Matt Newcomb joined the New Paltz faculty as an Assistant Professor specializing in Rhetoric and Composition in 2008. He coordinates the Composition Program at SUNY New Paltz and continues researching affective rhetoric, argument theory, and composition pedagogy. He recently has been working on issues of design and writing and gamification issues and teaching.
His teaching includes writing courses, composition theory, and literary theory.
• “Sustainability as a Design Principle for Composition: Situational Creativity as a Habit of Mind.” College Composition and Communication 63.4 (June 2012): 593-615. Print.
• “Feeling the Vulgarity of Numbers: The Rwandan Genocide and the Classroom as a Site of Response to Suffering.” JAC 30.1-2 (2010): 175-213. Print.
• “For a Wiki Click Here: Choose Your Own Adventure Stories as a Pedagogical Match for Wiki Interfaces.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 14.2 (Spring 2010). PraxisWiki section. Web. (with Amy Nimon).
• “Arguing at Play in the Fields of the Lord: Charles Sanders Peirce’s Rhetorical Theory in ‘A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God.’” College Composition and Communication. 61.1 (2009): 172 (continued online). Print and Web.
• “Totalized Compassion: The (Im)possibilities for Acting out of Compassion in the Rhetoric of Hannah Arendt.” JAC 27.1-2 (2007): 105-33. Print.
• “Taking Attendance: Absent Writing and the Value of Suffering.” JAC 24.3 (2004): 755-84. Print.
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