College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Kristin Arola
Associate Professor and
Director of the Digital Technology & Culture Program

Kristin Arola


Kristin Arola is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Composition and Technology and the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University in 2006. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on multimedia authoring, rhetoric, composition, and technology and cultural studies.  



Arola, Kristin L., Jennifer Sheppard, and Cheryl E. Ball. Writer/Designer: Making Multimodal Projects. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Arola, Kristin L. and Anne Frances Wysocki, Eds. Composing (Media) = Composing (Embodiment). Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 2012.
Villanueva, Victor and Kristin L. Arola. CrossTalk in Comp Theory. 3rd Edition. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2011.
Arola, Kristin L. "Family Christmas Cards, Rhetoric, and Infertility: A Season of Silence." Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. 6.1 (April 2011).
Arola, Kristin L. "Listening to See: A Feminist Approach to Design Literacy." The Journal of Literacy and Technology.  12.1 (March 2011): 65-105.
Ball, Cheryl E. and Kristin L. Arola. Visualizing Composition 2.0 (2nd revised edition of ix: Visual Exercises). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. [requires password].
Arola, Kristin L.. "The Design of Web 2.0: The Rise of the Template, The Fall of Design."  Computers and Composition. 27.1 (March 2010). 4-14.
Arola, Kristin L. and Cheryl E. Ball. "A Conversation: From ‘They Call Me Doctor?' to Tenure."  Computers and Composition Online. Spring 2007.


Research Interests

I position myself as a scholar of computers and composition committed to mindful acts of multimodal composition. I work to interrogate and encourage pedagogies that affirm digital literacies while acknowledging the diversity of students we see in our classrooms. I bring together composition theory, digital rhetoric, and American Indian rhetorics so as to understand digital composing practices within larger social and cultural contexts.
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