Digital Media Consultant Bios

About Digital Media Consultants
Learn more about the consultants who can help you with your technology and digital media needs for writing and presentation. To make a digital media consulting appointment, please select the "Hume: Writing" option and select a consultant from those listed here.
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Christine Alfano specializes in visual culture, new media, multimedia, and digital rhetoric. She is the co-author, with Alyssa O’Brien, of the Envision textbook series, which teaches students how to write persuasive arguments within today’s high-definition visual culture. She has worked extensively with web design, blogs, micro-blogs, social media, and wikis, and has experience working with student projects including multimedia photo essays, visual op-ads, youtube videos, Prezi and PowerPoint presentations, and game design.
Erica Cirillo-McCarthy earned a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the teaching of English from the University of Arizona and now teaches in PWR. In her writing and rhetoric courses, students analyze and craft multimodal projects, reflecting the multimodality with which we live our lives. Erica’s research focuses on writing pedagogy, particularly in teaching, analyzing, and producing writing at the intersections of traditional academic discourse, digital writing, and creative writing.
Erik Ellis specializes in visual rhetoric and multimodal literacies. He has taught courses on picture books, the rhetoric of words and images, and multimedia essays. His essay “Back to the Future?: The Pedagogical Promise of the (Multimedia) Essay” appears in the collection Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres. He has worked extensively with Keynote for presentation design, has experience designing blogs with WordPress, and enjoys helping students create storyboards.
Ruth Starkman specializes in visual media, film and media theory, film history and screenwriting. Her scholarly work includes articles on Leni Riefenstahl, the Hollywood musical, the Western and Film Noir. An academic with a background in script doctoring, screenwriting and film novelization, she enjoys helping students develop and implement their narratives, dialogue and visual argument. She has experience working on films, screenplays, photo essays, web design, blogs, social media, and wikis.
Carolyn Ross is a writer and digital artist who teaches environmentally themed service-learning courses in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is particularly interested in digital storytelling and the comparative ethos of digital arguments in academic, civic, and personal contexts. She specializes in audio, video, and photo essay composition as well as web design. Her books include Writing Nature and Writing for Real: A Guide for Writers in Community Service.
Mary Stroud specializes in visual rhetoric and design with a background in professional and technical writing that includes web design, style guides, and user testing. Her digital media philosophy involves combining guidelines from a variety of fields, like business and graphic novel writing, to achieve maximum effect in the creation of a digital ethos. She teaches courses in environmental visual aesthetics and enjoys helping students develop storyboards and user tests for the most effective and influential project designs and presentations.