Ph.D. Education: Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies (July 2019)
University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)

Dissertation: “Teaching Rhetorical Strategies Through Social Media: A Qualitative Study of First-Year Composition Instructors and Students”

Committee: Carl W. Whithaus (Chair), Cynthia Carter Ching, and Amber M. Buck

M.A. English: Emphasis in Composition Studies (December 2013)
San José State University (San José, CA)

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


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.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 17.1.


Coad, David T. (May 2014). Review of Social Media: Usage and Impact. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy, 19.1.


National Fellowship Graduate Fellow, Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. University of Michigan. $500. (2016-2017) 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) University of California, Davis, Humanities Institute

Rhetoric@Davis Speaker Series Funding. With Rebecca Kling, Chris Thaiss, and Michele Zugnoni. $5000. (2015-2016)

Rhetoric@Davis Speaker Series Funding. With Jenae Cohn and Chris Thiass. $2000. (2014-2015)


“Using Social Media to Teach Diversity: A Qualitative Case Study.” The University of California Writing Program Conference. Merced, California. November 2018.

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

“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.

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

“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.

“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.
September 2019

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 17th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric. Anchorage, Alaska. March 2012.


“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.


Solano Community College (2018-Present, 4 semesters): Adjunct Faculty, English Department

College Composition (2 semesters)
• Taught a diverse student population to practice college-level writing strategies
• Met students where they were: showed compassion while establishing clear rules and goals

Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature (2 semesters)
• Taught students how to build literary arguments in culturally diverse literature
• Helped students gain confidence in their ability to read and analyze complex literature

Critical Thinking and Composition: Language in Context (2 semester)
• Emphasized critical thinking about technology through analysis of media we see everyday
• Taught students to break down arguments into their pieces to better understand them

University of California, Davis (2013-2018, 15 quarters): Instructor and Teaching Assistant, University Writing Program

Expository Writing (Instructor, 5 quarters)
• Worked with large ELL student populations to expand language skills and rhetorical skills
• Arranged course content to meet programmatic learning outcomes and meet students’ needs

Expository Writing—Hybrid Version (Instructor, 6 quarters)
• Designed and implemented online activities in multiple learning management systems
• Used a variety of technologies in-class and between classes to enhance student learning
Writing and Visual Rhetoric (Teaching Assistant, 4 quarters)
• Led lively activities, discussions, and lectures on the rhetoric of visual media
• Worked with students to develop strong analytical writing and media-rich visual projects

San José State University (2010-2013, 6 semesters): Instructor, English Department, and Writing Coach, Language Development Center

Composition I (2 semesters)
• Developed and taught for this introductory writing course for first-year students
• Taught various genres including personal essays, problem essays, and reflective writing

Composition II (2 semesters)
• Developed and taught this second-semester composition course for first-year students
• Taught and scaffolded research papers, including library research and source integration

Activity Section for Academic English 1 and 2 (4 semesters)
• Worked closely with several students who won the most-improved award from the program
• Helped students understand their writing, rather than merely correcting it for them


National Service

Reviewer, Computers and Composition (2019)
• Gave feedback and recommendations on manuscripts for this top-tier academic journal

Reviewer, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, PraxisWiki (2015-2018)
• Gave feedback on media-rich scholarly articles on topics related to composition pedagogy
• Recommended articles for publication or for revise and resubmit

Reviewer, Computers and Writing Conference and Proceedings (2016-2018)
• Gave feedback on proposals to speak at the national Computers and Writing conference
• Rated and recommended speakers for acceptance

Departmental Service

Co-Chair, Composition Graduate Program Workshop Series (2016-2018)
• Coordinated events for the students and faculty of this doctoral program at UC Davis
• Led workshops and invited and coordinated faculty giving workshops for doctoral students

Co-Chair, Rhetoric@Davis Speaker Series (2014-2016)
• Collaborated with a committees, departments, and campuses to invite speakers to UC Davis
• Managed all details of speakers’ visits, including schedule, reservations, and advertising

Co-Chair, Education Graduate Student Association (2014-2015)
• Directed the graduate student leadership board for the UC Davis School of Education
• Coordinated relations between the Education student body and the School of Education

Member, Composition Committee (Spring semester 2013)
• Served on San Jose State’s Composition Committee as the graduate student representative
• Discussed impactful issues such as departmental final exam prompts


• Writing Program Administration
• Social Justice in Education
• Second Language Writing
• Use and Misuse of Standardized Tests
• Response to Culturally Diverse Literature
• Theory of Composition Pedagogy
• Rhetoric and Technology
• Qualitative Research Methodology
• Interview Methodologies


Teaching for Equity (T4E) Training. Solano Community College, Fall 2019.
• Read equity-related books and discussed implementation with colleagues.
• Reflected on my own pedagogy and how to improve its equity focus.

Kathy Yancey’s Teaching for Transfer Institute. Council of Writing Program Administrators, July 2016
• Intensive institute on how to teach writing skills in a way that helps students transfer their skills to other classes and contexts.

Dana Ferris’s ESL Boot Camp. UC Davis, September 2014.
• Intensive workshop aimed at developing skills for teaching ESL students in writing classes.

Cynthia Selfe’s Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC). Ohio State University, June 2012.
• An intensive workshop on how to teach composition and develop composition programs with digital media components.