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Director: Liza Potts


Liza Potts is the Director of WIDE and an Associate Professor in the Department of  Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research interests include user experience, memory, knowledge sharing, and crisis communication. Liza is a founding member of the steering committee for Women in Technical Communication. She 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 institute.

Twitter: @LizaPotts

Senior Researcher and Past Director: Jeff Grabill


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


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
  • Kate Fedewa, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing
  • Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Specialist, College of Arts and Letters
  • Casey McArdle, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing
  • John Monberg, Assistant Professor of Experience Architecture

Research Assistants

  • Suban Nur Cooley, Project Manager and Graduate Researcher in Rhetoric and Writing
  • Stephanie Mahnke, 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

Affiliated Researchers and Practitioners

  • Karen Ahlin, Ph.D. Candidate at Mid Sweden University, Sweden
  • 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
  • Kelly Turner, Practitioner, USA
  • Gunnhrafn Institute for Itinerant Scholars and Writers, Washington D.C., USA