Gavin P. Johnson

composition | digital media | queer rhetorics

Gavin P. Johnson is a scholar-teacher in Rhetoric, Composition, Literacy, & Digital Media. He completed his Master of Arts in English: Rhetoric and Composition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in May 2015 and joined the PhD program in English: Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy at The Ohio State University in August 2015. He is currently writing his dissertation, which is tentatively titled Possibilities for Digital Media Composing: Toward a Rhetoric of Queer Optimism in an Age of Accountability.

At Ohio State, Gavin teaches first-year and second-year courses in writing, rhetoric, service-learning/community engagement, and digital media. He works as a Writing Program Administrative Associate for the Department of English's Second Year Writing Program. With Laura L. Allen, he served as an Associate Director for the 2018 & 2019 Digital Media and Composition Institute at Ohio State University (#DMAC18; #DMAC19).

He has presented his research at national conferences such as the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Computers and Writing Conference (#CWcon), Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Watson Conference, Conference of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), Feminisms and Rhetorics (#femrhet), and the Conference on Community Writing, among others. He also participated in the Biannual Rhetoric Society of America Institute in 2017 and 2019.

He is the winner of the 2017 CCCC Gloria AnzaldĂșa Rhetorician Award, a competitive national award presented by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to scholars "whose work participates in the making of meaning out of sexual and gender minority experiences." 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. As a member of the nextGEN international listserv start-up team, he was awarded the Kairos Service Award in 2019.

Gavin was born and raised in southeast Louisiana, but currently lives in Columbus, OH, with his dogs, Bowie and Archie. He is a first generation college student.

[photo credit: Julie Rae Powers, 2016. visit]

photo credit: Julie Rae Powers, 2016. visit

Gavin P. Johnson 
Department of English, The Ohio State University 
Mailing: 421 Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave. Columbus OH, 43210 
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