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President, Dan Seward

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

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Dr. Dan Seward is a Senior Lecturer at Ohio State University, where he teaches courses in the Professional Writing Minor, as well as other composition and rhetoric offerings. His interest in online instruction began during graduate school, where he served as Assistant Director of UT Austin’s Computer (now Digital) Writing and Research Lab. There he also worked with John Ruszkiewicz and Maxine Hairston to develop electronic textbooks, including Coretext Online (Addison-Wesley, 1997). Later, Dan collaborated with John and Maxine on five print editions of the Scott, Foresman Writer (1998-2011). In 2010, after dividing his time among software development, textbook authorship, and teaching writing, Dan was hired to oversee the writing program at Franklin University, an open-enrollment, non-profit university offering online courses to non-traditional students. There he served for nearly seven years as Lead Faculty in Writing, before taking on his current role at OSU <>.

Vice President, Cat Mahaffey

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

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Cat Mahaffey is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRDS) Department at UNC Charlotte. She teaches first-year writing and courses such as Digital Design Theory and Practice and The Rhetoric of Digital Design. Cat is also a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) program. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE), the Associate Chair of the CCCC’s Online Writing Instruction (OWI) Working Group, and as a Quality Matters Master Reviewer (QMMR). Her research interests include online privacy, accessibility, digital rhetoric, and technical and professional writing. Her work and research are published in Next Steps: New Directions for/in Writing about Writing (2019) and Emerging Technologies in Virtual Learning Environments (2019).

Treasurer, Theresa M. Evans

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

Dr. Theresa Evans (Tess) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English at Miami University of Ohio. She teaches in the Professional Writing Program, including face-to-face and online sections of Technical Writing and Professional Communication for Business. She became interested in online writing instruction in 2012, shortly after defending her dissertation at Ball State University. For a year at Ball State she taught online sections of Rhetoric & Writing and Composing Research—both high-school dual-credit sections and collegiate sections. Tess has decades of experience collaborating in virtual environments as a freelance copywriter,  working on print, digital, and video projects. In addition to online writing instruction, her research interests include professional and technical writing, commercial rhetoric, and contingency studies. Her work has been published in Rhetoric Review, The Proceedings of the Computers and Writing Conference, and OLOR.

Secretary, Jennifer Burke Reifman

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

Jennifer Burke Reifman is an Associate Instructor in the University Writing Program and Ph.D. student in the School of Education emphasizing in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies at the University of California, Davis. Before returning for her Ph.D, Jennifer received her Master’s in English Composition from San Francisco State University and taught first-year composition, basic writing, and literature courses at several community colleges. While teaching at these community colleges, she also helped to develop online writing course curriculums, beginning her interest in online writing instruction. Currently, Jennifer’s research is concerned with basic writing legislative reforms, the use of technology in writing classrooms, training teachers for online writing instruction, and writing assessment and placement. Jennifer is also a committee member for the Writing Program Administrators Graduate Organization and has presented her work at the Two Year College Association Conference, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference, and the American Educational Research Association Conference. E-mail: <>

Immediate Past President, Scott Warnock

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

Dr. Scott Warnock is a Professor of English and the Director of the University Writing Program at Drexel University. He is the author of Teaching Writing Online: How and Why; Writing Together: Ten Weeks Teaching and Studenting in an Online Writing Course, with Diana Gasiewski; and numerous chapters and journal articles about online writing instruction, computers and composition, and education technology. Warnock served as co-chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction from 2011 to 2016. At Drexel, he teaches online and hybrid first-year writing and courses such as Writing in Cyberspace, The Literature of Business, and Writing and Peer Tutoring Workshop, the training course for Drexel’s undergraduate writing tutors.

At-Large Board Member, Amy Cicchino

Term of Office: July 2019 to June 2021

Dr. Amy Cicchino is Associate Director for University Writing at Auburn University. She works on a number of different programs for University Writing, which includes a WAC program, writing center, and ePortfolio Project. Her research includes digital multimodal pedagogy, online learning, WAC faculty development, and writing program administration. She became interested in online writing instruction while completing her PhD at Florida State University where she collaborated on the development of an online and hybrid writing pedagogy course for GTAs and taught composition online. Her work has been published in ePortfolio as Curriculum, Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE), and WPA: Writing Program Administration.

At-Large Board Member, Miranda Egger

Term of Office: October 2019 to June 2021

Miranda L. Egger is a Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Composition at the University of Colorado Denver. She teaches first-year composition courses, multimedia and digital composition, logic & argumentation, and co-teaches the teaching assistant practicum. In her *spare* time, she’s completing her dissertation to fulfill the final requirements for a Ph.D. in Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse Studies (with an emphasis in Technology and Media Studies) at Old Dominion University. Her professional and academic interests include: Literacy Studies (particularly theories of reading in the writing classroom); situating reading in theories of rhetorical circulation; networked, digital technologies of communication; WPA scholarship; and pedagogies that address online education, especially for at-risk undergraduate students.

