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Liza Potts is the current director of WIDE and an associate professor in the Department of  Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests  include digital rhetoric, internet studies, and social user experience. Liza is the past chair of the  Association for Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design of Communication  (ACM: SIGDOC). She has worked for Microsoft, consultancies, and start-ups as a director,  information architect, and program manager. Liza earned her Ph.D. in Communication and  Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research  university.

Twitter: @LizaPotts

Senior Researcher and Past Director


Jeff Grabill is the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and a Professor of  Rhetoric and Professional Writing. His research focuses on how digital writing is associated with  citizenship and learning, and that work has been located in community contexts, in museums,  and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. He is a Senior Fellow with University  Outreach & Engagement. At Michigan State, he helped develop and led a new major in  Professional Writing, was a founder of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research  Center (now Writing, Information, and Digital Experience), and served as the Chair of the  Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Dr. Grabill is also a co-founder of  Drawbridge Incorporated, an educational technology company.

Twitter: @grabill

Senior Researcher and Past Director


Bill Hart-Davidson is an Associate Professor and an Associate Dean of Graduate studies at  Michigan State, where he teaches various forms of writing, user-experience design, and research. Bill studied English Education as an undergrad just as the World-Wide Web was being  born, hence his enduring interest in all the new forms of writing and communication open to  students and teachers. Bill earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1999 and spent time at  IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before coming to MSU in 2004. He has been inventing  and testing new writing technologies at WIDE ever since.

Twitter: @billhd


    Stuart Blythe, Associate Professor of Professional Writing
    Casey McArdle, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing
    Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Specialist, College of Arts and Letters
    Dawn Opel, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and User Experience

Research Assistants

    Lauren Brentnell, Project Manager and Graduate Researcher in Rhetoric and Writing
    Victor Del Hierro, Project Manager and Graduate Researcher in Rhetoric and Writing

Student Researchers and Practitioners

    Heather Turner, Graduate Researcher in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    Minh-Tam Nguyen, Graduate Researcher in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    Phil Bratta, Graduate Researcher in Rhetoric and Writing
    Howard Fooksman, Graduate Researcher in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
    Jack Hennes, Graduate Researcher in Rhetoric and Writing

External Affiliated Researchers and Practioners

    Karen Ahlin, Ph.D. Candidate at Mid Sweden University, Sweden
    Alice Daer, Digital Content Strategist, USA
    Emily Dallaire, Practitioner, Sundog Interactive, USA
    Laura Gonzales. Assistant Professor, University of Texas-El Paso, USA
    Kathie Gossett, Assistant Professor, UC-Davis, USA
    Ranti Junus, Systems Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries, USA
    Connie Kampf, Associate Professor, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Beth Keller, Assistant Professor, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA
    Jess Knott, Learning Design Manager, Michigan State University HUB, USA
    Ryan Omizo, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island. USA
    Thomas Padilla, Humanitites Data Curator, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
    Stacey Pigg, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, USA
    Jim Ridolfo, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, USA
    Donnie Sackey, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, USA
    Michael Salvo, Director of Professional Writing and Associate Professor of English, Purdue University, USA
    Joanna Schreiber, Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, USA
    Joyce Seitzinger, Educational Technologist and Founder of Academic Tribe, La Trobe University, Australia
    Stuart Selber, Associate Professor, Penn State University, USA
    Cindy Tekobbe, Assistant Professor, Department of English, The University of Alabama, USA
    Kelly Turner, Practitioner, USA
    Gunnhrafn Institute for Itinerant Scholars and Writers, Washington D.C., USA