Cheryl Ball, PhD
Dr. Cheryl E. Ball has two decades of experience helping faculty, staff, and students complete their writing projects across a range of disciplines, languages, and media. She consults on article- and book-length publishing, digital humanities projects, open educational resources, open-access author rights, digital preservation, multimodal pedagogy, publishing pedagogy, grant writing, and tenure/promotion portfolios. She particularly enjoys working with authors and editors whose publications require scholarly multimedia and other non-traditional academic content, such as digital dissertations and digital research projects. Her peer-reviewed research on these and related topics is available for free on her personal repository, http://ceball.com.
From 2004–2017, Ball taught digital rhetoric and publishing at several research universities in the U.S. and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2013–14, where she taught a dissertation writing course for PhD students for several years. Since 2001, she has had the honor of editing Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy—the premier digital journal in writing studies. Her coaching goals are to help authors value their ideas and well-being, work with their embodied words in respectful ways, and ensure their research is accessible and preservable for future readers.
Loewe, Drew, & Ball, Cheryl E. (Eds.). (2017). Bad ideas about writing. WVU Libraries, Morgantown, WV: Digital Publishing Institute. http://textbooks.lib.wvu.edu/badideas [Some chapters cross- published with Inside Higher Ed]
Journet, Debra; Ball, Cheryl E.; & Trauman, Ryan. (Eds.). (2012). The new work of composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. http://ccdigitalpress.org/ nwc [Winner of 2013 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award]
Ball, Cheryl E., & Kalmbach, James. (Eds.). (2010). RAW: Reading and writing new media. Hampton Press: Cresskill, NJ.
Ball, Cheryl E.; Sheppard, Jennifer; & Arola, Kristin L. (2022). Writer/designer: A guide to making multimodal projects, 3rd ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Ball, Cheryl E.; Sheppard, Jennifer; & Arola, Kristin L. (2017). Writer/designer: A guide to making multimodal projects, 2nd ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Arola, Kristin L.; Sheppard, Jennifer; & Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Writer/designer: A guide to making multimodal projects. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Ball, Cheryl E., & Arola, Kristin L. (2010). Visualizing composition (2nd ed. of ix). Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Ball, Cheryl E., & Arola, Kristin L. (2005). ix tech comm: Visual exercises for technical communication [CD-ROM]. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Ball, Cheryl E., & Arola, Kristin L. (2004). ix: Visual exercises [CD-ROM]. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press.
Ball, Cheryl E. (2004). Picturing texts instructor’s guide. W.W. Norton.
Ball, Cheryl E. (2004). Picturing texts [Web content]. W.W. Norton. http://picturingtexts.com [no longer active]
Journal Special Issues
DeVoss, Dànielle Nicole; Ball, Cheryl E.; Selfe, Cynthia; & DeWitt, Scott Lloyd. (Eds.). (2015, June). Computers and Composition and Computers and Composition Online [Double special issues: CIWIC, DMAC, and technology professional development in rhetoric and composition].
Ball, Cheryl E., & DeWitt, Scott Lloyd. (Eds.). (2008). Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy, 12(3) [Special issue: Manifestos!]. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/12.3
Ball, Cheryl E., & Hawk, Byron. (2006, September). Computers & Composition, 23(3) [Special issue: Sound in/as compositional space], 263–396.
Ball, Cheryl E., & Hawk, Byron. (2006, Fall). Computers & Composition Online [Special issue: Sound in/ as compositional space]. http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/sound
Peer-Reviewed Articles & Webtexts
Ball, Cheryl E. (2017). Building a scholarly multimedia publishing infrastructure. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 48(2), 99–115.
Ball, Cheryl E. (2016). The shifting genres of scholarly multimedia: Webtexts as innovation. Journal of Media Innovations, 3(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jmi.v3i2.2548
Ball, Cheryl E., & Eyman, Douglas. (2015). Editorial workflows for multimedia-rich scholarship. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 18(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/3336451.0018.406 [Editorially reviewed]
Ball, Cheryl E. (2015). Sustainable infrastructures and the future of writing studies. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 39(1), 122–137. [Invited]
Eyman, Douglas, & Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Composing for digital publication: Rhetoric, design, code. [Special invited section: Digital scholarship in composition studies]. Composition Studies, 42(1), 114–117.
Ball, Cheryl E. (2014). Adapting peer review for writing classrooms. Writing & Pedagogy, 5(2) [Special issue: Teaching with technology]. http://www.equinoxpub.com/WAP
Arola, Kristin; Ball, Cheryl; & Sheppard, Jennifer. (2014, January 10). Multimodality as a frame for individual and institutional change. Hybrid Pedagogy. http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/ multimodality-frame-individual-institutional-change/
Ball, Cheryl E. (2013). Multimodal revision techniques in webtexts. Classroom discourse, 5(1), 1–15.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19463014.2013.859844
Ball, Cheryl E. (2012–13). Editorial pedagogy: A professional philosophy for developing authors, editors, and designers [a three-part series]. Hybrid Pedagogy. http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/ tag/editorial-pedagogy-series/
Ball, Cheryl E. (2012). Assessing scholarly multimedia: A rhetorical genre studies approach. Technical Communication Quarterly, 21 [Special issue: Making the implicit explicit in assessing multimodal composition], 61–77.
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