curriculum vitae

Academic Appointments
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Dayton Department of English  2018-present
Associate Professor of English, University of Dayton  2017-present
Assistant Professor of English, University of Dayton  2011-2017
Teaching Fellow, Kent State University Department of English  2006-2011
Adjunct Instuctor, Stark State College  2005-2011
English Teacher, Villa Maria Academy  2002-2004
Ph.D Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice Kent State University 2011
M.A English-Writing Kent State University 2006
B.A English Education Mercyhurst University 2002
Edited Collection
Thomas, P., & Takayoshi, P., (Eds.). (2016). Literacy in Practice: Writing in Private, Public, and Working Lives.  New York: Routledge.
Book Chapters
Thomas, P. (2017). The Writer Must Have an Authentic Voice. In C. Ball & D. Loewe (Eds.) Bad Ideas about Writing. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Digital Press.
Thomas, P. (2016). Reconfiguring the “patient” identity: Transcontextual writing practices of a person with Multiple Sclerosis. Literacy in practice: Writing in private, public, and working lives (71 – 86). New York: Routledge.
Thomas, P., & Takayoshi, P. (2016).  Methodological matters and the invisibility of literacy. Literacy in practice: Writing in private, public, and working lives (1-14). New York: Routledge.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Thomas, P., Strain, M., & Adams, N. (2015). ‘There and back again:’ How DMAC shaped theprofessional growth of three departmental colleagues.” Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC: Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Digital Environments, 1. Retrieved from
Thomas, P., Langhorne, A., & Kolaczkowski, L. (2013). Untangling the web    of e-Health: Multiple Sclerosis patients’ perceptions of online health information, information literacy, and the impact on treatment decision  making. In A.A. Ozok & P. Zaphiris (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Social Computing (pp. 304-312). Heidelberg: Springer.

Garrison, A., Remley, D., Thomas, P., & Wierszewski (2011). Conventional faces: Emoticonsin instant messaging discourse. Computers & Composition, 28(2), 112-125.

Digital Projects

Developer/Curator. Imprints & Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress – Highlights from the Rose Rare Book Collection. Multimedia curation of over 50 rare manuscripts and critical commentaries developed in partnership with University of Dayton Libraries. 

Site Administrator. Righting America: A Forum for Scholarly Conversation about Christianity, Culture, and Politics in the U.S.

Selected Presentations
Conference Presentations
The Politics of PrEP: Analyzing Public Discourses about HIV Prevention.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. November 2019 (accepted)
“Power, Vulnerability, and Professional Visibility: LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Experiences at the University of Dayton” 2ndAnnual Learning and Teaching Conference: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH: January 2019
“Digital Curation and Community Engagement” Writing Innovation Symposium. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. January 2018.
“Making Writing Visible: Methodological Matters and the Relation between Academic and Non-Academic Literacies” National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research. Eastern Michigan University. February, 2016.
“Risks & Rewards of Participant Engagement in Health Communication Research Design.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 2015. 
“‘Informed’ Patients, ‘Informed’ Courses of Action: Researching Healthcare Deliberation in Online and Face-to-Face Open Access Spaces.“ Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Indianapolis, IN. March, 2014.
“Untangling the web of e-Health: Multiple Sclerosis patients’ perceptions of online health information, information literacy, and the impact on treatment decision making.” Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. Las Vegas, NV. July, 2013.
Recent Invited Presentations
“What’s in a Tweet? Social Media Writing Processes.” University of Dayton Faculty Colloquium. November 13, 2018.
“Designing Case Study Research Projects in English.” University of Dayton Graduate Research Group. March 4, 2018.
“Writing Your Way into Teaching: Writing Job Materials for Pre-Service Teachers.” Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Annual Spring Conference, February, 2017.
“Introduction to Empirical Research in Writing Studies.” ENG 601: Introduction to English Studies. October, 2016.

Thomas, P. “Examining Contemporary Writing Processes on Social Media” National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. August 2020-May 2021. $60,000.00. Under Review.

