Joshua L. Comer

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I am a communication educator, researcher, and designer focusing on how people adopt technological changes. I earned my PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016 for my dissertation on user engagement with software updates.
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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Communication and Rhetoric

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2016

Dissertation: Updates: Technologies of Media Change

M.A., Media and Cinema Studies

DePaul University

2010

Thesis: Palimpsests: Salvage, Sacrifice, and the Subject of Truth in Photographs

B.S., Journalism

Bowling Green State University

2008

PUBLICATIONS

Manuscript in Preparation

Accept all changes: Technologies of responsibility in digital media

Description

Articles

Team-based learning in the communication classroom

In preparation for Communication Teacher

Co-authored with Lillian Spina-Caza

2014

By the numbers: California in world literature

Boom: A Journal of California, 4(1), 46-53

Co-authored with David L. Ulin

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2011

Elocution and feminine power in the first quarter of the twentieth century: The career of Carolyn Winkler (Paterson) as performer and teacher

Rhetoric Review, 30(4), 387-405

Co-authored with Merrill Whitburn, Gaines Hubbell, Lisa Litterio, Raymond Lutzky, & Michael Rancourt

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2008

Tracing sea change: From The Tempest to The New York Times

Quidditas: Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, 29, 137-149

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Book Chapter

2014

Another time: Novelizing history after the canon in Matheson

In J. Haedicke and C. Mathews (Eds.), Reading Richard Matheson: A critical survey. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield

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Book Review

2011

Review of Enemyship: Democracy and counter-revolution in the early republic by Jeremy Engels

Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 41(5), 499-502

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PRESENTATIONS

Conference Papers

2014

The model rhetoric of media studies

Rhetoric Society of America Conference. San Antonio, TX

2014

Masses of media: Sorting through media history in reality television

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Chicago, IL

2012

Gaming persuasion: The categorical imperative of moral and political mechanics in games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Boston, MA

2011

Cache in the attic

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. San Antonio, TX

2010

Playing in the past: Ghosts of a golden age of digital games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. St. Louis, MO

Campus Presentations

2013

Forgetting French

UnLearn. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2012

Mature content: Making and breaking ethical conventions in games

Department of Language, Literature, and Communication Colloquium. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Guest Lectures

2013

Online journalism in international contexts

Internet and Law. Lecture conducted from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

2012

Educational games

Social and Psychological Effects of Games. Lecture conducted from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

AWARDS

2009-2010

Media and Cinema Studies Graduate Fellowship

DePaul University

2008

President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Bowling Green State University

EXPERIENCE

Teaching Experience

2013-2015

Introduction to Communication Theory

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2012

Utopian Literature

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Experience

2010-2011

Graduate Research Assistant

Communication Internship Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Researched communication internship policies and drafted revised departmental guidelines based on findings

Professional Service

2013-

Editorial Board and Book Review Editor

Journal of Games Criticism

2012

Panel Chair and Organizer

The rhetorical dynamics of character, competition, and cooperation in games

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Joint National Conference. Boston, MA

2007-2008

Peer Facilitator

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Introduction to International Studies

2005-2006

Student Assistant

Partners For Change

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio and Manouba University, Manouba, Tunisia

Cultural and technological exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative

Professional Experience

2005-2008

Staff Writer

The Advertiser-Tribune

Tiffin, Ohio