Joseph M. Moxley is a professor of English and director of the First-Year Composition Program at the University of South Florida. At USF, Moxley teaches graduate courses on research methods in writing studies, rhetoric and technology, scholarly publishing, and composition pedagogy.
Since joining the USF English Department in 1984, Moxley has published (single-authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited) 50 book chapters/articles and 17 books. Moxley’s College Writing Online received the 2004 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. Moxley’s Publish, Don’t Perish was translated in Chinese. Moxley’s co-edited online book, The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, was translated in Greek, Spanish, French. Additionally, he has published a novel, Jake Gunner and the Gold Coast, and a number of short stories. In 2006, My Reviewers, which Moxley founded, was awarded the Teaching and Learning Innovators Award from Campus Technology.
Key Words: assessment, writing pedagogy, peer production and participatory learning, open education, scholarly publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, research methods, learning communities, ethnography, datagogies, response to writing, and tools for writers.
Moxley’s most recent book is Agency in the Age of Peer Production (coauthored NCTE 2012). Selected recent articles include “On Keeping Score: Instructors’ vs. Students’ Rubric Ratings of 46,689 Essays.” WPA: Writing Program Administration (in-press; co-authored); “Big Data, Learning Analytics, and Social Assessment.” Journal of Writing Assessment (2013); “Open Textbook Publishing.” Academe. (2013); “Everything is illuminated: What Big Data Can Tell Us about Teacher Commentary.” Assessing Writing (2013) (co-authored).
Moxley has received federal funding from NSF and FIPSE (DOE), raising over $1M in funding. Presently, with Chris Anson, Christiane Donahue, Suzanne Lane, Val Ross, Moxley is PI on an NSF-funded project, Prime DGE# 1544239. Between 1/2016 and 1/2019, the researchers will use surveys, text-mining, and data-mining methods to analyze instructors’ and students’ critiques of student writing composed by STEM students at USF, NCSU, MIT, Dartmouth, and Penn. Ultimately, this research project endeavors to better understand the role of cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal competencies in peer review. Currently, Moxley is also PI on a second NSF grant, I-Corps. In 2000, Moxley received a major gift from Microsoft to support his research and scholarship.
Moxley is Founder of My Reviewers <http://myreviewers.com>, a suite of document markup, peer-review, team-project, eportfolio, writing-assessment tools, and related ebooks. At USF, approximately 15,000 students use My Reviewers each year to upload essays, receive instructor feedback, and conduct peer reviews. The toolset is also used by at a variety of postsecondary throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Moxley is Founder of Writing Commons <http://writingcommons.org>, a peer-reviewed, open-education resource for college-level writers. Writing Commons aspires to be a free alternative to required textbooks for courses on composition, professional and technical writing, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Between 2012 and 2015, over 4 million students and instructors have used Writing Commons.
As an independent consultant, Moxley provides workshops on academic and grant writing. Clients include Wake Forest University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, Research and Evaluation
MA, SUNY Buffalo, Creative Writing
BA, University of Utah, English/Creative Writing
BS, University of Utah, Psychology
Email: mox @ usf dot edu