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Ph.D. Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture (Expected August 2018)
Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
Dissertation Title:“Teaching Rhetorical Knowledge and Strategies through Social Media: A Qualitative Study of FYC Instructors and Students”
Advisor:Carl Whithaus, Ph.D.

M.A. English (December 2013)
San José State University (San José, CA)

B.A. English (June 2010)
Emphasis in Shakespeare
Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)


Associate Instructor (Instructor of Record),University Writing Program, UCD (2013-2018, 11 quarters)
UWP 1 & 1Y: Expository Writing, Face-to-Face and Hybrid Versions

  • Designed and implemented syllabus, assignments, and lessons for First-Year Writing courses
  • Arranged course content to meet program learning outcomes and meet students’ needs
  • Designed and implemented online activities for hybrid classes in multiple learning management systems
  • Worked with large ELL student populations to expand language skills and rhetorical skills

Teaching Assistant, University Writing Program, UCD(2014-2017, 4 quarters)
UWP 12: Writing and Visual RhetoricWorked with faculty to teach this a sophomore-level writing course, including collaborative assignment design

  • Taught 2 discussion sections each term with lively activities, discussions, and lectures
  • Contributed to rubric design, norming, and writing assessment
  • Worked with students to develop strong analytical writing and media-rich visual projects

Teaching Associate (Instructor of Record),English Department, SJSU(2011-2013, 4 semesters)
ENGL 1A &1B: Composition I and Composition II

  • Developed syllabus and taught Composition I andComposition II, for first- and second-semester students in their first year
  • Integrated technology in lessons and assignments
  • Worked closely with large ELL population
  • Taught various genres including personal essays and research papers

Developmental Writing Tutor (2010-2012)
Language Development Center, San José State University

  • Tutored and taught developmental writing students, both one-on-one and in small groups
  • Worked closely several students who won most-improved awards from their writing instructors
  • Worked with students from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds


National Fellowship

  • Graduate Fellow, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. University of Michigan. $500. (2016-2017)

University of California, Davis, Humanities Institute

  • Rhetoric Speaker Series Funding. With Rebecca Kling, Chris Thaiss, and Michele Zugnoni. $5000. (2015-2016)
  • Rhetoric Speaker Series Funding. With Jenae Cohn and Chris Thiass. $2000. (2014-2015)

University of California, Davis, Graduate Group in Education

  • Doctoral Fellowships. $11,000. (2016 and 2013)
  • Research Expense Fellowships. $1550. (2017 and 2015)
  • Conference Travel Fellowships. $1720. (2017 and 2015)

University of California, Davis, University Writing Program

  • Conference Travel Awards. $2800. (2017, 2015, and 2014)


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Coad, David T. (September 2017). “‘That’s My Face to the Whole Field!” Graduate Students’ Professional Identity-Building through Twitter at a Writing Studies Conference” Computers and Composition, 45.

Coad, David T.; Curtis, Kelly; Cook, Jonathan; & Harris, Katherine D. (November 2013). “BeardStair: A Student-Run Digital Humanities Project.” The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 4.

Coad, David T. (August 2013). “Developing Critical Literacy and Critical Thinking through Facebook.” PraxisWiki Section, Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 17.1.

Book Review

Coad, David T. (May 2015). Review ofSocial Media: Usage and Impact, Hana S. Noor Al-Deen and John Allen Hendricks (Eds.). Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 19.3.


Refereed National Conference Presentations

“A Pedagogy of Sociality: Building a More Nuanced Understanding of Social Media in First-Year Composition.” Computers and Writing Conference. Findlay, Ohio. June 2017.

“Tweeting to Connect: Graduate Students’ Professional Identity- and Community-Building and How WPAs Can Help.”The Council of Writing Program Administrators. Raleigh, North Carolina. July 2016.

“Dual Identities as Digital Literacies: Student-Writer, Student-Teacher, and Teacher-Interface.” Computers and Writing Conference. Menomonie, Wisconsin. May 2015.

“Tweets that Disrupt: The Rhetorical Risk and Reward of Participating in Twitter at Writing Studies Conferences.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, Florida. Forthcoming March 2015.

“Opening the Door to Multimodal Composition: Teaching the Transference of Rhetorical Skills from Social Media to Multimodal Projects.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, Indiana. March 2014.

