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Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Education
Bill Hart-Davidson earned his Ph.D. in 1999 in Rhetoric & Composition from Purdue University. He is a Senior Researcher in the Writing in Digital Environments Research (Center) center and Associate Dean of Research Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Letters. He has published over 75 articles and book chapters and is co-inventor of Eli Review, a software service that supports writing instruction.
In 2023, MSU awarded Hart-Davidson with the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award that honors faculty for their sustained recorded of scholarly excellence in research and creative activities, instruction, and outreach.
Writing & Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Humanities, Experience Architecture, Technical Writing, Science & Medical Writing, Computational Rhetoric
Ph.D. Rhetoric & Composition, Purdue University, 1999
M.A. Writing and Rhetoric, Bowling Green State University, 1994
B.S. Education, Bowling Green State University, 1992
Research or Academic Affiliations
Senior Researcher, WIDE Research Center
Affiliated Researcher, MATRIX Affiliated Researcher, Center for Ethics in Humanities in the Life Sciences
Institutional Liaison, Humanities Without Walls Consortium
Fellow, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
Secretary, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
Sight, Sound, and Practice: An Exploration of the Ways Visualizations Can Support Learning to Compose
Hart-Davidson, W. & Lauren, B. (2020). Sight, Sound, and Practice: An Exploration of the Ways Visualizations Can Support Learning to Compose. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, & Pedagogy. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/25.1/topoi/lauren-hart-davidson/index.html.
Behavioral Indicators of Writing Improvement: Feedback Analytics for Peer Learning
Hart-Davidson, W. & Meeks, M.G. (2020). Behavioral Indicators of Writing Improvement: Feedback Analytics for Peer Learning. In N. Elliot & D. Kelly-Riley (Eds.). Improving Outcomes: Disciplinary Writing, Local Assessment, & the Aim of Fairness. New York: MLA.
Extending the Work of Writing Stewardship: Managing Texts, People, & Projects
Hart-Davidson, W. & Lauren, B. (2020). Extending the Work of Writing Stewardship: Managing Texts, People, & Projects. In T. Bridgeford (Ed.). Teaching Content Management in Technical and Professional Communication. Routledge.
The Primary Care Clinic as Writing Space
Opel, D. S., & Hart-Davidson, W. (2019). The Primary Care Clinic as Writing Space. Written Communication, 0741088319839968.
Rhet Ops: Rhetoric & Information Warfare
Ridolfo, J. & Hart-Davidson, W. (Eds.) (2019). Rhet Ops: Rhetoric & Information Warfare. University of Pittsburgh Press.
Omizo, R. & Hart-Davidson, W. (2016). Hedge—O—Matic. Enculturation 7 http://enculturation.net/hedgeomatic.
Finding genre signals in academic writing
Omizo R., & Hart-Davidson, W. (2016). Finding genre signals in academic writing. Journal of Writing Research, 7(3), 485-‐509.
The Turn to Learning: A View of UX Project Management as Organizational Learning Practice
Hart-Davidson, W. (2015). The Turn to Learning: A View of UX Project Management as Organizational Learning Practice. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD), 7(3), 49—52.
Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities
Ridolfo, James & William Hart-Davidson. (In press for 2014).Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities. Chicago: U of Chicago P.
To Combat Using ChatGPT, College Professors Are "Going Medieval" – Making Students Hand-write Essays And Take Paper Tests
August 26, 2023
College professors are going back to paper exams and handwritten essays to fight students using ChatGPT
August 12, 2023
WILX-TV Online | Lansing, Michigan
August 11, 2023
August 10, 2023
Awards and Honors
2023 MSU William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award
2020 Diana Award presented to Liza Potts, William Hart-Davidson, & Jeff Grabill by the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC)
2016 Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Communication. This award recognizes career contributions and leadership in the field of technical communication
Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award, given to the outstanding book published in the previous year. Awarded to Rhetoric & the Digital Humanities, Ridolfo & Hart-Davidson (Eds.)
2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication Technology Innovator Award. Awarded to the WIDE Research Center. (Grabill, Hart-Davidson, Potts)
XA 375: Information Architecture
WRA 320: Technical Writing
WRA 420: Content Strategy
WRA 482: Information and Interaction Design
WRA 210 & 410: Web Authoring, Advanced Web Authoring
WRA 453: Grant and Proposal Writing
WRA 841: Professional Writing Theory and Research
WRA 885: Research Colloquium
WRA 870: Research Methodologies
AL 881: Teaching with Technology