MSUToday
Published: Dec. 9, 2011

Faculty conversations: Danielle DeVoss

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743 meghan.spork@ur.msu.edu

Danielle DeVoss is currently working on four books. 

One book, recently released, is called "Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Composition Classroom." This text explores how to navigate intellectual property laws, which DeVoss, a professor of professional writing, describes as complicated and cumbersome. 

"More and more, we're having students write not just with words, but with images, with transitions, with movement, with sound – and sometimes they use the sound and images of others. Now what does that mean in the classroom?" DeVoss said. 

DeVoss also is working on another book project called “Cultures of Copyright,” which explores cultural influences on copyright and how intellectual property is affected. 

Another book DeVoss is working on deals with the topic of digital assessment. Many teachers are only accustomed to grading traditional text, or word-processed documents.  In the book, DeVoss explores what happens when students are asked to create different types of multimedia texts. 

"It's a different world for teachers," DeVoss said.

The final book DeVoss has started is a less theoretical text which analyzes different modes utilized for making meaning. This book will serve as a practitioner's guide and acts as a resource for students and teachers. 

Because of her varied interests, DeVoss's dream project is to go on sabbatical on MSU's campus. She wants to spend a few days in every department on campus. 

"I want to find those threads that bring us together to make us Spartans, researchers, educators and professionals," said DeVoss. 

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Danielle DeVoss, professor of professional writing, talks about her current book projects and her dream sabbatical.

Danielle DeVoss, professor of professional writing, talks about her current book projects and her dream sabbatical.

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