Thomas, P. “Examining Social Media Writing Processes through Data Visualization.” University of Dayton Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grant. May 2019-June 2020. $14, 085.00. Funded.
Thomas, P., & Cress, J. (Co-PIs). “Professional Communication Standards and Practices: Implications for Engineering Education.” Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Faculty Immersion Program. May 2019-June 2020. $15,000.00. Funded. 

Merithew, Krane, C. (Co-PIs); K. Bohrer, S. Dasgupta, Y. Sun, P. Thomas (Program Staff). “Integrated Humanities and Health Connections” Humanities Connections Planning Grant. National Endowment for the Humanities, May 2018-May 2019. $35,000. Funded.

Thomas, P. “A Mixed Methods Study of Patient, Caregiver, and Neurologist Perceptions and Use of Online Health Information in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Decision-Making.” University of Dayton Research Council, May-August 2015.  $11,500. Funded.

Professional Activity
Executive Committee, Research Network Forum 2015-present
Planning Committee, Writing Innovation Symposium 2018-present
Conference Co-Chair, 12th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017
Executive Committee, Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts 2014-present
Liaison, College English Association of Ohio 2017-present
Editor, Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 2014-2017
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Literacy Research 2012-2014
University Service
Service to the University of Dayton
University Lecturer Review Policy Committee 2019-present
University Libraries Committee 2012-2018
Service to the College of Arts & Sciences
Humanities Commons Assessment Committeee 2012-2014
Service to the Department of English
Executive Committee 2012-present
Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee 2015-present
Graduate Program Committee 2014-present
Writing Program Committee 2011-present
Tenure & Promotion Committee 2018-present
English Job Placement Coordinator 2012-present
Search Chair: Technical Communication & Medical Humanities (TT) 2017-2018
Search Chair: Business Writing (NTT, 2 positions) 2018
Search Committee Member: Catholic Literary Modernity & Queer Theory (TT) 2015-2016
Search Chair: Professional/Technical Communication (TT) 2014-2015
Search Chair: Lecturer in Composition (NTT, 4 positions) 2015
Search Committee: Technical Communication (TT) 2011-2012
Graduate Thesis Advising
Chieh Ting Chia, “Women ‘Auto’ Write Differently: Gender and Email Communication in the Automotive Industry” 2018
Jacob Hale, “Reading Street Lit with Incarcerated Juveniles: The Myth of Reformative Incarceration” 2018
Rebekah Goode, “A Case Study of Student Perceptions of Transfer from First- and Second-Year Writing to the Disciplines” 2018
Katherine Robish, “Search Engine Optimization as a Literacy Practice” 2013
Joseph Craig, “Multimodal Representations of Racism in News Reports of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy” 2013
Emily Walters, “Teacher Response to ESL Student Writing” 2013
Sarah DelMar, “Student Perceptions of Graduate Student Ethos in the First-Year Writing Classroom” 2012
Undergraduate Thesis Advising
Diane Leverich, “Evidence in Online Political Discourse: How Everyday Citizens Argue about Politics on Social Media” 2018
Kristina DeMichele, “The State of Digital Production in International Educational Publishing: Obstacles, Innovations, & Possible Solutions.” University of Dayton Berry Scholar Honors Thesis Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research. 2014
Thesis Reader
Raheem Elmore, “African-American Lineage in Alice Walker’s Everyday Use 2018
Brittany Cook, “Presence, Process, Product: The Significance of the Womb in Writing Woman” 2015
University of Dayton Liberal Arts Scholarship Catalyst Grant Recipient 2019
NCTE Award for Affiliate Journal of Excellence (awarded for editorship of the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts) 2017, 2015, 2014
Outstanding Ohio English Language Arts Educator 2018
University of Dayton Research Fellow 2014
University of Dayton Teaching Fellow 2013
Stephen P. Witte Dissertation Fellowship 2010
Community Involvement
HIV Testing Counselor & Outreach Volunteer, Equitas Health-Dayton 2019-present
Website Developer/Administrator, 2016-present
Volunteer, Dayton Metro Library 2013-present
Member, Bach Society of Dayton 2012-2014