Curriculum Vitae

 

Academic Positions

WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
Monmouth, Oregon
Summer 2015-Present
Assistant Professor of English
Director of Professional Writing

  • Wrote descriptions and outcomes for new Professional Writing track
  • Creating Advisory Board for Professional Writing

 

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY
Dayton, Ohio
Fall 2011-Spring 2015
Assistant Professor of English
Director of Professional and Technical Writing

  • Created six new topics courses and seven new syllabi over three years
  • Featured in Dayton Daily News article about collaboration with local STEM school (12/20/2013)
  • Featured in three university press releases about community engagement and securing donations to the college (12/26/2013, 3/7/2014, 4/10/2014)
  • Sought new internships, eventually gained more internships than were eligible students
  • Invited to speak about College of Liberal Arts internship initiative at Fall 2013 event for CoLA faculty
  • Honored for work at 2014 College of Liberal Arts Internship Breakfast event
  • Formed Professional and Technical Writing Club, led career building events each semester

 

Research

PUBLISHED

“Speculative Usability.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. September 4, 2015 (published online before print).

Purdue OWL Podcasts. “Introduction to Rhetoric.” “Invention and Prewriting.” “Logos.” “Ethos.” “Pathos.” “Types of Media.” February 2009. 10 April, 2010. Coauthors Mark Hannah, Morgan Reitmeyer, and Christina Saidy. < http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/733/01 >

“Designing an Effective PowerPoint Presentation.”Purdue Online Writing Lab. 2007. 15 March, 2010. < http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/686/1 >

“Unrequited Adapation: Charlie Kaufman and The Orchid Thief.” From Camera Lens to Critical Lens: Best Film Adaptation Essays. New York: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. Print. 109-123.

 

ACCEPTED
Söderlund, Lars. “Elaborating a Network: Rhetoric’s Relationship with Psychology’s Elaboration Likelihood Model and the Promise and Risks of Expanding It.”
Status: Accepted by co-editors Jeff Rice and Brian McNely for their Networked Humanities book, 11/5/2013

 

SUBMITTED

Söderlund, Lars and Jaci Wells. “Beyond “Just Sit Down and Do It”: Writing Advice from Published Rhetoric and Composition Scholars.” Composition Studies.
Submitted 9/16/2015

Hannah, Mark, Nathaniel Rivers, and Lars Söderlund. “Big Data, a Rhetorical Thing.” Enculturation.
Submitted 9/16/2015.

 

IN PROGRESS

Söderlund, Lars, John Spartz, and Ryan Weber. “Sounding the Board: The Role of Advisory Boards in Technical Communication Programs.” Intended journal: Programmatic Perspectives.
Intending to submit by September 30.

 

EDUCATION

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
West Lafayette, Indiana
Fall 2006-Summer 2011
PhD in Rhetoric and Composition

  • Focus on study of writing and communication with attention to classical rhetoric, public rhetorics, and new media
  • Dissertation: Catalyzing Persuasion: Toward a Theory of Kairos and Repetition, a rhetorical theory-based study of the interplay between repetitive communication and time in wide-scale persuasive acts
  • Dissertation Committee: Thomas Rickert (chair), Patricia Sullivan, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Daniel Smith, Samantha Blackmon

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia, South Carolina
Fall 2004-Summer 2006
MA in 20th Century American Literature

  • Emphasis in 20th Century postmodern novel and Film Studies
  • Thesis: The Man Possessed, The Man Blessed: Gender Politics in Two Films by Charlie Kaufman
  • Thesis committee: Susan Courtney (chair), Ina Hark

 

XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fall 2000-Fall 2003
Honors BA in English, Cum Laude

  • Awarded Presidential Scholarship and Edgecliff Alumni Scholarship
  • Student Liaison between Edgecliff College and Xavier University

 

Grants and Donations

$67,000 donation secured for College of Liberal Arts from Madcap Software and Adobe Systems March 2014

$3,722 Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant won from College of Liberal Arts March 2014

$500 Founders Fund Grant awarded to hold student event with invited guests for Professional and Technical Writing club February 2014

 

PRESENTATIONS

RHETORIC
“How to Hide an Atomic Bomb, Spy on Your Neighbors, and Build a Space Telescope: Lessons from Government Networks on Technology and Secrecy.” Panel. Rhetoric and Society of America Conference. 5/22/2014.

“The International Tech Writing Class: Planning a Graduate Course with TESOL, ESL, and Technical Writing Faculty.” Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Annual Conference. 10/11/13.

“Transcending Complex Systems: The Potential for Suggestion Pedagogy.” Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. 2/15/13.

“Assessing Popular Science in Theory.” 16th Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. Las Vegas, NV. 3/13/13.

“Me Teacher, You Student: The Promises and Practices of Digital Nativity.” Panel. Computers and Writing National Conference. 5/17/12.

“The Vicious Cycle: Memory, Loss, and Return.” Panel. Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Conference. Indianapolis, IN. 10/28/10.

“Dis/Connecting the Downturns: Metaphors and Time in Recession Rhetoric.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN. 5/31/10.

“Kairotical Memory: How Collective Memory Processes Form Kairotic Moments.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY. 3/18/10.

“Emergent Kairos.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA. 3/13/09.

“Talkin’ Bout my Lacrimation: The Rhetoric of Affect in Public Crying.” Miami English Graduate and Adjunct Association Symposium. Oxford, OH. 3/28/09.

“Theatrical Power: The Rhetoric of Power in Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM. 2/15/07.

