- Ph.D. from McGill University
- Teaching interests include American poetry, modern and contemporary American literature, history and theory of the avant-garde, poetry and politics.
- Rhetoric of science. Narrative theory. New media genres. Technical and scientific communication. Science and literature. Narrative and gaming. Multimodal Composition. Research methodologies in rhetoric and composition. First-year composition. Modern British literature
- Director, 2006 Thomas R.Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition. "Narrative Knowledge/Narrative Action." October 5-7, 2006
- Director, 2008 Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition: "The New Work of Composing." October 16-18, 2008
Honors & Awards:
- Member, CCCC Executive Committee, 2011-2013. 2002.
- Fulbright Senior Scholar. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu Romania.
- Fulbright Senior Specialist. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu Romania.
- Ohio State Visiting Scholar in Digital Media.
- Four-time winner, NCTE Award for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication.
- Senior Fulbright Scholar. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu, Romania. Spring 2002. Fulbright Senior Specialist. Lucian Blaga University. Sibiu, Romania. Spring 2005.
- University of Louisville Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Journet, Debra, Cheryl Ball, and Ryan Trauman, Eds. The New Work of Composing. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2012. Web. http://ccdigitalpress.org/nwc/ 2012 Computers and Composition Best Book of the Year.
Journet, Debra, Beth A. Boehm, and Cynthia Britt. (Eds). Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press. 2011, 282 pp.
“Not to the Sensual Ear: Listening to Jensen Listening to Ratcliffe Listening to Burke.” JAC. Forthcoming.
“Narrative Turns in Composition Research.” New Directions in Writing Studies Research. Ed. Mary P. Sheridan and Lee Ann Nickoson-Massey. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012, 13-24.
“What Constitutes a Good Story? Narrative Knowledge in Process, Post-Process, and Post-Post-Process Composition Research.” Beyond Postprocess. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin, J. A. Rice, and Michael Vastola, and Jeffrey A. Rice. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2011, 41-60.
“George C. Williams, Kenneth Burke, and ‘The Goal of a Fox’: Or, Genes, Organisms, and the Agents of Natural Selection.” Narrative. 19 (2011): 216-228.
“Across the Curriculum: Rhetoric and Composition.” Teaching Narrative Theory. Ed. James Phelan, Brian McHale, and David Herman. New York: MLA, 2010, 61-69. (With Beth A. Boehm)
“Literate Acts in Convergence Culture: Lost as Transmedia Narrative.” Rhetorics and Technologies. Ed. Stuart Selber. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2010, 198-218.
“The Resources of Ambiguity: Context, Narrative, and Metaphor in Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 24 (2010), 29-59.
"Narrative, Action, and Embodiment: The Stories of Myst.”Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail Hawisher. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan. Forthcoming.
“Learning While Doing: Observations of a Multimodal Classroom.” Multimodal Resources. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. Forthcoming.
“Metaphor, Ambiguity and Motive in Evolutionary Biology: W.D. Hamilton and the ‘Gene’s Point of View.’” Written Communication. 22 (2005), 379-420. NCTE Award for Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication: Best Article Reporting Historical or Textual Research
“The Ethics of Reading: Beloved in Romania." Visions and Revisions: Festschrift for Dumitru Cicoi-Pop. Ed. Alexandra Mitrea. Sibiu, Romania: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Press, 2003: 23-43.