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Dr. Estee Beck


[Beck, Dr. Estee]
  • Assistant Professor, English
  • Assistant Professor, English


Estee Beck is an assistant professor of professional and technical writing/digital humanities in the Department of English. She holds a PhD in English, with a specialization in rhetoric and writing from Bowling Green State University. Her research engagements span computers & writing, rhetoric & composition, digital rhetoric, surveillance & privacy, professional and technical communication, and digital humanities. She has published in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Computers & Composition: An International Journal, Computers & Composition Online, and Hybrid Pedagogy. She currently serves as a member (national) for the Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication.

Professional Preparation

    • 2015 PhD in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric & Writing Bowling Green State University
    • 2011 M.A. in EnglishMarshall University
    • 2008 B.A. in EnglishWest Virginia State University


    • July 2015 to Present Assistant Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Aug 2010 to May 2011 Instructor
      Marshall University


  • Professional
    • Mar 2017 to Present Association of Teachers of Technical Writng
  • Membership
    • Oct 2015 to Present Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR)
    • Nov 2008 to Present College Composition and Communication
  • Membership
    • Aug 2014 to Present Rhetoric Society of America

Other Activities

    • Podcast
      • Sept 2015 What is a digital pedagogy (part two)?
      • Aug 2015 What is digital pedagogy (part one)?
      • Academic Interview
        • July 2015 Interview with Digital Rhetorician Estee Beck on Algorithmic Surveillance
        • Field Guide Post
          • Nov 2015 Algorithmic Discrimination in Online Spaces
          • Podcast
            • Sept 2014 Women Scholars of Computers and Writing

Research and Expertise

  • Research Areas

    Digital rhetoric (theory and practice); Internet surveillance and privacy connected to writing infrastructures; cyber- and techno- feminisms and/or fourth wave; technical writing/communication, with ethics in Internet research, data analytics, and Internet of Things; digital humanities, including research methods and methodologies/ethical representations; and more broadly, as a reader of modern rhetorical theory, multimodal compositions, distribution/production of the history of ebooks (including open acces, intellectual property, and sustainability areas).


      Book Chapter In-press
      • Beck, Estee. (In Press, 2018). Towards Digital Rhetoric’s Future with Algorithmic Culture. For consideration in Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Digital Writing & Rhetoric. Under contract with Routledge. Proposal accepted Apr 22, 2016. Submitted first draft Nov 1, 2016. In Press, Nov, 2017.

        {Book Chapter }
      • Adams, Laural; Adams, Megan; Baird, Pauline; Beck, Estee; Blair, Kristine; Conway, April; Nickoson, Lee; & Schaffer, Martha. (In Press, 2018).In Marilee Brookes-Gillies, Elena G. Garcia, Soo Hyon Kim, Katie Manthey, Trixie G. Smith, & Shari J. Wolke (Eds.), Graduate writing across the disciplines: identifying, teaching, and supporting. WAC Clearinghouse.

        Proposal accepted, May 2013. First draft submitted, September 2013. Revised draft submitted, November 2013. Second draft submitted, June 2014. Author bio update email communication, May 2015. Book proposal acceptance by WAC Clearinghouse, email communication, May 2016. Editors indicate third round of revisions from reviewer feedback in email communication, June 2016. Editors indicate book going moving to in-press status, November, 2017.

        {Book Chapter }

      Book Chapter 2017
      • Beck, Estee. Sustaining critical literacies in an age of digital algorithmic surveillance. For consideration in Douglas Walls and Stephanie Vie (Eds.) Social writing/social media. 20 ms. pages. WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives on Writing book series/Parlor Press.

        Proposal accepted, June 2014. First chapter draft to editors submitted, September  2014. Notification of contract from editors for WAC Clearinghouse Perspectives, October 2014. Second chapter draft to editors submitted, February 2015. Verbal acknowledgement the collection is out for review October 2015. Email from editor, Jan 2016, collection is with publishers. Reviewer feedback, April 2016. Revisions submitted to editors, June 2016. Published, October 2017.

