy Corrigan fame. But in case you’re interested in my part, I’ll be on the panel titled “A Pedagogical Mix: Utilizing Comics in Higher Education” along with Wendy Chrisman, Nathan Wallace, and Gretchen Scharnagl, talking about comics’ potential for teaching about rhetorical theory. And as my grandmother used to say, “See you in the funny papers!”

TIME/LOCATION: 11 a.m., Canzani Center Auditorium

Cornfield Review: Online–Out Now!

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | No Comments »

splash graphicHot on the heels of the release of the 2012 print edition of Cornfield Review comes the latest installment of CR:Online, the digital media supplement featuring artists, photographers, writers, and designers from the OSUM/MTC/CSCC community. Give it  a gander.

Cornfield Review 2012 Out Now

Posted: August 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | No Comments »

CR2012 coverHey, you guys: The latest installment of Cornfield Review, OSU Marion’s long-lived student-edited literary magazine, is currently available for your reading pleasure. Print copies are available for free at various locations around campus, and a downloadable version of it is available at: Get yours today!

Two Recent Pubs… From Lil’ Ol’ Me

Posted: August 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Writing | No Comments »

I would like to bring my dear readers’ attentions to a couple of recent publications penned by mine own hands (or, if you prefer, “typed,” although in one case, a good bit of video editing was involved… you know what? why are you insisting on me being so literal? “Penned” is a perfectly good bit of figurative flourish). One is a smaller piece in the current edition of Kairos. “Keeping It Real: The Spaces and Places of the Digital Citizen” is a short film (with some write-up) chronicling my digital media composing course’s participation in a student philanthropy program from two years ago. The other piece, “Whose Body? Looking Critically at New Interface Designs,” is a chapter in an edited collection entitled composing (media) = composing (embodiment), and it argues that we need to develop a critical stance for analyzing the next-gen crop of user interfaces in order to avoid repeating the same old practices of marginalizing and ignoring certain types of bodies (I just re-read it, and I think I actually make sense in this one, if I do say so myself). Here’s me enjoying the collection, hot off the presses:

The author, pleased to be included in this collection...

McCorkle, Ben. “Whose Body? Looking Critically at New Interface Designs.” composing (media) = composing (embodiment). Eds. Kristin Arola and Anne Wysocki. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2012. 174-187. Print.

McCorkle, Ben. “Keeping it Real: The Spaces & Places of the Digital Citizen.”  Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (PraxisWiki section) 17.1 (Fall 2012): n. pag. Web.

Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

Posted: August 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Bookshelf, Rhetoric, Teaching, Writing | No Comments »

Framework for Sucess in Postsecondary WritingA joint project between National Council for Teachers of English, the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and the National Writing Project, the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing” whitepaper outlines the common goals/outcomes for writing at the college and university level. Although it was originally issued February of 2011, it’s back on people’s radars now thanks to the latest issue of College English, which features a symposium on the document. Obviously, this is one of those professional documents that will please some, incite others to pure, seething rage, and leave some going “meh.”

CCCC Aftermath…

Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Travel | No Comments »

Just a quick post to let you know that another great CCCC’s now  in the history book. Highlights for me include:

  • a highly useful digital pedagogy poster session (thanks to Dickie Selfe, with assists from Doug Eyman and Eileen Maley)
  • I saw a few interesting panel presentations (apparently Bruno Latour’s stock is still on the rise in rhet/comp)
  • neat-o interactive digital installation
  • I got interviewed by someone reviewing my book
  • St. Louis is a pretty cool city: good Vietnamese food, beautiful botanical garden, plus the insanity of the City Museum.




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