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3 D à n i e l l e D e Vo s s DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c003 DÀNIELLE NICOLE DEVOSS is a professor of professional writing at Michigan State University (MSU). She currently serves as associate chair and director of graduate programs in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. She is the co-author of Cultures of Copyright with Martine Rife and co-editor on several projects, including Because Digital Writing Matters with Elyse Eidman-Aadahl and Troy Hicks, Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation with Heidi McKee, Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues with Heidi McKee which won the 2007 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. She has also co-edited, with Heidi McKee and Dickie Selfe, Technological Ecologies and Sustainability, the first title to be published by Computers and Composition Digital Press, the first digital press in the US with a university press imprint. Her work has appeared in College English; Computers and Composition; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. DeVoss received the Computers and Composition Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the field and was recognized as a Beal Outstanding Faculty member at Michigan State in 2016. In addition to the above accomplishments, DeVoss served for five years as the director of professional writing at Michigan State University, advising all students in the major, serving as internship coordinator, and innovating the curriculum for the undergraduate BA program. She has taught introductory web-authoring courses, upper-level document design classes, and classes focused on nonprofit communications. Beyond the major at MSU, she’s also taught courses in digital humanities and in social and cultural entrepreneurship. Her teaching has been informed by and related to other administrative work she’s done, including directing the digital humanities initiative and running a creativity , innovation, and entrepreneurship incubator in her college. The interview took place on January 30, 2014, via Skype. Dànielle DeVoss   51 dànielle: This is such a fascinating project. I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to talk about this. Just yesterday, a student in a class said, “How do you write? You publish books, right? How do you do this?” And I realized, you know what? For being in a field that tends to privilege pedagogy and process we don’t talk about our own very much. christine: One comment that always comes up when your name is mentioned is something like this: “That woman is a machine. She has at least four publications every year, she’s always super busy, she collaborates , she does digital, she does print, the whole thing.” You’ve got a really productive CV by the mid-career point. What’s your secret? dànielle: Golly, wish I knew. christine: [laughs] dànielle: I don’t say no to anything. christine: Ok, so that’s one. dànielle: And that is not a good secret. That’s a dirty, horrible secret. Honestly, what I think it comes down to is I’m just the type of person, and the type of writer, and I always have been, where I’m more productive the more I have on my plate. Unfortunately, over the last year especially, I’ve realized that the plate gets full and falls to the ground and smashes. christine: Where do you begin to tackle that plate? dànielle: The first thing I do when I get in to work every morning is open up my word processing program and I have a “to-do” list. At the top it has monthly deadlines, and then I have weekly stuff, and then I have daily stuff. So I’ll have a list of ten or twelve things that I’m toggling between every day. christine: What does a typical day look like? dànielle: Yesterday I had to respond to student projects. I had to finish prepping for class in the afternoon. I had to prep for a committee meeting with a grad student. I had to send out agendas for a couple of different committees that I’m chairing. I had to respond to eight billion emails. I had two letters of recommendation to write, and then in the middle of all that Martine Rife and I are finishing up another book, and I needed to respond to some edits that our editors suggested . So that was like the little research window. christine: Wow. dànielle: I have usually fifteen, sixteen apps open on my computer, and I...


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