Robert Cummings serves as Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi. In 2006 he earned the PhD in English from the University of Georgia, with a focus on the connections between rhetoric, composition, and digital technology. His first book was the co-edited volume Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom with Matt Barton, (U of Michigan P digitalculturebooks: 2008). In the following year he authored Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt UP, 2009), which won the 2009 MLA Mina Shaughnessy award. More recently he has won grants to promote Open Educational Resources and online composition. Similarly, he has served Wikipedia community, Wikimedia Foundation, and Wiki Ed Foundation as a frequent consultant on matters pertaining to higher education. His recent projects have included a Fulbright Specialist Award to support teaching with Wikipedia at University of Sydney, and research on the rhetoric of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
Ph.D. English, University of Georgia, 2006
M.A. English, University of Mississippi, 1999
B.A. English, University of Tennessee, 1990