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Scott L. DeWitt

Scott L. DeWitt

Scott L. DeWitt




365 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Digital media studies
  • Rhetoric, composition and literacy
  • Writing analytics


  • DA, Illinois State University, 1992
  • MA, Illinois State University, 1988
  • BA, MacMurray College, 1986

Scott Lloyd DeWitt is Professor of English in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Literacy program in the Department of English where he conducts writing studies research in digital media, composition pedagogy and writing program administration. Professor DeWitt began his career at Ohio State in 1992 on the Marion Campus where, for 10 years, he taught writing, developed academic programs and conducted research in computers and composition studies. An Alumni Awards for Distinguished Teaching recipient for his pioneering teaching approaches with technology, DeWitt moved to the Columbus campus of OSU in 2002 to become the director of The Digital Media Project, the English Department's digital media production and teaching studio. Professor DeWitt is the author of Writing Inventions: Identities, Technologies, Pedagogies (SUNY, 2002), which offers instructional stories, histories and classroom applications and connects the theoretical aspirations of the field with the craft of innovative computer-enhanced composition instruction. Writing Inventions was awarded the “Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award” in 2003. In 2004, DeWitt directed the Battelle Endowment Institute for New Media and Writing Studies on the Ohio State campus. In 2006, he co-founded the Digital Media and Composition Institute with Cynthia Selfe, and from 2007-2011, he directed Ohio State’s First-Year Writing Program. He is the editor of a scholarly collection of curated exhibits (with H. Louis Ulman and Cynthia Selfe), Stories That Speak To Us: Exhibits from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2013). With colleagues Kay Halasek, Ben McCorkle, Cynthia Selfe and Susan Delagrange, he was the co-recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant supporting the development of a general education writing MOOC and the co-developer of WEx, The Writers Exchange, a peer-review platform for student writers. Most recently, with John Jones, he has conducted an impact study of DMAC that examines the influence of its instructional experience on attendees’ professional development. In 2021, he received The Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in digital media studies, and in 2022, he received the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes creative teaching and extraordinary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students. He currently serves as the director of Writing and Information Literacy in English.

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