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Michael J. Cripps, Ph.D.

Professor of Rhetoric & Composition

Academic Director, School of Arts and Humanities

Director of Composition


Marcil Hall 116

Michael J. Cripps serves as academic director of the newly formed School of Arts and Humanities at the University of New England. He also directs English Composition, as well as the university's innovative HuMed Program. He is Editor for Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing, an online, international peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles related to writing in disciplinary contexts. He serves on the editorial board for the WAC Clearinghouse, a venue internationally recognized as the leading resource for information related to the writing-across-the-curriculum movement, and is a founding member of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC). He is a member of the Northeast Writing across the Curriculum Consortium (NEWACC), the first regional WAC organization in the US, and serves as the webmaster for NEWACC.  He was the recipient of the 2005 Kairos Best Webtext Award for "#FFFFFF, #000000, & #808080: Hypertext Theory and WebDev in the Composition Classroom," published in Computers & Composition Online. He teaches first-year writing at UNE, as well as a variety of advanced composition courses. 



University of Connecticut
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
University of Connecticut
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Digital humanities
Writing instruction
Writing pedagogy


Current research

Writing program organizational change within the context of general education reform; interface literacy and video podcasting; technical communications and single sourcing.

Selected publications

Cripps, Michael J. "Wrangling Writing Intensives: A Case Vignette." Sustainable WAC: A Whole Systems Approach to Launching and Developing WAC Programs. Ed. Michelle Cox, Jeff Galin, and Dan Melzer, forthcoming 2018.

Cripps, Michael J., Hall, Jonathan, & Robinson, Heather. "A Way to Talk about the Institution as Opposed to Just my Field": WAC Fellowships and Graduate Student Professional Development. Across the Disciplines, 13.3. 2016.

Cripps, Michael J. "The Faculty Administrator." Inside Higher Ed (May 2014).

Cripps, Michael J., & Robinson, Heather M. "Writing Program Building in a Compromised Space: The Small College in a Public University Setting." Composition Forum 29 (2014).

Cripps, Michael J. "Tool Tip: Xtranormal for Educators."  Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (October 2012).

Cripps, Michael J. "Technical Communications in the Transition to an OSS Content Management System and Single Sourcing: An Academic Institutional Case Study." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 41.4. 2011.

Cripps, Michael J. & Robinson, Heather M. "Writing as a Site of Contention in General Education Reform." WPA 2010 Conference Proceedings. Ed. Charles Lowe and Terra Williams, 2011.

Cripps, Michael J. "Screencasting and the Development of Interface Literacy: A Research Progress Report." Discover 2. Fall 2009. 

Miller, Richard E. & Cripps, Michael J. "Minimum Qualifications: On Local Solutions to General Staffing Problems." Discord and Direction: The Postmodern Writing Program Administrator. Ed. Carolyn Handa and Sharon McGee, 2005.

Cripps, Michael J. "#FFFFFF, #000000, & #808080: Hypertext Theory and WebDev in the Composition Classroom." Computers & Composition Online. Spring 2004. 

Cripps, Michael J. "Writing Between the Lines." Instructor's Resource Manual for The New Humanities Reader. Ed. Kurt Spellmeyer and Richard E. Miller, 2003.

Cripps, Michael J. "Between Linearity and Nonlinearity: The Research Essay as Hypertext.." Enculturation. 4:2 Fall 2002.

Other scholarly activity

"Confirming and Contesting Perceptions of Spaces for Writing: Putting CSWC and Institutional Data in Conversation with the Writing Curriculum." April 2011: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

"Blogs, Rubrics, and ePortfolios in an Advanced Writing Course." December 2010: 9th Annual CUNY Information Technology Conference.

"Writing in the Core and in the Majors: What the Consortium for the Study of Writing in College Questions Can (and Cannot) Tell Us" November 2010: Third International Writing and Critical Thinking Conference

"Interface Literacy: Screencasts, GUIs, and Computer-Mediated Authorship" September 2009: Georgia Conference on Information Literacy.

"Reimagining Writing Center-WAC Collaborations." March 2009: Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association Conference.

"Waving at WI or Making Waves? WI Requirements, Institutional Fragility, and WAC/WID Renewal." March 2009: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

"Basic Writing in a Vacuum: Supporting Developmental Writers in a Post-Remediation World." February 2009: Basic Composition in the Works Conference.

"The Content Management System as Catalyst: A Case Study." December 2008: CUNY Information Technology Conference.

"Crossing Borders and Collaborating with Stakeholders" May 2008: International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.

"Changing Realities and Creating WAC Synergies Through Film: A Case Study of Institutional Embeddedness in Multiple Media" March 2008: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

"Collaborating across the Curriculum: Peaks and Pitfalls." May 2007: International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.

"Code Switching, Hypertext Skins, and (Inter)Active Audiences." March 2007: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

"Assessing our Community: Common Ground & Difference." March 2006: Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Research interests

Writing Program Administration. Writing Across the Curriculum; Technical writing in single-source