Karl Stolley

  • Associate Professor of Digital Writing & Rhetoric
  • Director, Gewgaws Lab
  • Associate Professor, Information Technology and Management

Karl Stolley is Associate Professor of Digital Writing & Rhetoric and co-director of graduate studies in the Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Stolley regularly teaches courses on web design and development, information architecture, and humanizing technology. He directs Gewgaws Lab (http://gewga.ws), a digital design and development research group and physical lab space dedicated to investigating open-source technologies. Stolley is the author of the book How to Design and Write Web Pages Today (Greenwood Press 2011), which makes the argument for writers designing and developing websites at the source-code level according to Web standards. His publications have appeared in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Stolley earned his doctorate from the rhetoric program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he was webmaster of the world-renowned Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). He has also served as interface editor for Kairos and led its redesign, which was awarded the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Best Journal Design Award in 2008—the first Web-based journal to receive that distinction. Stolley maintains a Web presence at http://karlstolley.com/ and is on Twitter @karlstolley.

Education

Ph.D., Purdue University, English

Research Interests

Social media

Web design and development

User interfaces

Open source and open standards

Sustainability and digital archiving

The rhetoric of programming languages

Awards

2008 Computers & Composition Michelle Kendrick Digital Scholarship Award, June 2009.

2008 Council of Editors of Learned Journals Best Journal Design Award, December 2008 (for work on Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy).

Kairos Graduate Student Award for Technology Service, May 2006.

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, Summer 2006.

Janice M. Lauer Award for Excellence in Dissertation Work, 2005.

Purdue University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2005.

Department of English Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2004.

Purdue Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, Summer 2004.

 

Publications

How to Design and Write Web Pages, Greenwood Press (forthcoming).

Grants

Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Research Grant, March 2008.

Editorial Boards

Editor, Computers and Composition Digital Press

Lead Designer and Interface Editor, Kairos, 2006-2009

Inventio Section Co-Editor with Madeleine Sorapure, Kairos, 2006-2009