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Fred JohnsonFred Johnson

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4231
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Westminster Hall 235
Email: fjohnson@whitworth.edu

Education

Ph.D. and M.A. Ball State University
B.S.Ed. Taylor University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2008

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture; social networks, disruptive agency, and innovation in American literature; film studies; new media studies

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: "About Those Loops," in Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment, Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State (2009); co-author of "A Portable Ecology: Supporting New Media Writing and Laptop-Ready Pedagogy at Ball State University" in Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment, Computers and Composition Digital Press (fall 2008); "Weak Ties and Academic Community" in  Forum: Newsletter of the Committee on Contingent, Adjunct, and Part-Time Faculty, special section in College Composition and Communication (2008); "Surviving a Plague of Blogs: Strategies for Understanding and Managing Online News and Opinion Environments" in Reformation: The Teaching and Learning of English in Electronic Environments (Taiwan: Bookman Books, 2007); "U2, Mythology, and Mass Mediated Survival" in Popular Music and Society (2004).

Presentations include: "MacGuffins and Mad Science: How 'Lost' Dodges Moral Consequences by Ignoring the Bloody Promise of Its Premise," in opening remarks for "Religious Themes and Human Prospect in 'Lost,' a public panel discussion for the Faith, Film, and Philosophy Lecture Series, Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities, Spokane (2010); "The Story of ‘Digital Storytelling: Developing a No-Budget Course in Emerging Writing Technologies," at the Computers and Writing Conference, Purdue University, Indiana (2010); "The Story of 'Digital Storytelling'": Developing a No-Budget Course in Emerging Writing Technologies," at the Computers and Writing Conference, Purdue University, Indian (May 2010); "Starting with Bad PowerPoint: Slideware Instruction and the New Media Composition Course," at the Computers and Writing Conference, UC Davis, Calif. (2009); "The Awe of Arrival: The Devil in the White City and 'End of the Road' Stories" at the Indiana College English Association Annual Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University (2007); "How to Refuse Friendship and Irritate People: The Formation, Fracturing, and Control of Social Networks in Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away" at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, University of Louisville (2007); "From the 'Long Tail' to the Center: How Blogging and the Internet Make Little Things Big" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago (2006); "Exploiting the Apopheniac: How Power Circumvents Itself in William F. Gibson's Pattern Recogniton" at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville (2006).

Awards include: Distinguished Dissertation Award, Ball State Alumni Association (2007).