Hi! My name is Justin Cary and I am a Lecturer in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Department at UNC Charlotte. I have been teaching for almost ten years now and I have been at UNC Charlotte since 2011.I really love the work I do; both as a teacher and as a member of an exciting new Department. I believe in the real world potential for writing and what it can do; that helping students better understand tools at their disposal (such as rhetoric, visual literacies, inquiry and critical self-reflection) will ultimately help them apply those tools for success during college and beyond.
Writing works; it can do things. Writing is real and it has real world applications in every profession. From a teaching standpoint, I use a wide variety of techniques to help students practice and apply writing. From integrating social media platforms into writing projects to opening up the course and allowing students to inquire into topics they feel passionate about, my teaching practice is always developing and always evolving.
Most recently, my work has revolved around Digital Rhetoric; the study of evolving rhetorical strategies and technique and the role those strategies and techniques play in cutting edge writing situations. For example, I have been studying the potential for hybridizing digital texts into part digital part analogue compositions using digital composition and 3D printing.
I also love video games! I have been playing them since I was a little kid and from time to time I bring these works of art and composition into the class so we can see how writing, rhetoric and composition function in these digital spaces.
Currently, I am teaching UWRT 1104; the hybrid, First-Year Writing course taught by WRDS faculty. I am also teaching LBST 2301; a Critical Thinking and Communications course that focuses on the rhetoric of online gaming communities and how folks use writing to convey complex messages across platforms such as Twitch.
Feel free to check me out on Twitter @justinrcary or email me at email@example.com. Thanks for visiting my page.
Justin R. Cary
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