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Jim Purdy

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

College Hall 620
Phone: 412.396.1293
purdyj@duq.edu

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 is an Associate Professor of English/Writing Studies and Director of 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 practices, new media technologies (particularly digital archives and plagiarism detection technologies), composition and writing center theory, and intellectual property. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

In addition to publishing in numerous scholarly journals and edited collections, he has co-edited four books, most recently Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies (University of Michigan Press) with Dànielle Nicole DeVoss and The Future Scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information Literacy (Information Today) with Randall McClure.

His scholarship has won several awards, including, with co-author Joyce R. Walker, the 2011 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies and the 2008 Kairos Best Webtext Award. With co-editor Randall McClure, he received the Silver Medal for Education in the Commentary/Theory Category at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards for The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students (Information Today) and the Bronze Medal for Education in the Commentary/Theory Category at the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards for The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing (Information Today).

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. He is working on projects that investigate the influences of intellectual property concerns on academics' teaching, writing, and research as well as the writing practices in Wikipedia articles. 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

 

Books (Edited Volumes)

Purdy, James P., and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, eds. Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative and University of Michigan Press, 2016. www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/makingspace

McClure, Randall, and James P. Purdy, eds. The Future Scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information Literacy. Information Today, Inc., 2016

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

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

Journal Articles

Purdy, James P. "What Can Design Thinking Offer Writing Studies?" College Composition and Communication, vol. 65, no. 4, 2014, pp. 612-641.

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, vol. 13, no. 1, 2013, pp. 9-41.

Purdy, James P. "Why First-Year College Students Select Online Research Resources as Their Favorite." First Monday, vol. 7, no. 3, no. 2012. www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4088/3289.

Walker, Janice R., Kristine Blair, Douglas Eyman, Bill Hart-Davidson, Mike McCloud, Jeff Grabill, Fred Kemp, Mike Palmquist, James P. Purdy, Madeleine Sorapure, Christine Tulley, and 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, vol. 28, no. 4, 2011, pp. 327-346.

Purdy, James P. "Three Gifts of Digital Archives." The Journal of Literacy and Technology, vol. 12, no. 3, 2011, pp. 24-49. www.literacyandtechnology.org/volume12_3/jlt_v12_3_purdy.pdf.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Valuing Digital Scholarship: Exploring the Changing Realities of Intellectual Work" Profession, 2010, pp. 177-195.

Purdy, James P. "The Changing Space of Research: Web 2.0 and the Integration of Research and Writing Environments." Computers and Composition, vol. 27, no. 1, 2010, pp. 48-58.

Purdy, James P. "When the Tenets of Composition Go Public: A Study of Writing in Wikipedia." College Composition and Communication, vol. 61, no. 2, 2009, pp. W351-W373. www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/CCC/0612-dec09/CCC0612When.pdf.

Purdy, James P. "Anxiety and the Archive: Understanding Plagiarism Detection Services as Digital Archives." Computers and Composition, vol. 26, no. 2, 2009, pp. 65-77.

Purdy, James P., and Joyce R. Walker. "Digital Breadcrumbs: Case Studies of Online Research." Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 11, no. 2, 2007. kairos.technorhetoric.net/11.2/binder.html?topoi/purdy-walker/index.htm.

Purdy, James P. "Calling Off the Hounds: Technology and the Visibility of Plagiarism." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 5, no. 2, 2005, pp. 275-295 *Reprinted in Johnson, T. R., ed. Teaching Composition: Background Readings, 3rd edition, St. Martin's, 2008, pp. 305-324.

Book Chapters

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, edited by James P. Purdy and Randall McClure, Information Today, Inc., 2014, pp. 21-34.

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, edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy, Information Today, Inc., 2013, pp. 133-159.

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, edited by Debra Journet, Cheryl E. Ball, and Ryan Trauman, Computers and Composition Digital Press and Utah State University Press, 2012. ccdigitalpress.org/nwc/chapters/purdy-walker.

