I am an assistant professor in the Communication and Digital Media Department at Saint Joseph’s University.  My academic research focuses on digital design practices. I apply a rhetorical lens to designed spaces including websites, social media, artistic media, and most recently — physical classroom spaces. With my research I strive to bridge an important gap between 1) the more formal and technical aspects of designed communication and 2) the rhetorical aspects of how digital communication engages users aesthetically, connects people, and builds stronger communities. To put it plainly, I use rhetoric and design to build beautiful and useful things in the real world that make positive social change.

My writing has been featured in Computers and Composition, Computers and Composition Online, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and the edited collection Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies published by University of Michigan Press/Sweetland. When I’m not teaching and researching, you can find me outside the classroom walls directing Beautiful Social projects, organizing TEDx events, or teaching digital storytelling workshops.

I have a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Rhetoric and Writing with concentrations in digital and cultural rhetorics and an M.A. in Central and Eastern European Studies from Jagiellonian Univerisity. For more background info, please see my CV or visit LinkedIn or Academia.edu. Contact: aknight@sju.edu