Cheryl Ball

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,

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.

Languages: English

Writer/Designer by Cheryl Ball
Writer/Designer by Cheryl Ball



Loewe, Drew, & Ball, Cheryl E. (Eds.). (2017). Bad ideas about writing. WVU Libraries, Morgantown, WV: Digital Publishing Institute. [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. 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. [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!].

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].

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).

Ball, Cheryl E., & Eyman, Douglas. (2015). Editorial workflows for multimedia-rich scholarship. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 18(4). [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].

Arola, Kristin; Ball, Cheryl; & Sheppard, Jennifer. (2014, January 10). Multimodality as a frame for individual and institutional change. Hybrid Pedagogy. multimodality-frame-individual-institutional-change/

Ball, Cheryl E. (2013). Multimodal revision techniques in webtexts. Classroom discourse, 5(1), 1–15.

Ball, Cheryl E. (2012–13). Editorial pedagogy: A professional philosophy for developing authors, editors, and designers [a three-part series]. Hybrid Pedagogy. 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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