Vetter_2019_737Professor of English

Office: 506-P Leonard Hall


  • PhD, English, Ohio University, 2015
  • MA, English, Morehead State University, 2010
  • MFA, Writing, Spalding University, 2008
  • BA, English, Morehead State University, 2005

Academic Interests

Digital Rhetoric, Critical Literacy and Theory, Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Internet Culture, Digital Humanities, Multimodal Composition, Creative Writing, Wikipedia Studies


My research asks questions related to writing, digital technology, and critical literacy. I am interested in the opportunities for writing pedagogy afforded by technology, and the need for cultural critique of communicative interfaces and new media. This agenda includes interrogation of how digital communities and technologies marginalize social groups, identities, or practices, and how we can engage those consequences through intervention and reflective praxis.

My scholarly work has appeared in Computers and Composition Online, Research Library Issues, Composition Studies, Harlot, the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative, and publications sponsored by Wikimedia and the Wiki Education Foundation. I am currently a section editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Since 2011, I have partnered with the Wiki Education Foundation to encourage academic participation in Wikipedia, both by designing student writing assignments and by mentoring other educators through workshops, edit-a-thons, and collaborative learning projects.

I also have a background in creative writing. As a poet, my work has appeared in numerous national and regional literary journals, including Midwest Quarterly, American Life in Poetry, the Louisville Review, and the Journal of Kentucky Studies. I was the 2009 winner of the Danny Miller Memorial Award.

Before joining the faculty at IUP, I was a visiting assistant professor of English at Ohio University Zanesville. Prior to that, I was the assistant director of Composition at Ohio University for two years during my doctoral studies. I grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky and have been in or near Appalachia my entire life. I currently live in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with my wife and three children.

Course Specialties

  • ENGL 846: Digital Rhetoric
  • ENGL 831: Rhetorical Traditions
  • ENGL 830: Teaching Writing
  • ENGL 808: Technology and Literacy
  • ENGL 101: Composition I