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James P. Purdy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/University Writing Center Director
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
English

College Hall 620
Phone: 412.396.1293

Education:

Ph.D., English/Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
M.A., English/Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
B.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000
Bio

Dr. Jim Purdy teaches in the English Department and directs the University Writing Center. He received his doctorate in English with a specialization in writing studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching interests include digital writing and research, new media technologies (particularly digital archives and plagiarism detection technologies), composition theory, and writing center theory.

With Randall McClure he has published two edited volumes: The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students (2013) and The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing (2014). His scholarship also appears in the peer-reviewed journals Computers and Composition; Computers and Composition Online; College Composition and Communication; First Monday; The Journal of Literacy and Technology; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture; and Profession; as well as in several edited collections.

He is pleased this scholarship has been recognized with several awards. The New Digital Scholar won the Silver Medal in Education Theory/Commentary at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. With co-author Joyce R. Walker, he won the 2011 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies and the 2008 Kairos Best Webtext Award.

His current research studies the ways in which digital technologies shape and are shaped by the research and writing practices of scholars at all levels, including students completing academic research-based writing tasks and scholars publishing digital scholarship. His research provides a closer look at the digital spaces that are increasingly the primary site of writing and research for academic and civic tasks.

Publications

Purdy, James P., and Randall McClure, eds. The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2014. Print.

McClure, Randall, and James P. Purdy. "Ever Mindful of the Changes: What We Know About Student Use of Emerging Technologies." The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing. Ed. James P. Purdy and Randall McClure. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2014. 21-34. Print.

Purdy, James P. "What Can Design Thinking Offer Writing Studies?" College Composition and Communication 65.4 (2014): 612-641. Print.

McClure, Randall, and James P. Purdy, eds. The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2013.

Purdy, James P. "Scholarliness as Other: How Students Explain Their Research-Writing Behaviors." The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students. Ed. Randall McClure and James P. Purdy. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2013. 133-159.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Liminal Spaces and Research Identity: The Construction of Introductory Composition Students as Researchers." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Language, Literature, Composition, and Culture 13.1. (2012): 9-41. Print.

Purdy, James P. "Why First-Year College Students Select Online Research Resources as Their Favorite."First Monday 7.3 (2012): n. pag. Web.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Scholarship on the Move: A Rhetorical Analysis of Scholarly Activity in Digital Spaces." The New Work of Composing. Ed. Debra Journet, Cheryl E. Ball, and Ryan Trauman. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press and Utah State University Press, 2012 .

Janice R. Walker, Kristine Blair, Douglas Eyman, Bill Hart-Davidson, Mike McCloud, Jeff Grabill, Fred Kemp, Mike Palmquist, James P. Purdy, Madeleine Sorapure, Christine Tulley, Victor J. Vitanza. "Computers and Composition 20/20: A Conversation Piece, or What Some Very Smart People Have to Say about the Future." Computers and Composition 28.4 (2011): 327-346. Print.

Purdy, James P. "Three Gifts of Digital Archives." The Journal of Literacy and Technology 12.3 (2011): 24-49. Print/Web.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Valuing Digital Scholarship: Exploring the Changing Realities of Intellectual Work." Profession (2010): 177-195. Print.
*Winner of 2011 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies

Purdy, James P. "The Changing Space of Research: Web 2.0 and the Integration of Research and Writing Environments." Computers and Composition 27.1 (2010): 48-58. Special issue on Composition 2.0. Print.

Purdy, James P. "Wikipedia Is Good for You!?Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing. Vol. 1. Ed. Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Fort Collins, CO and West Lafayette, IN: WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010. 205-224. Print/Web.

Lovett, Maria, James P. Purdy, Katherine E. Gossett, Carrie A. Lamanna, and Joseph Squier. "Writing with Video: What Happens When Composition Comes Off the Page?" RAW (Reading and Writing) New Media: A Collection of Essays and New Media. Ed. Cheryl E. Ball and Jim Kalmbach. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010. 287-304. Print.

Purdy, James P. "When the Tenets of Composition Go Public: A Study of Writing in Wikipedia.College Composition and Communication 61.2 (2009): W351-W373. Print/Web.

Purdy, James P. "Anxiety and the Archive: Understanding Plagiarism Detection Services as Digital Archives." Computers and Composition 26.2 (2009): 65-77. Print.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Digital Breadcrumbs: Case Studies of Online Research.Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 11.2 (2007). Web.
*Winner of 2008 Kairos Best Webtext Award

Purdy, James P., Douglas Eyman, Joyce R. Walker, and Colleen Reilly, eds. Online Research, Writing, and Citation Practices. Special Issue of Computers and Composition Online (Fall 2007). Web.

Purdy, James P. "Calling Off the Hounds: Technology and the Visibility of Plagiarism." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 5.2 (2005): 275-295. Print.
  Reprinted in Teaching Composition: Background Readings. 3rd ed. Ed. T. R. Johnson. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2008. 305-325. Print.

