Gavin P. Johnson
multimodality | rhetorical education | queer praxis
Gavin P. Johnson (he/him/his) is a teacher-scholar specializing in multimodal composition, queer rhetorics, writing assessment, and digital activism. He works as the Director of Writing and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. At A&M-Commerce, coordinates the general education academic writing program and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric and writing studies. From 2020-2022, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, where he taught courses rhetoric, digital media, and professional writing and coordinated the Professional Writing Certificate. He completed his PhD at The Ohio State University (2020) where he served as co-associate director of the international Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC). He earned his MA from North Carolina State University (2015) and BA from Nicholls State University (2013).
Gavin teaches courses in multimodal writing, cultural rhetorics, service-learning/community engagement, and digital media. He is invested in creating learning spaces where students can share and expand their knowledges and work on and against dangerously oppressive institutional logics. With students, he works to collaboratively delink learning and assessment practices from dangerous colonial, racist, sexist, classist, ablest, cis-heteronormative traditions. You can read about his approach to assessment in constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space.
His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, RSQ, Literacy in Composition Studies, Peitho, College Literacy and Learning, Pre/Text: A Journal of Rhetorical Theory, Constellations, Teacher-Scholar-Activist, and various edited collections including The Routledge Handbook of Queer Rhetoric (2022), Failure Pedagogies: Learning and Unlearning What It Means to Fail (2020), and Privacy Matters: Conversations about Surveillances Within and Beyond the Classroom (2020). He discussed his teaching and research on the podcasts Pedagogue (ep. 79) and The Big Rhetorical Podcast.
His dissertation, Queer Possibilities in Digital Media Composing, was recognized with the 2021 Lavender Rhetorics Dissertation Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship as well as an Honorable Mention from Computers and Composition's Hugh Burns Best Dissertation Award. His research and service has also won the 2017 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award, the 2019 Kairos Service Award (as a member of the nextGEN international listserv start-up team), and the 2020 Ohio State Department of English Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Graduate Work. For his innovative teaching, he won the 2018 Eric Walborn Award for Excellence in Digital Media and English Instruction from the Ohio State Department of English.
Gavin was born and raised in southeast Louisiana, but currently lives in east Texas, with his partner, Aaron, and two long-haired dachshunds, Bowie and Archie. He is a proud first generation college graduate.