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15 K r i s t i n e B l a i r DOI: 10.7330/9781607326625.c015 KRISTINE L. BLAIR is professor of English and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Youngstown State University. The author or co-author of numerous publications on gender and technology , the politics of distance learning, electronic portfolios, and feminist pedagogies, Blair currently serves as editor of both the international print journal Computers and Composition and its separate companion journal Computers and Composition Online. She is also a recipient of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Technology Innovator Award and the Computers and Composition Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. A former member of the doctoral program in Rhetoric and Writing at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) from 1996 to 2016, where she also served as Department Chair from 2005 to 2014, Blair’s career as a writing teacher has been a diverse one. Early in her career she taught in California community college programs that included Folsom Prison. She has also developed and taught computer literacy courses for older adults in Wood County, Ohio and developed and co-facilitated the Digital Mirror Computer Camp for Girls, a federally funded initiative for which she received BGSU’s President’s Award for Collaborative Research with Graduate Students. As a graduate educator, Blair has directed over fifty dissertations and served as the chair of the CCCC Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition. She received BGSU Graduate Student Senate’s Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award in 2004 and 2009, along with a doctoral advisee award for her supervision of BGSU’s award-winning dissertation in the Humanities in 2015. A former faculty Senate Chair, in 2014 Blair received BGSU’s Women of Distinction Award as well as the BGSU Faculty Senate Award for Leadership as a Department Chair. Blair’s interview took place on July 15, 2013, in Christine Tulley’s office at The University of Findlay. Kristine Blair   139 christine: You have several projects where work is explicitly feminist: articles, book chapters, edited collections, while other projects are less so. Has your methodology changed over the years? kris: I think that I’ve gone from a strictly theoretical frame, in terms of feminist theory and method, to much more of an action oriented frame. The emphasis may be different in the pieces I write but the goals might be similar. It’s not all that different from when you and I started work back in 1999 researching cybergirls and working with adolescent girls’ literacy practices. christine: How do you think you’ve moved from theory to action in your writing? kris: I think the difference from moving from theory to action is that I started branching out and working with different populations. We worked with adolescent girls. I’ve worked with senior citizens. I’ve worked with faculty. I’ve certainly worked again with adolescent girls for a more recent camp at BGSU. I’ve written about all of these projects . So it’s about finding those contexts to write about and working from there versus starting with theory first. christine: Does the writing itself start differently? kris: A lot of the writing that I initially end up doing starts as something like grant writing so you can get the resources to carry out some of these different multimodal research methods, whether feminist or not. That research is used to tell the later stories in the articles or chapters. christine: Would you say your work is becoming more narrative in nature? kris: I think narrative has always been part of it, even from the very beginning. In the research on literacy of older adults, I developed a curriculum, taught a class for senior citizens, collected data based on the findings, and really figured out the best way to both collect and represent that data. I’m very interested in, and have always been interested in, the role of narrative as a form of methodology, and I don’t think that’s changed so much. I think that the different contexts in which my narrative and feminist interests have played out over the years have changed. I’m also more interested in viewing the populations I research as not necessarily participants or subjects in the really clinical, objective sense but as partners I find. christine: Can you explain what you mean by that? kris: I think as I research and write it means...


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