Purdy, James P. "Wikipedia Is Good for You!?" Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, vol. 1, edited by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky, WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, 2010, pp. 205-224. writingspaces.org/essays/wikipedia-is-good-for-you *Reprinted in Barry, Terri Trupiano et al. A Student Guide: Reading, Writing, Researching in the Sciences, Great River Technologies, 2012. 

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, edited by Cheryl E. Ball and Jim Kalmbach, Hampton Press, 2010, pp. 287-304.

Courses

Graduate
English 567/667 and 568/668: Theories of Composition
English 437W/537 and 572/672: Writing for Digital Media

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

Independent Studies 
Digital Literacies in Writing and Publishing
Queer Studies in Composition

Writing Center
Staff Instruction
Writing consultant orientation
Bi-weekly professional development meetings

Faculty Workshops (selected)

Approaches to Peer Writing Workshops
Better Business Communication
Designing Effective Writing Projects
Five Writing Activities for Any Day
Grading Writing to Encourage Revision
(How) Should We Teach Grammar?: Strategies for Responding to Sentence-Level Writing Mistakes
Planning a Writing-Intensive Course
Responding to Five Common Student Writing Struggles
Strategies for Responding to Student Writing
Teaching Writing to Digital Natives
Wikipedia Is Good for You!: Using Wikipedia to Teach Research-based Writing

Student Workshops (selected)
APA Citation and Source Use for Nursing
CVs and Cover Letters for Graduate School
MLA Source Use and Citation
Strategies for Successful Research-based Writing
Structural and Sentence-Level Conventions of Scientific Writing

Honors/Awards

Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2016.

NEH Endowment Competition Grant, $2,000, 2016.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, 2016.

NEH Endowment Competition Grant. Duquesne University, $1,500, 2015.

Bronze Medal in the Education Theory/Commentary Category for The Next Digital Scholar, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2015.

NEH Endowment Competition Grant, $1,550, 2014.

Finalist, Educational/Academic Category for The Next Digital Scholar, USA Best Books Awards, 2014.

Silver Medal in the Education Theory/Commentary Category for The New Digital Scholar, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2014.

NEH Endowment Competition Grant, $1,570, 2013.

Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies for "Valuing Digital Scholarship," 2011.

Presidential Scholarship Award, $5,000, 2011.

Wimmer Family Foundation Grant, $2,727, 2009.

Kairos Best Webtext Award for "Digital Breadcrumbs," 2008.

Presentations

Invited

Purdy, James P. "Literacies in a Digital World: Approaches to Teaching Tomorrow's Digital Scholar." Keynote Address, Pace University Faculty Institute, Pleasantville, NY, 17 May 2016.

Brown, Renee, Brian Fallon, Harvey Kail, S. Kedia, Ron Maxwell, James P. Purdy, Jon Olson, and Ben Rafoth. "A Recollection of Events: Toward a History of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing." Collaborative Plenary Session. National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 20 October 2007. 

International

Purdy, James P. "A Study of Writing in Wikipedia: Ten Years Later." Computers and Writing Conference, Rochester, NY, 22 May 2016.

Lunsford, Karen, and James P. Purdy. "Intellectual Property Stories in Writing Studies." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX, 7 April 2016.

Purdy, James P. "Design Thinking in the Writing Center." International Writing Centers Association, Pittsburgh, PA, 10 October 2015.

Lunsford, Karen, and James P. Purdy. "Innovations for IP and IRB." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL, 20 March 2015.

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 2014.

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 2014.

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. "Putting Our Multimedia Where Our Mouth Is: The Architexture of a New MA Concentration." Computers and Writing. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 20 May 2012.

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. (co-presenter for workshop). "Making a Case for Tenure and Promotion within/outside Rhetoric and Composition. 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. (speaker on roundtable). "Composition 2.0: Teaching and Learning Writing in an Age of Freeware, Webware, and Data-Driven Applications." 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. (speaker on roundtable). "The Instability of New Media Performed in One-Minute Provocations-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.

National 

Naydan, Liliana, Millie Mo, Ethan Fried, James P. Purdy, Jon Olson, and Grace Schmidt. "Convers[at]ions in the Writing Center: Turning Ideas and Identities." National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Chicago, IL, 3 November 2012.

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.

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