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Dr. Ron Scott

Ronald Scott

Division Chair and Associate Professor of English

B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Oregon State University; Ph.D., University of Arizona

Walsh University
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, Ohio44720
United States

Dr. Ron Scott Prepares Students to Write for the Digital Culture

Dr. Ron Scott Prepares Students to Write for the Digital Culture

Walsh faculty are always looking for ways to prepare graduates for career success. Dr. Ron Scott is no exception. As chair of the Division of Language & Letters, Scott has been an integral part of the development of a new writing major for 2015 that will include a focus on writing for digital communications. Putting a spin on the traditional English or professional writing major, the new major will prepare students for careers in areas such as social media analysis, technical writing, print and broadcast journalism, advertising, strategic public relations and integrated communications.

“Today’s messages are often multimodal and include graphics, sound, video and other visual components, as well as text” Dr. Scott explained. “Even in the traditional writing cultures of English, literature and journalism, we need to understand that there are different nuances when you add the digital element.”

Scott is helping to develop coursework that will preserve the essential foundation of the written word but also incorporates the latest digital communication tools, visual culture and the Internet.

“We don’t want to use technology just because it looks cool or is considered fun. We need to make sure we know what potential employers are looking for and prepare our students accordingly,” Dr. Scott said. “Our graduates are going to know Google Analytics and understand the value of a hashtag. In fact, digital communications will be their second language.”

Publications

Ron, Scott. "We Can Be Heroes': the Rhetoric of Technology and the Cult of the Inventor." Technoculture: an Online Journal of Technology in Soceity 1(2011): N. pag. Web. 1 Sept. 2011.<http://tcjournal.org/drupal/vol1/scott>.

"'Putting Our Heads in Jars': The Transhumanist Movement and Technological Determinism." in: Computers and Culture, Cambridge, Fall 2008. (forthcoming)

"'Now I'm Feeling Zombified': Playing the Zombie On-line.- Zombie Culture: Studies of the Monster that Won't Go Away." Ed. Shawn McIntosh and Marc Leverett. Scarecrow Press, 2008.

"Simulation or Simulacra": The Promise and Reality of Sports Games. Co-authored with Judd Ruggill. Works and Days. Winter 2006, pp 63-70.

"Whose Language is This? The Corporatization of the University". New Directions. University of Arizona. 1998.

Presentations

"Sticking to the Storyline: Blue-collar Identity in the Computer Classroom." CCCC. San Antonio, Texas. 2004.

"The Learning Games Initiative." Computers and Writing Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. 2004.

'"Is He the One' The Matrix and the Rhetoric of Technology." International Humanities Conference. University of Hawaii, Western Oahu Campus, Honolulu, Hawaii. 2003.

"The Art of Grading French Fries: Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom." Western States Composition Conference. University of Utah, Salt Lake City. 1999.

"The Ideology of the Computer Lab in the Composition Classroom." CCCC. Atlanta, Georgia. 1999.

"'I am the Electric Messiah': Artificial Intelligence and the Cyberpunks". Marxist Literary Conference. Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 1997.

"Changing Hats: The Teaching Assistant at the Writing Center." Western States Composition Conference. University of Seattle, Seattle, Washington. 1996.

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