[vc_row][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_single_image image=”761″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”img-responsive”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”7/12″][vc_title title=”Christopher R. Friend” title_align=”text-left” el_class=”fac-big-title”][vc_column_text]I’m a digital pedagogue and a compositionist. In other words, I’m a writing teacher (not a have-written teacher) who looks at how writing and teaching work in digital and physical spaces. For over a dozen years, I’ve created supportive, collaborative classes both online and on-ground for learners aged eleven to seventy. My experiences have taught me that more than anything, we all need opportunity if we are to learn. I work to create those opportunities every day.

Writing classes should provide opportunities to listen, consider, practice, and experiment…and often to fail, get up, dust ourselves off, and try again. Writing (like teaching) involves constant reflection and revision. The classes I build place revision at the heart of their design and accessibility as their goal — all learners should feel that effective writing is within their reach.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_color=”#fcfcfc”][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_title title=”Academic Positions” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_position][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Saint Leo University” pos_title=”Assistant Professor of English” pos_start=”2014″ pos_end=”Present”]Redesigning FYC courses; laying foundation for a writing program.[/vc_position_single][vc_position_single pos_loc=”University of Central Florida” pos_title=”Graduate Teaching Associate” pos_start=”2012″ pos_end=”2014″]Instructor of record for FYC courses both online and on-ground; piloted new course and assignment-sequence designs[/vc_position_single][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Seminole County Virtual School” pos_title=”English Teacher” pos_start=”2009″ pos_end=”2011″]Opening team for online education; piloted English courses for grades 7–10.[/vc_position_single][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Oviedo High School” pos_title=”English Teacher” pos_start=”2000″ pos_end=”2009″]Taught 9th-grade English at skills, standard, honors, and gifted levels.[/vc_position_single][/vc_position][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/12″][vc_title title=”Education & Training” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_education][vc_education_single edu_title=”Ph.D. in Texts & Technology” edu_loc=”University of Central Florida” edu_level=”Ph.D.” edu_year=”2014″][vc_education_single edu_title=”Master of Education — Curriculum & Instruction” edu_loc=”University of Central Florida” edu_level=”M.Ed.” edu_year=”2006″][vc_education_single edu_title=”Bachelor of Arts in English — Creative Writing” edu_loc=”University of Central Florida” edu_level=”B.A.” edu_year=”2000″][/vc_education][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1411479636520{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;background-color: #ededed !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_title title=”Making Scholarship Accessible” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]Research on teaching and learning — or writing and rhetoric, or educational technology — often baffles students and newcomers alike, thanks to how obscure the writing can be. But these conversations define and shape the way we interact with each other, either in person or at a distance. These conversations need more voices and greater participation, particularly by people who have the most to gain but are often given the least access.

My work — through my courses, my research, and my editorial efforts — addresses that need by promoting and strengthening the voices of the oppressed and bringing conversations about teaching to those doing the learning. My classes consider what it means to teach; my research examines how students and teachers interact; my editorial work challenges how journals function and distribute the work of their authors.

I work to make teaching and learning about writing more accessible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1457058461454{border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #cc6633 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;}”][vc_title title=”Making Composition Meaningful” title_tag=”title_h3″][vc_column_text css_animation=”bottom-to-top”]I teach the classes everyone has to take: first-year composition in post-secondary and freshman English in high school. Students often feel forced to take these classes, and it takes work to show their relevance and usefulness. Faculty often feel forced to teach these classes, and it takes work to show their resonance and influence. Most of the time, everyone involved in a composition class treats it like something only to be endured.

But that misses the point … and the opportunity inherent in these classes. Writing lets us share ideas, collaborate, debate, and progress. Classes devoted to writing give learners a chance to explore how they think, interact, argue, and grow. Writing classes are the most personal courses anyone will take or teach. They are the most humanist by nature, and we must work to make them the most humane.

My classes show that composition connects us not only with our audience but also with our own thinking.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row bg_color=”#f7f7f7″][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”5/6″][vc_title title=”Honors, Awards, & Grants” title_tag=”title_h2″][vc_award][vc_award_single award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”UCF CAH Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award” award_date=”2014″]This award recognizes excellence in teaching by Graduate Teaching Associates who have independent teaching responsibilities. It focuses on the quality of the student’s teaching activities and the academic contributions to those activities.[/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_content=”Provided funding for my attendance at the national conference for writing studies.” class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”CCCC Professional Equity Project Grant” award_date=”2013″][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”WPA-GO CCCC Travel Grant” award_date=”2013″]

These awards are given to papers that make a significant contribution to the WPA profession and to writing programs and classrooms. They are determined by readers’ scores as demonstrating attention to the following criteria listed on the CFP:

  • The applicant’s investment in writing program administration
  • How the applicant’s participation will impact his or her scholarly & professional development
  • How the applicant’s presentation/facilitation contributes to the field of writing program administration

[/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_content=”This award is for students who serve as instructors of record and have independent classroom responsibilities. The focus of this award is on the quality of the students teaching and the academic contributions of those activities.” award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”UCF DWR Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award” award_date=”2012″][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_content=”The University of Central Florida offers Trustees Doctoral Fellowships to superior graduate students who are newly enrolling at UCF in one of its doctoral programs or tracks. These awards provide multi-year support to the most quali ed applicants to the institution.” award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”UCF Trustees Doctoral Fellow” award_date=”2009″][/vc_award_single][vc_award_single award_image=”325″ class=”“alignleft” alt=”“3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o“” src=”“http://wp.chrisfriend.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/3378521550_6d71d59d0f_o.jpg“” width=”“97“” height=”“121“” award_title=”Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” award_date=”2004–05″][/vc_award_single][/vc_award][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″][/vc_column][/vc_row]