Matt has most recently worked on curricular innovation. He helped to create and teach graduate courses in service-learning pedagogy and multimodal composition. He applied for and received a $74,000 Student Success grant through the Provost’s office, and will work to implement the grant during the spring, 2013, semester. The project will promote assignment innovation in order to involve students in digitally engaged work through use of TILE learning spaces and the soon-to-debut Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL) web showcase of student projects.
Prior to joining the Rhetoric faculty as a lecturer in 2011, Matt served six years as the assistant director of the University of Iowa Writing Center where he was acting director in 2008. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. His scholarly interests include writing center pedagogy, online writing instruction, collaborative writing, socio-cultural approaches to literacy education, writing program administration, and creative writing in diverse contexts.
Matt focuses on public engagement through his teaching and volunteering. Students in Matt’s classes have partnered in service-learning projects with the Johnson County Crisis Center, Children of Promise, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, University of Iowa Child Life Services, and the Iowa Youth Writing Project. Matt has led and co-led creative writing workshops for teens in the Iowa City Public Library, for incarcerated men in the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, for people experiencing barriers to stability in the Iowa City Shelter House, and for university students interested in informal writing peer support in the Writing Center.
Matt regularly presents scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences including most recently at the Midwest Writing Centers Association, the International Writing Centers Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and Computers and Writing. He is a founding member of the Online Writing Centers Consortium. He serves on the board of the International Writing Centers Association.