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John Tinnell, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Office Location: 1051 NP, 101
Office Hours: MW 2:00-3:00, or by appointment
Phone: (303) 556-5836
Fax: (303) 556-2959
Areas of Expertise:
Digital Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Media Theory, Technology & Culture


Education & Degrees

PhD, University of Florida

MA, University of Florida

BA, Stetson University


John Tinnell's current research centers on developing principles to help orient rhetorical inquiry and digital creativity amid the paradigm shift from personal computing to ubiquitous computing. His book project is tentatively entitled _Actionable Media: Digital Rhetoric beyond the Desktop_. He is co-editing an interdisciplinary scholarly collection entitled _All the World's a Link: Perspectives on Augmented Reality across Art, Industry, and the Humanities.

Previously, he taught courses in the English Department at the University of Florida and in the Emerging Media and Communication Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. His teaching interests include rhetorical theory, the history of writing, community media practices, and digital culture; he has published journal articles and book chapters on topics such as sustainability, techno-human relations, mobile media, and interface design.

Selected Publications

“Computing En Plein Air: Augmented Reality and Impressionist Aesthetics.” _Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies_. Issue 20, Vol. 1 (February 2014).

“Transversalising the Ecological Turn: Four Components of Felix Guattari’s Ecosophical Perspective.” _Deleuze Studies_. Issue 6 Vol. 3 (August 2012).

“Post-Media Occupations for Writing Theory: From Augmentation to Autopoiesis.” _Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology_. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin. Routledge, 2012.

“All the World’s a Link: The Global Theater of Mobile World Browsers.” _Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture_. Issue 12 (January 2012).

Courses Taught

ENGL 3084: Multimedia Composition
ENGL 4081: Argumentation and Logic
ENGL 4190/5190: Electronic Publishing and Digital Culture