Courses

Graduate
English 568: Theories of Composition
English 437W/537: Writing for Digital Media


Undergraduate
English 302W/JMA 485: Facebook, flickr, and Web 2.0 Writing
IHP 104: Honors Freshman Seminar I 
IHP 101: Logic and Rhetoric
UCOR 102: Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing
UCOR 101: Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum

Writing Center
Writing consultant orientation
Bi-weekly professional development meetings

Faculty Workshops (selected)

Better Business Communication
Planning a Writing-Intensive Course
Five Writing Activities for Any Day
Strategies for Responding to Student Writing
Perspectives on Preparing Undergraduates for Research and Publishing
Effective Approaches to Peer Writing Workshops
Teaching Writing to Digital Natives
Wikipedia Is Good for You!: Using Wikipedia to Teach Research-based Writing 
Grading Writing to Encourage Revision
Making the Annual Report a Persuasive Text: Strategies for Analytical Professional Writing

Student Workshops (selected)

APA Source Use and Citation for Nursing
CVs and Cover Letters for Graduate School
MLA Source Use and Citation

Honors/Awards

Silver Medal in Education Theory/Commentary (for The New Digital Scholar). Independent Publisher Book Awards. 2014.

NEH Endowment Competition Grant. Duquesne University. $1,570. 17 May 2013.

Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies. 2011.

Presidential Scholarship Award. Duquesne University. $5,000. 13 April 2011.

Wimmer Family Foundation Grant. Duquesne University. $2,727. 5 May 2009.

Kairos Best Webtext Award. 2008.

Faculty Professional Development Travel Grant, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Summer 2007, Spring 2007, Fall 2006.

President's Fund for Academic Initiatives. James P. Purdy and Stephanie Schlitz. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. $4,000. 15 December 2006.

Presentations

International

DeVoss, Dànielle Nicole, Russell Carpenter, Andy Frazee, James P. Purdy, David Sheridan, and Douglas Walls. "Making Spaces: Architecture, Infrastructure, and the Rhetoric of Design." Computers and Writing. Washington State University. Pullman, WA. 7 June 2013.

Purdy, James P. "‘I Do Not Like Using Books': Why Students Characterize Themselves as Strong or Weak Researchers." Computers and Writing. Washington State University. Pullman, WA. 7 June 2013.

Purdy, James P. "Why Are We Invoking Design? An Analysis of Use of Design in Computers and Composition Scholarship." Computers and Writing. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD. 8 June 2013.

Ball, Cheryl, Kris Blair, Virginia Kuhn, James P. Purdy, Naomi Silver, and Joyce R. Walker. "Futures of Composition." Computers and Writing. Frostburg State University. Frostburg, MD. 7 June 2013.

Purdy, James P. "Challenging Public Perceptions: Why First-Year Writing Students Select Research Resources as Their Favorite." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. 15 March 2013.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Scholarship on the Move: Digital Manifestations of Scholarly Activity." Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. 23 March 2012.

Purdy, James P. "More than Delivery: Thoughts on Writing an Open Text as a Knowledge-Making Practice." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. 9 April 2011.

Purdy, James P. "Making a Case for Tenure and Promotion within/outside Rhetoric and Composition" (co-presenter for workshop). Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, GA. 6 April 2011.

Purdy, James P. "The Three Gifts of Digital Archives." Computers and Writing. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. 21 May 2010.

Purdy, James P. "Composition 2.0: Teaching and Learning Writing in an Age of Freeware, Webware, and Data-Driven Applications" (speaker on roundtable). Computers and Writing. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. 21 May 2010.

Purdy, James P. "Rethinking Our Approach to Plagiarism Detection Services: Researching Student Researchers." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. 19 March 2010.

Purdy, James P. "Digital Archives and Plagiarism Anxiety: An Argument for Viewing Plagiarism Detection Services as Digital Archives." Computers and Writing. University of California Davis. Davis, CA. 20 June 2009.

Purdy, James P. "Aren't Media Already Multiple?: Reflections on Proposing a Course in Multimodal Composition." Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. 14 March 2009.

Purdy, James P. "The Instability of New Media Performed in One-Minute Provocations' Roundtable" (speaker on roundtable). Computers and Writing. University of Georgia. Athens, GA. 25 May 2008.

Purdy, James P. "Attitudes, Activities, and Associations: Survey Data on How Composition Students See Themselves as Researchers." Computers and Writing. University of Georgia. Athens, GA. 23 May 2008.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Valuing Digital Scholarship: Exploring the Changing Realities of Intellectual Work." Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. 3 April 2008.

Purdy, James P. "When the Tenets of Composition Go Public: A Study of Writing in Wikipedia." Computers and Writing. Wayne State University. Detroit, MI. 18 May 2007.

National

Purdy, James P. "The Changing Space of Research: Web 2.0 and the Integration of Research and Writing Environments." Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition. University of Louisville. Louisville, KY. 17 October 2008.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Making a Case for Digital Research in the First Year Writing Classroom." Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition: Rhetorics and Technologies. Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA. 9 July 2007.