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  Karen J. Head
Assistant Professor
Director, The Communication Center
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Editor, Southern Discourse in the Center: A Journal of Multiliteracy and Innovation
Editor, Atlanta Review Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany (2006-present)
khead@gatech.edu

PhD, University of Nebraska
Joined faculty in 2004


Research areas/interests
Innovation in higher education, MOOCs, sustainable space design and implementation, writing and communication theory and pedagogical practice, especially in the following areas: implementation and development of writing centers, writing program administration, communication ecologies, technical communication, business communication, multidisciplinary communication, and creative writing.


Honors  
2016 Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Fellow

2015 GT Office of Diversity: Faces of Inclusive Excellence

2015 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts-France, Fellow

2014 Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Fellow

2013 Georgia Tech Women's Leadership Conference "Woman of Distinction Faculty Award"

2013 CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Award
2010 Oxford International Women’s Festival Poetry Prize

Visiting Scholar at Technische Universität-Dortmund, Germany (2006-present)


Grants
Head, Karen and Burnett, Rebecca (Co-PIs). “Freshman Composition 2.0.” Georgia Tech Massive Open Online Course Development. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Awarded November 2012.
Georgia Tech Fund for Innovation in Research and Education Grant

Head, Karen. “Learning to Critique Designs through Public Speaking.”
Georgia Tech Fund for Innovation in Research and Education (GTFIRE). Awarded March 2012.


Current and recent projects  
Writing Center Sustainability in Design & Praxis (various projects)

Negotiating the English (poetry)



Recent and selected publications  
BOOKS:

Disrupt This!: MOOCs and the Promises of Technology. (in production, UP of New England, forthcoming spring 2017)

Teaching as a Human Experience: An Anthology of Poetry. Eds. Karen Head and Patrick Blessinger. Cambridge Scholars P., 2015.

On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year. (25% with Blake Leland, JC Reilly, and Robert E. Wood) Poetry Atlanta Press, 2014.

Sassing. WordTech Editions, 2009.

My Paris Year. Winner of the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Poetry. All Nations Press,2009.

Shadow Boxes: Poems and Prose Poems. All Nations Press, 2003.

JOURNAL ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS:

Head, Karen. “STEM Students and the Design of Writing Studio Pedagogy.” Writing Studio Pedagogy. Eds. Matthew Kim and Russell Carpenter. Rowen Littlefield (forthcoming 2017).

Blake, Brandy Ball and Karen Head. “Storyboard(ing): Multimodal Tool and Artifact.” Multimodal Consulting: A Guide for Tutors. Eds. Lindsay Sabatino and Brian Fallon. UP Colorado (forthcoming2017).

Head, Karen and Rebecca Burnett. “Imagining It. Building It. Living It.” Sustainable Learning Spaces: Design Infrastructure, and Technology. Eds. Russell Carpenter, Richard Selfe, Shawn Apostel and Kristi Apostel. Utah State UP-Computers and Composition Digital P., 2015.

Head, Karen. ""The Single Canon: MOOCs and Academic Colonization."" MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Ed. Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, and Thomas C. Reeves. Routledge, 2015.

Burnett, Rebecca E., Karen Head, Brandy Ball Blake, Andy Frazee, Diane Jakacki, Christopher Ritter, Nirmal Trivedi, and Christopher Weedman. From the ground up: shaping community, collaboration,
and multiliteracies. In Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies. Eds. Jim Purdy and Danielle Nicole DeVoss. U of Michigan P, 2014. http://www.digitalwriting.org/ms/

Head, Karen. “The Hidden Costs of MOOCs.” Invasion of the MOOCs. Eds. Steven Krause and Charlie Lowe. Parlor Press, 2014.

Hannum, Dustin, Joy Bracewell, and Karen Head. ""Shifting the Center: Piloting Embedded Tutoring Models to Support Multimodal Communication Across the Disciplines."" Praxis: A Writing Center
Journal: Course-Embedded Writing Support Programs in Writing Centers. 12:1 (2014).

Head, Karen. “Are MOOCs the Future of General Education?” Journal of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Sciences. 63:4 (2014).

“Inside a MOOC in Progress.” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Wired Campus. (June 21, 2013).

Head, Karen. ""Left Off."" Inside Higher Ed . June 25, 2014.

Head, Karen. “Lessons Learned from a Freshman Composition MOOC.” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Wired Campus. (September 6, 2013).

“Massive Open Online Adventure.” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Digital Campus 2013 . (April 29, 2013).

“Sweating the Details of a MOOC in Progress.” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Wired Campus. (April 3, 2013).

“Of MOOCs and Mousetraps.” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Wired Campus. (February 21, 2013).

“Here a MOOC, There a MOOC: But Will it Work for Freshman Composition” The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Wired Campus . (January 24, 2013).


Professional associations
IWCA, SWCA, NCA, MLA, CCCC, NCTE, AWP
Board Member. Southeastern Writing Center Association (2012-present)