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Dr. Joe  Essid
Dr. Joe Essid
Director, Writing Center

Dr. Essid directs the university's Writing Center and Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. He's a Richmond native who earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. He studies changing patterns of literacy and their influence on student writing, especially how technology alters notions of "good writing." He is a freelance writer and blogger. He is co-editor, with Brian McTague of VA Commonwealth University, of Writing Centers at the Center of Change (Routledge, 2019).


Hickey, Dona J., and Joe Essid. Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2014.


With Fran Wilde. "Building a Collaborative Online Literary Experience." Educause Quarterly 34.3 (2011).

"Working for the Clampdown: Being Crafty at a 'Managed' University." Writing Lab Newsletter 30.2 (Oct. 2005): 1-5.

"Film as Explicador for Hypertext." Computers and Humanities 38 (2004): 317-333.

With Dona J. Hickey. "It's a Wrap: Digital Video & Tutor Training." The Writing Lab Newsletter 26.6 (Feb. 2002): 13-16.

"'Cobwebs in the Sky': Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi as Hypertext." Kairos 6.2 (Fall 2001).

"Hard Books, Deep Reading, and Synchronous Conferences in the Humanities 'Pickle Factory.' " In the online edition of Computers and Composition.


"Playing In A New Key, In A New World: Virtual Worlds, Millennial Writers, and 3d Composition." Teaching and Learning in 3D Immersive Worlds: Pedagogical Models and Constructivist Approaches. Ed. Amy  Cheney. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2010.

"Something for Nothing." (science ficition short story). Catastrophia. Ed. Allen Ashley. Hornsea, United Kingdom: PS, 2011.

Ph.D., Indiana University
Contact Information
349 Humanities Building
(804) 289-8935
(804) 289-8313 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Technology in the Classroom
Generative AI
Writing Centers
Writing Across the Curriculum