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Dr. Matthew S. S. Johnson

Director of First-Year Writing
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Indiana University
Office: PH 3201
Phone: (618) 650-2087

Courses Taught: English Composition I (ENG 101), English Composition II (ENG 102), Composing Worlds -- Visualizing Words & Writing Images  (w/ Erin Vigneau Dimick) (CIV 115), Digital Literacies (ENG 412), Methods of Teaching Secondary English -- Composition and Language (ENG 485), Politics of Composition Pedagogy (ENG 487), History of Rhetoric (ENG 488), Advanced Composition (ENG 490), Technical and Business Writing (ENG 491), Composition Pedagogy  (for Graduate/Teaching Assistants) (ENG 554), Theory of Composition and Rhetoric (ENG 556), Practicum in the Teaching of Writing (ENG 558), Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing with Computers (ENG 572), Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy (ENG 574), Post-Process Theory and 21st Century Audiences (ENG 581), Writing in the Field -- The Making, Teaching, and Publishing of Arguments (ENG 581), Currents in Composition (ENG 581).

Research Interests: Rhetoric-composition -- theory, pedagogy, and history; digital/electronic literacies and technology; basic writing; writing program administration; culture studies; game studies and ludology.

Selected Publications 

Rhetoric/Composition/Play through Video Games: Reshaping Theory and Practice of Writing. Richard Colby, Matthew S. S. Johnson, and Rebekah Shultz Colby, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Authoring Avatars: Gaming, Reading and Writing Identities.” Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment): Bodies, Technologies, Writing, The Teaching of Writing.  Eds. Kristin L. Arola and Anne Frances Wysocki. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012. 60-71. Print.

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Reflections of an Academic Gamer or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Work of Play.” Techsty: Magazyn Ludologiczny/Ludological Journal 8.1 (2012). Web. (Published in English and Polish.)

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Rekindling Rhetoric: Oratory and Marketplace Culture in Guild Wars.” Writing and the Digital Generation. Ed. Heather Urbanski. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. 162-173. Print.

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Public Writing in Gaming Spaces.” Computers & Composition: An International Journal 25.3 (September 2008): 270-283. Print.

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Teasing out Everyday Culture: Why Simple Questions Are Worth Asking.” From Hip Hop to Hyperlinks: Practical Approaches for Teaching Culture in the Composition Classroom. Ed. Joanna Paull. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 74-95. Print.

Johnson, Matthew S. S. “Combat to Conversation: Towards a Theoretical Foundation for the Study of Games.” Dichtung Digital 37.1 (December 2007): n.p. Web. <>.

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