Regional Conference Presentations

“The Composition of Social Media: Perspectives on Students’ Informal Digital Writing.” With Aaron Lanser and DJ Quinn. UC [the University of California system] Writing Conference. Santa Barbara, California. October 2016.

“The Elephant in the (Class)room: Why Integrate New Media into Composition Courses.” Young Rhetoricians Conference on College Composition and Rhetoric. Monterey, California. June 2012.

“New Approaches: Engaging Critically with Social Networks in the Composition Classroom.” The 17thAnnual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. Anchorage, Alaska. March 2012.

Invited Lectures & Workshops Led

“What ‘Counts’ in Digital Scholarship? Contributions to the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Wiki.” With Sara West, Anne Gere, Brandee Easter, Brandy Dieterle, Adrienne Raw, and Naomi Silver. Conference Workshop. Computers and Writing Conference. Findlay, Ohio. June 2017.

“Using for UWP 1 Portfolios.” UWP 392 (UWP 1 Instructor Training Practicum), University of California, Davis. November 2014.

“Introduction to Multimodality and My Experience at DMAC.” English 259: Composition Studies at San José State University, California. November 2012.

“What is Multimodal Composition and How Can I Use It in My Classroom?” Faculty Professional Development and Training, San José State University, California. August 2012.

“Using Facebook Critically in the Classroom.” English 105: Writing in Electronic Environments at San José State University, California. February 2012.

National Research Forum Presentations

“Social Pedagogies: A Qualitative Study of Pedagogical Approaches to FYC Instruction.” Graduate Research Network at the Computers and Writing Conference. Findlay, Ohio. May 2017.

“Social Media as Composition: A Qualitative Study of Social Media in FYC.” Research Network Forum at the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, Oregon. March 2017.

“Responding in a Participatory Culture: Audience Awareness in Parodies to Rebecca Black’s Friday.” Graduate Research Network at the Computers and Writing Conference. Pullman, Washington. June 2014.


National Service

 PraxisWiki Editorial Review Board at Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy(February 2015-Present)
Final Decision Reviewer for the Computers and Writing Conference (2016, 2017)
Early Draft Feedback Reviewer for the Computers and Writing Conference (2016, 2017)

Campus and Departmental Administration 

Co-Chair, Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies PhD Designated Emphasis Research & Feedback Group (2016-2018)

University Writing Program, University of California, Davis

  • Coordinated events to develop community for the students and faculty of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies doctoral program at UC Davis
  • Led workshops and invited and coordinated faculty giving workshops for doctoral students

Co-Chair, Rhetoric@Davis Research Cluster & Speaker Series (2014-2016)

Davis Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis

  • Collaborated with leadership committee and coordinated with various departments and campuses to invite speakers to campus on rhetoric topics
  • Coordinated all details of speakers’ visits, including schedule, room reservations, promotion, etc.

Co-Chair, Education Graduate Student Association at UC Davis (2014-2015)

School of Education, University of California, Davis

  • Coordinated the graduate student leadership board for the UCD School of Education
  • Coordinated the relationship between the Education graduate student body and the School of Education

Graduate Representative, Composition Committee (Spring Semester 2013)

English Department, San Jose State University 

  • Discussed and voted on department-wide policies and selected composition exam prompts


Ph.D. coursework at UCD

  • Teaching Expository Writing Practicum
  • Literacy and Technology
  • Writing Program Administration
  • Second Language Writing
  • Responding to Student Writing
  • The Use and Misuse of Standardized Tests
  • Social Justice in Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Interview Methodology

M.A. coursework at SJSU

  • Composition Studies
  • Rhetoric and Technology
  • Tutoring Methodology Practicum
  • Writing in Electronic Environments
  • Shakespeare
  • Short Story Cycles and Sequences
  • American Romanticism
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Medieval Literature 


  • Kathy Yancey’s Teaching for Transfer Institute. Council of Writing Program Administrators National Conference. July 2016. Intensive one-day institute on how to teach writing skills in a way that helps students transfer their skills to other classes and contexts.
  • Dana Ferris’sESL Boot Camp.UC Davis. September 2014. Intensive three-day workshop aimed at developing skills for teaching ESL students in writing classes.
  • Cynthia Selfe’sDigital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC). The Ohio State University, Columbus. June 2012. A 2-week intensive workshop on how to teach composition and develop composition programs with digital media components.


Conference on College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English