Expertise with new/multi/modal/visual/digital/media technologies desired: Tracing composition's evolving relationship with technology through the MLA JIL

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This article reports on the results of a detailed examination of the past two decades of MLA Job Information List advertisements to identify the changing ways in which members of the field of rhetoric and composition have talked about the kinds of texts, technologies, and composing practices they are looking for in the teaching and research of new hires. This study catalogued the ways in which seventeen technology-related keywords have been used in MLA job advertisements over the past two decades. It discusses how trends can be understood through the lens of significant developments in the field of computers and writing suggests future trajectories. Finally, it argues that by taking ownership over the way we name and define the new composing practices and technologies we have come to value, we will be better positioned to guide the development of our students and articulate the importance of our work in a way that ensures its continuation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-75
Number of pages16
JournalComputers and Composition
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014



  • Composition
  • Computer
  • Digital
  • Field
  • JIL
  • Job
  • Job information list
  • MLA
  • Market
  • New media
  • Online
  • Technology
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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