        {Book Chapter }

      Journal Article 2016
      • Beck, Estee; Crow, Angela; DeVoss, Dánielle; deWinter, Jennifer; Gonzales, Laura; McKee, Heidi; Reilly, Colleen; Vie, Stephanie. (2016). Writing in an age of surveillance, privacy, and net neutrality. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Invited contribution & co-equal author. Webtext. Available

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      • Beck, Estee. (2016). A theory of persuasive computer algorithms for rhetorical code studies. Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Available: Accepted May, 2015. Draft to editors for peer review September, 2015. Revisions to editors October, 2015. Email from editors indicate a late Spring 2016 publication. May 2016 email from editors indicate a press delay with publication forthcoming. Published Nov, 2016.

        {Journal Article }

      Book Chapter 2016
      • Beck, Estee. (2016). Who is tracking you? A rhetorical framework for evaluating surveillance privacy practices. In Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk (Eds.) Establishing and evaluating digital ethos and online credibility. Draft submitted to editors Jan 17, 2016. Reviewer feedback received Feb 22, 2016. Revisions sent Apr 15, 2016. Editor & publisher acceptance, May 2016 pending final edits. Submitted final edits, June 2016. Email from editors indicate Dec 2016 or Jan 2017 publication. Chapter proofs received, Oct 2016. Published, Nov 2016.

        {Book Chapter }
      • Beck, Estee; Grohowski, Mariana; & Blair, Kristine. (2016). Subverting virtual hierarchies: A cyberfeminist critique of course management spaces. In Jim Purdy and Dánielle Nicole DeVoss (Eds.), Making space: Writing instruction, infrastructure, and multiliteracies. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative/University of Michigan Press. Available

        Abstract accepted, October 2012. First version of chapter submitted to editors, December 2012. Revision of first draft to editors, June 2013. Contract by University of Michigan Press for collection awarded, January 2014. First reviews of chapter, March-Sept, 2014. Chapter proofs, October, 2014. Email communication, May 2015 from editors indicate Summer of 2015 publication of collection. Email communication, November 2015 indicates press delay. Email communication, December 2015 indicates press delay due to new site software system. Email from editors indicate May/June 2016 publication. Published June 15, 2016

        {Book Chapter }

      Book Review 2015
      • Blair, Kristine, Beck, Estee, & Grohowski, Mariana. Gendered labor: The work of feminist digital praxis. For consideration to Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Review essay, audio, images. Co-equal author. Published August 15, 2015.

        {Review essay }

      Conference Proceeding 2015
      Musical Composition 2015
      • Please note that the categories for publication info are pre-populated in MENTIS and do not allow users to enter their own categories. This is a multimodal composition, NOT a musical composition. 

        Beck, Estee. (2015). Infecting William S. Burroughs words: A mediation between host and parasite. Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Available at

        Published February 2015

        {Musical Composition }

      Journal Article 2015
      • Beck, Estee. (2015). The invisible digital identity: Assemblages in digital networks. Computers & Composition: An International Journal, 35, 125–140. Published March, 2015

        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 2014
      • Beck, Estee. (2014). Breaking up with Facebook: Untethering from the ideological freight of online surveillance. Hybrid Pedagogy.

        {Journal Article }

      Conference Proceeding 2013
      • Please note that the categories for publication info are pre-populated in MENTIS and do not allow users to enter their own categories. This is a conference session review, and NOT a conference proceeding.

        Beck, Estee. (2013). Session Review: “Coalition of women scholars in the history of rhetoric and composition.” Session at CCCCs. KariosWikis. 17(2).

        {Conference Proceeding }

      Book Review 2013
      • Beck, Estee. (2013). Book Review: Cyberfeminism 2.0. Technoculture, 2.

        {Book Review }
      • Bridgewater, Matthew, & Beck, Estee. (2013). Book Review: The boy kings: A journey into the heart of a social network. Computers & Composition Online. Spring, 2013.

