110 Morgan
Office Phone: 
(205) 348-8498
Fall 2013: EN 654-001--Seminar in Visual/Digital Rhetoric
Spring 2014: EN 512--001--Computers and Writing

Professor Carolyn Handa received her PhD in English from UCLA in 1983. She taught at the University of California, Davis, American River College in Sacramento, CA, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before joining UA’s English faculty in 2005. Handa served as Director of Expository Writing at SIUE from 1994 through 2004 and Director of Composition at UA from 2005 through 2008. She currently serves as Assistant Chair.

In 2004 she was chosen to receive the Technology Innovator Award by the Computer Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. In Fall 2010 the University of Alabama’s McNair Scholars Program named Handa a McNair Faculty Fellow. Her research interests are digital rhetoric, technology and writing, composition pedagogy, writing program administration, basic and developmental writing, and the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.


The Multimediated Rhetoric of the Internet: Digital Fusion. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.

Discord and Direction: the Postmodern Writing Program Administrator. With Sharon James McGee. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2005.

Visual Rhetoric in a Digital World:  Background Sources. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004.

Computers and Community:  Teaching Composition in the Twenty-First Century. Portsmouth, NH:  Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1990.

Guest Edited Journals

Computers and Composition 18:2 (June 2001).

Computers and Composition  18:1 (March 2001).

Chapters in Books                                                

“Analyzing Digital Text as Rhetorical Space: Crossing Untraditional Frontiers.” In Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. Ed. Emily Golson and Toni Glover. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 21-38.

 “Mirror, Mirror on the Web:  Visual Depiction, Identity, and the Writing Program.”  In Discord and Direction: The Postmodern Writing Program Administrator. Ed. Sharon James McGee and Carolyn Handa. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2005.  181-202.

“Introduction:  Postmodernity and Writing Programs.”  With Sharon James McGee.  In Discord and Direction: The Postmodern Writing Program Administrator. Ed. Sharon James McGee and Carolyn Handa. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2005. 1-16.

“Teaching with the World Wide Web: Transforming Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice.” In Teaching Writing with Computers: An Introduction.  Ed. Pamela Takayoshi and Brian Huot.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Xenes Glosses:  Literacy and Cultural Implications of the Web for Greece.”  With Aliki Dragona.  Global Literacies and the World-Wide Web.  Ed. Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe.  London:  Routledge, 2000.  52-69.

“Designing a Computer Classroom:  Pedagogy, Nuts and Bolts.” Approaches to Computer Writing Classrooms:  Learning from Practical Experience.  Ed. Linda J. Myers.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 1993.  103-118.

“RE:  Structure, Class, Room . . . and Technology.” Vital Signs 3:  Restructuring the English Classroom. Ed. James L. Collins.  Portsmouth, NH:  Boynton/Cook, 1992.  87-99.

“Politics, Ideology, and the Strange, Slow Death of the Isolated Composer, or Why We Need Community in the Writing Classroom.”  Computers and Community.  Ed. Carolyn Handa.  Portsmouth, NH:  Boynton/Cook Publishers, 1990.  160-184.

“Elizabeth Bishop:  a Sidelights Essay.” Contemporary Authors.  New Revision Series. Volume 26.  Detroit:  Gale Research Inc., 1989.  48-55. 

Online Textbook Chapter

“Computers and Writing.” Teaching English: The Instructor’s Resource Portal. Online Faculty Development Site. New York: McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2008. Text, podcasts, FAQs, samples lessons, and other materials. No longer available online.

Essays and Reviews

Review of “Tracing Genres Through Organizations: A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design by Clay Spinuzzi.”  Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 20:1 (January 2006), 101-105.

[“Community Voice: Carolyn Handa.”] Computers and Writing: the Cyborg Era. James Inman. Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004. 91. 

“Digital Literacy and Rhetoric:  A Selected Bibliography.” Computers and Composition 18:2 (June 2001), 195-202.

“Letter from the Guest Editor:  Digital Rhetoric, Digital Literacy, Computers, and Composition.” Computers and Composition 18:1 (March 2001), 1-10.

“An Interview with Cynthia L. Selfe:  ‘Nomadic Feminist Cyborg Guerilla.’” Writing on the Edge, 4:1 (Fall 1992), 67-81.

“Review:  Writing on the Edge,  Special Hypertext Section.  Vol. 2, no. 2 (Spring 1991) 78-159 + disk.”  Computers and Composition, 9:3 (August 1992), 79-86.

“An Interview with Richard Lanham:  Learning by Going Along.”  With Gretchen Flesher. Writing on the Edge, 2:1 (Fall 1990), 6-22.

“Vision and Change:  the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.” American Poetry, 3:2 (Winter 1986), 18-34.

“Elizabeth Bishop and Women's Poetry,” the South Atlantic Quarterly, 82:3 (Summer 1983), 269-81.

“‘Impulse’:  Calculated Artistry in Conrad Aiken,” Studies in Short Fiction, 12:4 (Fall, 1975), 375-80.