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Faculty Profile

Robert E Cummings

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Academic Innovations Group
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC INNOVATION ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF WRITING AND RHETORIC AND DIRECTOR OF THE INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR IN DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIES
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106 Hill Hall
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-1989
Joined UM: July 1, 2009

Areas of Expertise

  • WIKIPEDIA
  • WIKIS
  • WRITING
  • WRITING SKILLS

Brief Bio

Robert Cummings serves as Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. In 2006 he earned the PhD in English from the University of Georgia, with a focus on the connections between rhetoric, composition, and digital technology. His first book was the co-edited volume Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom with Matt Barton, (U of Michigan P digitalculturebooks: 2008). His most recent book is Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt UP, 2009), which won the 2010 MLA Mina Shaughnessy award. Robert Cummings serves as Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Mississippi. His research focuses on Open Educational Resources generally, and more specifically on teaching with Wikipedia in Higher Education as an Open Educational Practice. In 2006 he earned the PhD in English from the University of Georgia, with a focus on the connections between rhetoric, composition, and digital technology. His first book was the co-edited volume Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom with Matt Barton, (U of Michigan P digitalculturebooks: 2008). His next book was Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt UP, 2009), which won the Modern Language Association Mina Shaughnessy award for outstanding scholarly book in the fields of language, culture, literacy, and literature with a strong application to the teaching of English. In 2014 he won a Fulbright Specialist Award to promote teaching with Wikipedia at the Writing Hub at the University of Sydney. He has won three grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, funding the development of Open Educational Resource information on Wikipedia, and establishing a Z- Degree network in Mississippi -- a project on track to save Mississippi students over $7M in textbook costs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Wiki Education Foundation, and his current research focuses on how the introduction of OER in to the classroom impacts teaching and learning practices.

Degrees

BA
English
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE/ KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (1990)
MA
English
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI/ UNIVERSITY, MS (1999)
PhD
English
THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS, GEORGIA (2006)

Committee Memberships

Absence Policy Review Committee
Ad Hoc Committee
Common Reading Program
Other Kind of Committee
Completion and Student Success (CASS)
Other Kind of Committee
DWR - Tenure & Promotion Committee
Ad Hoc Committee
DWR-Digital Media Studies
Ad Hoc Committee
Diversity Liaisons - VCDCE
Other Kind of Committee
Food Bank Committee - CWR
Other Kind of Committee
University Standing Committee
Keep Learning
Task Force
SET Task Force
Task Force
University Standing Committee