Kristopher John Purzycki

2474 N. Fratney St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212


Dissertator in English and Media Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition, Old Dominion University, May 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, Old Dominion University, 2011, Magna cum Laude
Associates of Applied Arts in Graphic Design, Milwaukee Area Technical College, 2003


Intimate Male Relationships in Almost Human.” New Male Studies. 5.1: 2016
Dissimulation, Disability Rhetoric, and the Application of Virtual Reality-Based Therapy.” Meaningful Play 2014 Conference Proceedings.
“Making Learning Reel – Student-Made Videos on Mobile Devices.” with Dr. Rochelle Rodrigo. Chapter published in Enhancing Instruction with Visual Media: Utilizing Video and Lecture Capture. IGI Global: 2013.

Edited Collections

Editor: Not Just Play: Essays on Motivations and Impacts of Pokemon GO, with Andrew Kulak, Jamie Henthorn, and Stephanie Vie. Contracted by McFarland Publishing to be published in Fall 2018.


Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store.” Film Criticism, 2017.
“The Uncanny Valley.” Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, (forthcoming).


Teaching Experience

Milwaukee Area Technical College


English 201, Fall 2017

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Strategies for Academic Writing, Spring 2017
Introduction to English Studies, Fall 2016
College Writing and Research (Online), Summer 2016
College Writing and Research (Multimodal), Spring 2015
College Writing and Research, Spring 2015 – Spring 2016
Introduction to College Writing, Fall 2013 – Fall 2014

Old Dominion University

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Primary Instructor: Jennifer Sloggie-Pierce

ENG 327: Advanced Composition; Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.

Current Campus Positions

Project Assistant, UWM English Department, Fall 2016-present
Intern, Digital Humanities Lab, UWM, Fall 2016 – present

Past Campus Positions

Project Assistant, Digital Arts and Culture Program, Fall 2014 – Spring 2017
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)

Chair, Fall 2015 – 2016
Vice-Chair, Spring 2014
Volunteer, 2013 – 2017


Publication Positions

oneshot (forthcoming)

Chair, 2017- present

cream city review

Production Manager, 2013–present
Art Editor, 2013 – 2014
Editor, IØ section, 2016

Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Computers and Writing

Editor, present

Press Start

Editor  2014 – 2015
Reviewer 2014-present



Webcast, January 2015-April 2016
Live (WXRW), Spetember 2017-present

Serious Play

The Lunch Zone, May 2017-August 2017
Koffee Klatsch, September 2017-present
Doctors and Dungeon Masters, September 2017-present



“Classroom Uses for the Twine Platform.” Digital Humanities Lab, 2016.
“Play as Activism: Using Game-Based Pedagogy to Build Structural Understanding, Foster Empathy, and Scaffold Change.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2016.
“Risky Teaching,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2015.
“Multimodal Composing on Mobile Devices,” Workshop. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014
“Lost in a Wonderland of Mobile learning,” assisted Dr. Rochelle Rodrigo in conducting workshop, EDUCAUSE 2012, Denver, Colorado. November 2012.


“Possibilities and Realities of Digital Humanities Across Disciplines: What can other disciplines learn from DH and what can DH learn from other disciplines?” Roundtable, HASTAC Conference, 2017.
“[[Enter Twine’d]]: Linking Teaching and Learning through Hypertext,” HASTAC Conference, 2017.
“Wizard in the Watchtower: MUD-Space and the Engineering of Creative Wonder.” Computers and Writing, 2017.
“Communities of Interactivism: Procedural Fluency and the Rhetoric of Digital Public Spaces.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2017.
“Passages and Pedagogies: Classroom Applications for the Twine Platform.” Meaningful Play, 2016.
“Creative GREP Works.” Electronic Literature Organization, 2016.
“Teaching the Game Experience: An Ecological Approach to Genres of Paratext.” Computers and Writing, 2016.
“Failure, Loss, Loop: Negative Feedback and the Affect of Uncanny Games in The Stanley Parable.” International Conference Series in Games and Literary Theory, 2015.
“Reading the Newsgame: Considerations for Using Games to Teach Critical Thinking Skills.” Computers & Writing, 2015.
“So Who’s Right? Analyzing Rhetorical Leverage Points of #Gamergate to Discuss Ethics and Stakeholders.” Computers & Writing, 2015.
Dissimulation, Disability Rhetoric, and the Application of Virtual Reality-Based Therapy.” Meaningful Play, 2014.
“Rendering Text(ures): Foundations for Developing a Virtual Text-Crafting Environment.” Electronic Literature Organization Annual Conference, 2014.
“Algorithmic Segregation: A Glimpse into the Social Code of Skyrim.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, 2014.
“Ludic[rous?] Pedagogy: The Promises and Pitfalls of Gamifying the Composition Classroom.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2014
“Endless Resources? An Ecocritical Perspective on Minecraft.” Meaningful Play Conference, Michigan State University. October 2012.
“Rosalind: The Fool of Arden.” Shakespeare and the Natural World Graduate Conference, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. March 2012.
“<blink> Digitally Vile: Rhetorical Implications of an Ugly Internet</blink>.” Emergence: A Rhetoric Symposium, Old Dominion University. July 2011.
“Composing for the Community: Freshman Writing for the Civic Audience.” Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. March 2011.


University Service

HASTAC Scholar, 2016 – present
Chair, Critical Code Studies Group, 2016 – 2017
Organizer (UWM Campus), Humanities Unbound Conference, April 2017
Executive Committee Chair, C’s the Day, 2016 – present
Executive Committee Chair, Council for Play and Game Studies, 2016 – present
Docent , Electronic Literature Organization Annual Conference, 2014
Public Relations Chair, Graduate Student Organization, Summer 2012-Spring 2013,
32nd Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing, March 2011. Distance Communications Coordinator
Rhetoric Society of Old Dominion University, 2010-2012. Webmaster
English Graduate Organization, 2012, Assistant Webmaster


Professional Work Experience

Public Information Officer, Virginia Department of Transportation, May 2012 – August, 2013
Lead Designer, Sunny Day Guide, March 2008 – August 2011
Graphic Designer, Lillian Vernon Corporation, December 2006 – February 2008

Volunteer Experience

Riverwest Food Cooperative, Communications Committee member, Board Member, 2013 – 2016.
Social Media Coordinator, American Red Cross – Coastal Virginia Region, 2011 – 2013.
Clean the Bay Day, Zone Captain, 2006 – 2010.
Project Homeless Connect, 2007.

Research Interests

Digital Humanities
Computer Games and Poetics
Multimodal Composition
Digital Media and Aesthetics

Teaching Interests

New Media Rhetoric & Theory
Digital Rhetoric & Composition
Digital Humanities

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