Chris Gerben returns to teach in PWR after having previously taught in the Program in 2005-07. Before returning, he received his PhD in English and education from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on student online writing, and how student-users may be collaborating and co-authoring texts on popular social media websites, including blogs, new sites, and Facebook. In addition to this research being published and presented in various forms, he has also published articles and chapters on electronic publishing, peer review and response, videogame theory, space theory, and the use of popular technology in the writing classroom.
Chris has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame, where he received his MFA in creative writing. He has taught courses on technical and professional writing, argumentative writing and research, first-year writing and rhetoric, creative writing, upper-level essay writing, and on videogames and education. He has also worked with teaching and learning centers to help integrate technology and active learning techniques into writing across the curriculum pedagogies. He likewise is interested in working with international students and/or students whose first language is not English. Within PWR, Chris has taught courses on science writing, remix and remediation, relationships, and popular media, among others.
In his spare time, Chris religiously follows the Detroit Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, roasts his own coffee and brews his own beer, chooses the color orange for everything, is told by his wife to stop choosing the color orange for everything, and volunteers in the Presidio in San Francisco. He considers Ernest Shackleton a personal hero, and is working on a novel and children's book.