At-Large Board Member, Jessi Ulmer

Term of Office: July 2019 to June 2021

Jessi Ulmer is an accessibility and universal design for instruction expert who puts her expertise to the test as an instructional designer. She wishes more people would understand that building accessible products for everyone just makes sense and really doesn’t require more work if done correctly!

At-Large Board Member, Meghan Velez

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

Dr. Meghan Velez is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She directs Embry-Riddle’s Virtual Communication Lab, an online writing, speaking, and multiliteracy center, and teaches online courses in first-year composition, rhetorical theory, and the history of communication technologies. She began teaching online composition courses as a PhD student at Florida State University. Her research interests include writing program administration, writing assessment, WAC/WID faculty development, and digital media policy and law. Her work has appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication and The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

At-Large Board Member, Pavel Zemliansky

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

​Dr. Pavel Zemliansky is an associate professor in the Academic Language Program at Oslo Metropolitan University in Oslo, Norway. He teaches courses in academic and professional writing, at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD levels as well as faculty development courses in WAC and online pedagogy. His research interests include professional and technical communication, particularly in international contexts, teaching and learning online, and WAC/WID. His research has appeared in College English, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Research in Online Literacy Education, and other outlets. In 2017, together with Kirk St. Amant, he won the CCCC Award for the Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication for the book Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication in Post-Soviet Spaces.

Appointed Officers and Committee Chairs

Webmaster, Amanda Bemer

Term of Office: May 2018 to present

Dr. Amanda Bemer is a Professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) where she is the Director of Academic & Professional Writing. She teaches a range of courses in academic writing and SMSU's Professional Writing & Communication major, including business communication, new media, digital writing, and technical communication. She is interested in user experience, the rhetoric of space, visual rhetoric, and programmatic assessment. She has published in various journals, including the Journal of Technical Writing & Communication, Praxis, and Programmatic Perspectives. Her current work involves editing an online, open educational resource for writing in the disciplines-focused composition courses called Why Writing Works: Disciplinary Approaches to Composing Texts at ​

Webinar Co-Chair, Jenae Cohn

Dr. Jenae Cohn is an Academic Technology Specialist at Stanford University, where she guides instructors in instructional design principles around teaching with technology. As a faculty developer, she specializes in effective uses of learning management systems, collaborative writing technologies, and content curation tools. Her current research interests include multimodal learning, information literacy, and digital rhetoric. She has published articles in Computers and Composition, Journal of Faculty Development, and Journal of Response to Writing. ​

Membership & Communication Officer, Jude Miller

Term of Office: July 2020 to June 2022

Jude Miller holds a faculty position in Rowan University's Writing Arts Department, where he primarily teaches FYW and technical and professional writing courses. In 2017 he received Rowan University’s College of Communication and Creative Arts Excellence in Service Award, and in 2019 he received an institutional grant to replace required textbooks in FYW courses with free, online Open Educational Resources. He has created the curriculum for Rowan’s First-Year Writing Program’s online and hybrid courses. His recent conference presentations include the 2019 CCCC OWI Workshop, the 2019 GSOLE conference, and the 2020 OWI Community Symposium. He is also a member of the editorial board of OLOR. In addition to his work with GSOLE, he serves as the At-Large Member of the CCCC OWI Standing Group, where he primarily coordinates the working groups.

OLOR Journal Editor, Jason Snart

Term of Office: Apr. 2016 to June 2024

Jason Snart is Professor of English at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He teaches composition, creative writing, and literature courses in a variety of modes, including online, hybrid, and face-to-face. His research and publishing focuses primarily on hybrid teaching, learning, and development. His most recent book, Making Hybrids Work: An Institutional Framework for Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education, was published in 2016 by NCTE.​

Webinar Co-Chair, Mary Stewart

Dr. Mary K. Stewart is an Associate Professor and the General Education Writing Coordinator for the Literature & Writing Studies Department at California State University San Marcos. Her qualitative and quantitative research focuses on collaborative and interactive learning, writing pedagogy and online writing instruction, and teaching with technology. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as Computers & Composition, Composition Forum, Journal of Response to Writing, The Internet and Higher Education, and Research in Online Literacy Education.

ROLE Journal Editor, Ashlyn Walden

Term of Office: July 2020 to Present

Ashlyn Walden is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She teaches a combination of hybrid and online courses in composition and advanced writing and research. Beyond the classroom, Walden actively mentors faculty in digital design and online writing instruction every year. Research interests primarily include: fostering inquiry-based research in the writing classroom, digital composition and design, accessibility, and user-centered design. Her most recent co-authored book chapter with Cat Mahaffey, “#teachingbydesign: Complicating Accessibility in the Tech-Mediated Classroom,” was published in 2019 by IGI Global.

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