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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Robert Cummings

Bob Cummings HeadshotI earned the Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a focus on the intersection between Rhetoric and Composition and digital technology. This training led to both Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom (co-edited with Matt Barton) and Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia. I now serve as an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Department for Writing and Rhetoric, which in 2010-2011 will consolidate Freshman English, the Writing Center, and Writing Across the Curriculum at the university.


  • Ph.D. English, University of Georgia (2006)
  • M.A. English, University of Mississippi (1999)
  • B.A. English University of Tennessee (1990)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Electronic Literacy, Network Rhetorics, and Humanities Computing
  • Pedagogy


  • Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia. Vanderbilt UP, 2009.

Co-Edited Volume

  • Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom. Ed. Robert E. Cummings and Matt Barton. digitalculturebooks (an imprint of University of Michigan Press): 2008.


  • “Reflection, Revision, and Assessment in First-year Composition ePortfolios.” (with Christy Desmet, Deborah Church Miller, June Griffin and Ron Balthazor). JGE: The Journal of General Education 57.1 (2008): 15-30.
  • “Coding with Power: Toward a Rhetoric of Computer Coding and Composition.”Computers and Composition 23.4 (December 2006): 430-43.
  • “Writing (with) XML.” (with Ron Balthazor, Christy Desmet, Alexis Hart, and Angela Mitchell). Readerly/Writerly Texts. 11.1/2 and 12.1/2 (2005): 29-46.
  • “: Re-forming Composition with XML.” Literary and Linguistic Computing (with Christy Desmet, Ron Balthazor, Alexis Hart, Nelson Hilton, and Angela Mitchell). 20 (Suppl 1 2005): 25-46.
  • “Thoreau’s Divide: Rediscovering the Environmental Activist / Agriculturalist Debate in Walden’s ‘Baker Farm.’” Nineteenth-Century Prose. 31.2 (Fall 2004): 206-229.

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Curriculum Vita