 

PEDAGOGY
“One Piece at a Time: A Web Design Pedagogy of Gradual Growth.” Computers and Writing Conference. West Lafayette, IN. 6/22/10.

“Professional Formatting Rules of Thumb: Sustainable Business Writing Visual Critique Skills for Tutor Training.” East Central Writing Center Association Conference. West Lafayette, IN. 4/4/09.

“Questioning Received Knowledge: Research in WC Theory and Practice.” Panel. East Central Writing Center Association Conference. Columbus, OH. 4/11/09.

“Access and Competition: Profile of a Digital Information Literacy Business.” Georgia Conference on Information Literacy. Savannah, GA. 10/3/08.

 

FILM AND LITERARY CRITICISM
“I’se Sho’ Gwine to Hear Him: Rhetorical Dialect in Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery. College English Association Conference. New Orleans, LA. 4/13/07.

“Who Knows Crap About Life: Gendered Writing Styles in Adaptation.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Boston, MA. 4/7/07.

“Langston Hughes and the Rainbow Mystery of Harlem.” College English Association Conference. San Antonio, TX. 3/8/06.

“Unrequited Adaptation: Charlie Kaufman and The Orchid Thief.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. San Diego, CA. 3/24/05.

 

TEACHING AWARDS

Spring 2010
Dean’s Award for Best Instructor Project
Awarded, with panel. The Introductory Composition at Purdue showcase gives the Dean’s award for best instructor project. Our project developed pedagogical approaches to the graphic novels of Harvey Pekar, the late writer.

Spring 2007
Quintilian Award for Top Instructor Ratings
Awarded. Award was given by Introductory Composition at Purdue Program for the achievement of teaching scores within top ten percent of all instructors.

2005-2006 Academic Year
Irene D. Elliot Award for Outstanding Teacher
Nominated. Award is nominated and granted by the faculty and staff of University of South Carolina.

2005-2006 Academic Year
Cile Moise Award for Outstanding Teacher
Nominated. Award is nominated and granted by ENGL-101 students of University of South Carolina.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Professional Concerns, WR 596/496 (1 section)

Writing Across Media, WR 323 (1 section)

Business Writing, WR 321 (1 section)

College Writing II, WR 135 (1 section)

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

New Media and Composition, ENG 7430 (1 section)

Rhetoric and the Power of Suggestion, ENG 780 (1 section)

Professional Writing Software, ENG 6640/4640 (1 section)

Documentation and Usability, ENG 6640/4640 (1 section)

Grant Writing and Usability, ENG 6640/4640 (1 section)

Popular Professional and Technical Writing, ENG 605/405 (1 section)

Usability and Documentation, ENG 605/405 (1 section)

Document Design, ENG 600/400 and 6420/4620 (2 sections)

Technical Writing, ENG 333 and 5610/3610 (2 sections)

Composition and Argument, ENG 102 (2 sections)

Academic Research and Writing, ENG 101 (1 section)

 

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Technical Writing, ENGL-42100 (3 sections)

Business Writing, ENGL-42000 (3 sections)

Multimedia Writing, ENGL-41900 (2 sections)

Writing Lab Tutor, Guide, Workshop Leader, Conversation Group Leader (2 academic years, 1 summer)

Introduction to Composition, ENGL-10600 (4 sections)

Introduction to Composition, ENGL-10600: Computer Information Technology Learning Community

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Composition, ENGL-101 (1 section)

Composition and Literature (2 sections)

Themes in American Writing: “American Sanity and Neurosis,” ENGL-285 (2 sections)

Senior Research Assistant to Paula Feldman, PhD, and Meili Steele, PhD

Personal Tutor for Varsity Track Athletes

 

SERVICE

WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Director (Fall 2015-Present) Professional Writing Program
Co-writer (Summer 2015)Professional Writing Track Proposal, course descriptions and outcomes

 

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY

Director (2011-Present) Professional and Technical Writing Program
Founder and Advisor (Fall 2011-Present) Professional and Technical Writing Club
Elected Member (2013-Present) Faculty Senate Information Technology Committee
Elected member (2012-Present) Senate Elections Committee
Invited Member (Fall 2013-Spring 2014) College of Liberal Arts Technology Committee
Member (Fall 2011-Spring 2012) English Department Technology Committee

 

PRESENT TENSE: A JOURNAL OF RHETORIC IN SOCIETY
Reviewer (2011-Present) Review Board

 

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Co-Founder (Fall 2009) Rhetoric Society of America Chapter at Purdue
Webmaster (Spring 2008-Spring 2010) Rhetoric and Composition PhD Student Prelim Website
Elected Member (Fall 2009-Spring 2010) Excellence in Teaching Committee
Leader (Fall 2008-Spring 2010) Syllabus Approach for Composition: “Writing Their Way into Purdue”
Member (Fall 2008-Spring 2009) Planning Committee for ECWCA Conference
Elected Member (Fall 2006-Spring 2008) Introductory Writing Committee
Designer (Fall 2007, Fall 2008) Professional Writing Showcase Logo

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

President (Fall 2005-Spring 2008) Graduate English Association
Secretary (Fall 2004-Spring 2005) American Literature Colloquium

 

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING

PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Spring 2010
Graduate Teaching Certificate

Fall 2008
Professional Writing Practicum (ENGL 505M)

Fall 2007-Spring 2008
Professional Writing Practicum (ENGL 505M)

Fall 2007-Spring 2008
Teaching First Year Composition (ENGL 505A and 505B)

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

Fall 2006-Spring 2007
Teaching of Composition (ENGL 701A and 701B)