Assistant Professor

Victor is currently working on a book project titled, The DJ is Precedent: Hip Hop, Community Building, and Technical Communication, that merges discussions on technical communication and community-based modes of knowledge production through research on Hip Hop Practitioners and culture. This book showcases how DJs and their practices can inform contemporary conversations about the connections between culture, technology, and community in and beyond the field of technical communication. Recently, he presented on this work at the 2019 Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference (ATTW) for a talk titled, “The Hip Hop Practitioner: Community-Building as a Model for Communication Design and Accountability,” as well as recently published the article “DJs, Playlists, and Community: Imagining Communication Design through Hip Hop,” in Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ). Dr. Del Hierro also recently presented his work on the Ciudad Juarez and El Paso Borderlands title “Urban Space: Histories of Migration and Invisible Borders” at the Gloria Anzaldua: Translating Borders international colloquium in Paris, France.

Victor frequently attends the ATTW conference, Computers and Writing Conference, and the National Council for Teacher of English convention. In October of 2020, Victor will help host the Sound Studies, Rhetoric, and Writing Conference in Detroit. He offers courses in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication that relates to topics in Hip Hop, Digital Media, Chicanx studies, Sound Studies, and Cultural Rhetorics.

Professor Del Hierro’s CV


Professor and Chair

Sid Dobrin

Positioned within writing studies, Dobrin’s research focuses on three distinct but overlapping subjects: the ecological properties of writing; ecocriticism and ecocomposition, including questions of oceanic criticism; and the relationship between writing and emerging technologies, including questions of contemporary digital and visual/screen culture. Dobrin is also Director of the Trace Innovation Initiative, a research hub that studies emerging writing technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications, comic forms as scholarship, writing ecology, and other cool stuff. Dobrin has been named a Digital Thought Leader by Adobe, and he serves as Chair of the American Sportfishing Association’s Advocacy Committee.

Dobrin’s  latest monograph Fishing, Gone?: Saving the Ocean through Sportfishing, a book about the future of the world’s oceans, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2019. He is currently completing a book and media project called  Blue Ecocriticism, which is scheduled to be published by Routledge. He has also recently completed the co-edited (with Sean Morey) collection Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy, also to be published  by Routledge, and he is wrapping up his edited collection EcoComix, which is scheduled to be published by McFarland Books. His other recent publications include the edited collection Digital Environments (Routledge, 2017), the co-edited collection (with Kyle Jensen) Abducting Writing Studies (Southern Illinois UP, 2016), and the edited collection Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing (Parlor, 2015).

Professor Dobrin’s CV


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