My name is Paul Cook. I’m an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and Language Studies at Indiana University Kokomo, where I teach writing, rhetoric, technical editing, and digital media. I have served as President of Faculty Senate at IU Kokomo since 2019, and as Reviews Editor for the online journal Across the Disciplines since 2018. I earned a BA in English from Winthrop University, an MA in English from Auburn University, and a PhD from the Rhetoric/Composition program at the University of South Carolina. From 2014 to 2020, I served IU Kokomo as Director of the Writing program; during this time the writing program added a second-year, writing in the disciplines (WID) course (ENG-W 221: Writing in the Disciplines) and revised the curriculum in ENG-W 131: Reading, Writing, & Inquiry.
My research on the teaching of writing has appeared in such journals as Pedagogy, JAC (Journal of Advanced Composition), and Across the Disciplines, while my work in communication theory, the history of the university, and academic labor appears in Communication Law Review, the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, respectively. I have also published on various issues surrounding writing pedagogy, misinformation/disinformation, and information literacy in several edited collections and journals over the years.
My current book project, Beyond “Fake News”: Media Literacy and Misinformation Studies in the Postdigital Era, seeks to move the conversations surrounding information disorder and disinformation beyond our current fascination with so-called “fake news” by concentrating on the socio-cultural and technical drivers of our unique moment in history: the post-truth phenomenon, the superabundance of information, the speed and ubiquity of our networks, educational shortcomings in media literacy and civics learning, and a widespread loss of faith in institutions and experts. In doing so, I examine the history of the university as social institution charged since the Enlightenment with being the arbiter of truth, and suggest how the university might reclaim and re-invigorate this historical mission by making a case for the meta-disciplinary study of problematic information through misinformation studies.
See my current CV below (updated April 2022).