Chad E. Iwertz

PhD in English Candidate


Chad Iwertz is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy and a University Presidential Fellow. His research focuses on intersections between disability studies and digital media composition: the framing of disability and access/accessibility across public environments, professional writing methodologies for communication access, and digital embodiment and mētis (the rhetorical practice of embodied intelligence and cunning).

His dissertation, Written in Light: Communication Access and the Competing Methodologies of Disability Service Transcription, is an empirical study of the composing practices of over 100 professional speech-to-text writers across North America and investigates how different approaches to transcription affect communication access for writers, readers, and educators.

His work can be found in Computers and Composition, Peitho, Composition Forum, HĀSTAC, Teaching with Writing, Willamette Valley Voices and The Sigma Tau Delta Review.

Areas of Expertise
  • Digital media studies
  • Disability studies
  • Rhetoric, composition and literacy
  • Mixed methods research methodologies
  • MA, Oregon State University, 2014
  • BA, Pepperdine University, 2008

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