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Chad Duffy

Chad Iwertz Duffy

Assistant Professor of English
Humanities and Teacher Education, Seaver College
CAC 106

Biography

Chad Iwertz Duffy received his PhD in rhetoric, composition, and literacy from The Ohio State University and is assistant professor of English in the Humanities and Teacher Education division and incoming director of the Social Action and Justice Colloquium. Prior to joining the faculty at Pepperdine, he was assistant professor of English at Bowling Green State University, where he taught in the rhetoric and writing studies doctoral program and mentored student research in digital media theory and production, disability justice, and rhetorical history. 

Iwertz Duffy's research is located at the intersection of disability studies and digital media composition: design and framing of access/ibility in civic technologies, epistemology of communication access, and digital embodiment and mētis (the rhetorical practice of embodied intelligence and cunning). He has led and collaborated on research funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

His in-process monograph project under contract with University of Michigan Press, Inventing Access: Rhetorical Creation and the Emergent Methodologies of Speech-to-Text Writers, explores how professional speech-to-text writers across the United States and Canada use emergent technologies and dynamic, world-building approaches to rhetorically invent communication access through writing. His recent work can be found in Computers and Composition, Peitho, and the forthcoming anthologies Amplifying Soundwriting: Theory and Practice in Rhetoric and Writing and Methods for Emerging Researchers in Rhetoric and Composition, the latter of which he is also co-editing with Drs. Erin Bahl and Christa Teston.

Education

  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 2019
  • Iwertz, C., Price, M., & Patrus, R. (2018). In E. Brewer & L. Obermark (Eds.), Passageways and betweenity: A Brenda Jo Brueggemann retrospective. Composition Forum 39.
  • Iwertz, C., & Osorio, R. (2016). Composing captions: A starter kit for accessible media. Peitho 19(1).
  • Blancato, M. & Iwertz, C. (2016). “Are the instructors going to teach us anything?”: Conceptualizing student and teacher roles in the “Rhetorical Composing” MOOC. Computers and Composition: An International Journal 42, 47–58. doi: 10.1016/j.compcom.2016.08.002
  • Walsh, L. [and 33 others, including Iwertz, C.] (2016). The great chain of being: Manifesto on the problem of agency in science communication. Poroi: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention 12(1). doi: 10.13008/2151-2957.1246
  • Presidential Fellowship. 2019
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. 2018
  • Kitty O. Locker Excellence in Business Communication Award. 2018
  • Excellent in Teaching First-Year Writing Award. 2017
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. (2022, May). Agency and assemblage in disability service transcription. Rhetoric Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. & Male, J. (2022, March). Cultures of critical media access: Toward an anti- racist practice for transcription and image description. Disability Studies SIG Sponsored Panel, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago, IL.
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. (2020, May). From transliteration to dynamic equivalence: Speech-to-text writing and the invention of hospitable communication access. Rhetoric Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. (2020, May). Choice, agency, and assemblage in disability service transcription. Rhetoric Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. (2020, March). Inventing access: Commonplaces of disability service transcription. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Milwaukee, WI.
  • Iwertz Duffy, C. (2020, March). Teaching and learning access advocacy: Creating cultures of access across institutional contexts. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Standing Group for Disability Studies Sponsored Wednesday workshop, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Iwertz, C. (2019, March). Spotlight session: Methods for emerging researchers in rhetoric and composition. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Iwertz, C. (2018, March). Writing at the speed of light: Crafting disability access in real time. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MO.
  • Iwertz, C. (2017, October). Feminist teaching as advocacy and action: Disability studies in the Post-Truth Era. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH.
  • Halasek, K. & Iwertz, C. (2017, July). Disabling interventions: A framework for responsive advocacy in writing program administration. Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference. Knoxville, TN.
  • Iwertz, C. (2017, March). Writing access in real time: Kairos, captioning, and the rhetoric of transcription labor. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR.
  • Iwertz, C. (2016, May). Enthymemes of ability and the imagined bodies of universal design. Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
  • Iwertz, C. (2016, April). “I’m not crazy; my mother had me tested”: Disclosure and the formation of unequal access.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX.
  • Osorio, R. & Iwertz, C. (2016, April). Composing accessibility: The rhetoric of image descriptions and captions. College Composition and Communication. Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, Houston, TX.
  • Iwertz, C. (2016, February). Disability pedagogy. Crip Futurities: The Then and There of Disability Studies, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Iwertz, C. (2015, November). Every life a burden: Medical recognition, disability spectacle and bodily vulnerability in abortion discourse. Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Iwertz, C. & Blancato, M. (2015, May). “Are the instructors going to teach us anything?”: conceptualizing student roles in the “Rhetorical Composing” MOOC. Computers and Writing, Stout, WI.
  • Iwertz, C. (2015, March). Pedagogies of independent living: Bodily agency in disability rights activism and the writing classroom. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL.
  • Blancato, M. & Iwertz, C. (2015, March). Moving the massive open course into the public sphere. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Digital Pedagogy Poster, Tampa, FL.
  • Iwertz, C. (2014, April 23). The paradox machine: Culture/s of ability in the writing classroom. Oregon State University MA Symposium, Corvallis, OR.
  • Iwertz, C. (2014, March). Becoming (dis)abled: Writing technologies and the culture of capability in the classroom. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Iwertz, C., Deitering, A., & Rempel, H. G. (2014, February). Harnessing the web to create an environment that supports curiosity, exploration, and learning. Online Northwest: A Conference on Libraries, Technology, and Culture, Corvallis, OR.
  • Iwertz, C. (2013, October). Disability DIY: 3D printing, pedagogy, and protecting student identity. Two-Year College English Association of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA.
  • Iwertz, C. (2013, April). Romancing the library: Creating space for information literacy in the composition classroom. Oregon Information Literacy Summit, Bend, OR.
  • Iwertz, C. (2013, March). Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote! Oh, my!: Research and reference management in the digital age. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Computer Connection, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Iwertz, C. (2011, April). Will it stick?: Web 2.0 and its place among hypertext theories. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act Grant, $273,248. 2020
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant, $49,837. 2014-16

Topics

  • Disability Studies
  • Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Multimodal Composition
  • Speech-to-text Writing
  • Transcription studies

Courses

  • Social Action and Justice Colloquium
  • Rhetoric for Writers