Research

Current Projects

Stop the Insanity! A Practical Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Postdigital Era. Manuscript in progress. Target completion mid-2021.

“A Genealogy of Failure.” If at First You Don’t Succeed? Writing, Rhetoric, and the Question of Failure, edited by Steven J. Corbett. Manuscript in progress (proposal accepted). Target completion: April 2021.

Journal Articles 

“The Ellis Island of the University” in “A Department Responds to COVID.” I Think You’re Muted: Voices from the Coronavirus Pandemic. Special issue of Survive and Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine, vol. 5, no. 3, 2021, n. pag. (Forthcoming in July 2021.)

“Digital Stories, Material Transformations: Reflections of Education Students in a Pre-Teacher Digital Storytelling Program.” English Teaching: Practice and Critique, vol. 20, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ETPC-07-2020-0066. (Co-authored with Dr. Christina Romero-Ivanova and Greta Faurote.)

“The University of Crisis.” The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, vol. 80, no. 1, Jan. 2021, pp. 23-51. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajes.12371.

Future People: Make Postdigital Literacy the Cornerstone of Post-COVID-19 Higher Education.” The Forum for Values in Higher Education, 24 Mar. 2021, n. pag.

“The Mind Is a Mask.” Liberal Education, vol. 107, no. 1, winter 2021, pp. 27-31. (Co-authored with Dr. Mark Canada, Dr. Christina Downey, and Polly Boruff-Jones.)

“Confirming Ideology: Rhetoric, Politics, and the Ideological State Apparatus in U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings.” Communication Law Review, vol. 18, no. 2, Oct.-Nov. 2018, pp. 29-57. (Co-authored with Dr. Chris R. Darr.)

“Assessing Information Literacy on a Regional Campus.” Assessment Update, vol. 30, no. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2018, pp. 4-12. (Co-authored with Yan He, Polly Boruff-Jones, and Dr. Chris R. Darr.)

“Notes from the Margins: WAC/WID and the Institutional Politics of Place(ment).” Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing, vol. 11, 2014.

“Survival Guide Advice and the Spirit of Academic Entrepreneurship: Why Graduate Students Will Never Just Take Your Word for It.” Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, vol. 21, 2013, pp. 25-39.

“What Is Pedagogy? Ethnographic Questions and Ethological Encounters.” JAC, vol. 29, no. 4, 2009, pp. 757-92.

“The Rhetoricity of Cultural Literacy.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 9, 2009, pp. 487-500.

“Disciplinarity, Pedagogy, and the Future of Education: Introduction.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 9, 2009, pp. 471-74. Print. (Co-authored and co-edited with Dr. Adam Ellwanger.)

Book Chapters

“Pandemic Love.” Writing the Pandemonium: Perspectives on Pandemic Literature, edited by Rakhi Vyas, Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute, 2021, pp. 51-62. (Co-authored with Dr. Christina Romero-Ivanova.)

“Voicing Graduate Student Writing Experiences: A Study of Cross-Level Courses at Two Master’s-granting, Regional Institutions.” Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting, edited by Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, and Trixie G. Smith, WAC Clearinghouse, 2020. (Co-authored with Dr. Brian R. Henderson.)

“First-year Composition Should Be Skipped.” Bad Ideas about Writing, edited by Drew M. Loewe and Cheryl E. Ball, West Virginia University Digital Publishing Institute, 2017, pp. 24-29.

“Education.” American Decades: 2000-2009, edited by Eric Bargeron, Gale/Cengage, 2012, pp. 123-55. (Co-authored with Ashley Stimpson.)

“Disciplinarity, Identity Crises, and the Teaching of Writing.” Who Speaks for Writing: Stewardship for Writing Studies in the 21st Century, edited by Jennifer Rich and Ethna Lay, Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 87-101.

“Why Argue?” Introduction. The Carolina Reader, edited by Lee Bauknight, Brooke Rollins, and Emily Crawford, Pearson Custom, 2007, pp. 2-10.

Digital Publications

“Digital Habits.” The Academic Minute, produced by David C. Hopper, 4 Nov. 2020.
https://academicminute.org/2020/11/paul-cook-indiana-university-kokomo-digital-habits/.

“First Year Composition Should Be Skipped.” Bad Ideas about Writing, produced by Kyle Stedman, 4 Sept. 2020. https://anchor.fm/bad-ideas-about-writing/episodes/5-First-Year-Composition-Should-Be-Skipped–by-Paul-G–Cook-ej06hi.

Reviews

Rev. of “Composition in the Age of Austerity,” pres. by Tom Fox, Tony Scott, and Nancy Welch. Chair. Lil Brannon. Conference on College Composition and Communication Annual Convention. JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN. 20 Mar. 2014. Conference presentation. Kairos vol. 19, no. 1, 2014.

Rev. of Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University, by William Clark. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 2, 2008, pp. 352-55.

Rev. of The Function of Theory in Composition Studies, by Raúl Sánchez. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 4, 2007, pp. 109-12.