Photo of Dr. Matthew Vetter speaking at WikiConference North America in October 2018
Speaking at WikiConference North America in October, 2018

I’m Matt Vetter (PhD, MFA), Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I am affiliate faculty in the Composition and Applied Linguistics (CandAL) PhD Program. I have formerly taught at Ohio University’s Zanesville campus as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Ohio University Athens during my doctoral training.

I earned a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University in the Spring of 2015. During my time there, I taught a variety of courses in writing and rhetoric and helped direct the writing program as Assistant Director of Composition. My dissertation project, Teaching Wikipedia: The Pedagogy and Politics of an Open Access Writing Community, focused on opportunities provided by the encyclopedia for teaching writing while also working to interrogate its open access philosophy through an investigation of issues of access and representation. I have been teaching with Wikipedia since 2011, and I continue to partner with the Wiki Education Foundation to incorporate Wikipedia-based assignments into my classes. To date, I have taught 12 courses that incorporated Wikipedia-based assignments. 149 students in these courses have edited 171 articles and created 12 new articles, contributing a total of 118,000 words. I am also a somewhat frequent editor in Wikipedia and have made over a thousand edits in the last 5 years. 

I am the recipient, with Dr. Alexandria Lockett, of the 2018-2019 College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Initiative Award in support of the research project, “How do Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies Faculty Engage Wikipedia? A Scaled Survey of Attitudes and Uses.” I have also been awarded multiple grants from the Wikimedia Foundation in support of Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons held at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

I am currently a Section Editor at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and, starting in late 2018, a co-editor (with Dana Driscoll and Mary Stewart) of Writing Spaces, an open access composition textbook series.

As a scholar in writing, rhetoric, and digital humanities, I am interested in the ways that technologies shape writing and writing pedagogy. I am drawn toward investigations of the ideological and epistemological functions of technologies and digital communities and the possibilities for human intervention and praxis within those spaces. I have recently published critical work in College EnglishComposition Studies, Computers and Composition: An International Journal, Computers and Composition Online, the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, Harlot, Technoculture, the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Pedagogy, Hybrid Pedagogy, and publications sponsored by the Wiki Education Foundation. My work has also appeared in a recent edited collection, Library Service and Learning: Empowering Students, Inspiring Social Responsibility, and Building Community Connections, published by the American Library Association (ALA).

In my teaching, I seek out opportunities for students to write in venues where they can reach concrete audiences and come to understand how writing can effect real world change.

I also earned an M.A. in English from Morehead State University in 2010 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in 2008. As a poet, my work has appeared in numerous national and regional literary journals including Midwest Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, The Louisville Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies. A Pushcart Prize and AWP Intro Award Nominee, I was the 2009 winner of the Danny Miller Memorial Award. My first collection of poetry, Kentucky Lullaby, a chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press (2018).

Contact: mvetter (at) iup (dot) edu

Academia Profile: https://iup.academia.edu/MatthewVetter
Wikipedia User Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Matthewvetter
Wiki Education Program Profile: https://dashboard.wikiedu.org/users/Matthewvetter
Goole Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=u_UKDHgAAAAJ&hl=en
Faculty Page: http://www.iup.edu/english/faculty/permanent-faculty/vetter,-matthew/


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