Dr. Cheryl E Ball is an Associate Professor of New Media Studies in the English Department at Illinois State University. Her areas of specialization include multimodal composition and editing practices, digital media scholarship, and digital publishing. She teaches writers to compose multimodal texts by analyzing rhetorical options and choosing the most appropriate genres, technologies, media, and modes for a particular situation.
Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She has published articles in a range of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, and media studies journals including Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She has also published several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including RAW: Reading and Writing New Media with Jim Kalmbach (Hampton, 2010); The New Work of Composing with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman (CCDP/USUP, 2012); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects with Kristin Arola and Jennifer Sheppard (Bedford, 2013).
During the 2013-14 academic year, Ball will be a Fulbright scholar in Norway, at the Oslo School of Architeture and Design (AHO). Following, she will take up a position as Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University. Her online portfolio can be found at http://ceball.com/.