        {Book Review }

      Essay 2013
      • Beck, Estee. (2013). Reflecting upon the past, sitting with the present, and charting our future: Gail Hawisher and Cynthia Selfe discussing the community of Computers & Writing. Computers & Composition, 30(4). 349­­­–357. [Interview]

        {Essay }
      • Beck, Estee, & Bridgewater, Matthew. (2013). Perspectives on first-year writing: An interview with Christine Tulley. Computers & Composition Online. Winter, 2013. [Interview]

        {Essay }

      Book Review 2012
      • Beck, Estee. (2012). Book Review: Multiliteracy centers: writing center work, new media, and multimodal rhetoric. Computers & Composition Online. Spring, 2012.

        {Book Review }


    • October  2017
      Rise Up for a Feminist-Led Internet Privacy Revolution!: A Cyberfeminist Response to the Use of Psychometric Data and Algorithmic Surveillance in the 2016 United States Presidential Election
      Talk given at a conference
    • March  2017
      A technical communicator’s dilemma upon finding consumer apathy toward website and app privacy policy statements
      Conference talk
    • November  2016
      Who Watches the Watchers: Privacy Erosion, Surveillance, & Online Terms and Conditions

      College of Liberal Arts' Digital Arts & Humanities Speaker Series, presented Nov 8, 2016

    • May  2016
      Rhetoric Under the Interface and the Rise of Sensors, Surveillance, and Telepathic Communication

      Computers & Writing 2016.

      Talk given about what is gained and lost in online communication, with the rhetoric of sharing, sensors, and surveillance & calling into question rhetoric's place.

    • October  2015
      Teaching Privacy

      WIDE-EMU (Un)Conference. Presented with Leslie Hutchinson, Michigan State University (co-collaborator) 

    • May  2015
      Technoliterate in(ter)Ventions: Surveillance, privacy, and net neutrality

      Computers & Writing. This interactive town hall will provide a forum for the Computers and Writing community to learn more about the issues we face regarding surveillance, privacy, and net neutrality. More importantly, the speakers will offer some steps we can take to not only increase our technoliteracies but also to affect change. Specifically, the facilitators will propose concrete and theoretically informed approaches to fostering technoliteracies around surveillance technologies present in social media, gaming environments, and online research spaces; the need to develop ethical principles appropriate for working, learning, and playing in electronic spaces; and the manner in which writing programs participate in collecting data about students through developing repositories of their students’ work and/or data.

    • May  2015
      Empowering and sustaining peer mentoring: An interactive workshop panel for graduate students and faculty

      Given the nature of shifting political, economic, and social realities of the academy today, we advocate for a mentoring practice among peers in addition to more traditional forms (e.g., hierarchical) mentorship, which speaks back to the history of discussions concerning trends in education and mentorship within the computers and writing community and the larger field of writing studies. To address changing trends in mentoring, this interactive workshop panel will provide a space for graduate students and faculty to discuss facilitating and implementing peer-to-peer mentoring from both graduate student and faculty perspectives. 

    • May  2015
      Sustaining critical literacies in an age of digital surveillance

      Note: This presentation was for an accepted book chapter on the title/subject.

      While writing teachers and scholars have claimed critical literacies are necessary components in curriculums, educators must also find ways to sustain the existing critical frameworks in the face of prosumer labor and surveillance online to examine surveillance culture and mitigate data harvesting at the expense of privacy.

    • December  2014
      Previous Conferences

      While the conferences listed for 2015 occured (except AoIR) prior to employment with the The University of Texas at Arlington, they are represented here to illustrate engagement in the calendar year, with comments on works forthcoming out of such presentations.

      For conference presentations prior to employment with The University of Texas at Arlington, please visit my online CV at

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Jan 2016 to Aug 2016 Digital Arts and the Humanities Initative sponsored by  - $8000

Other Research Activities

  • 2016
    • Author.
      • June 2016 Collaborative Edited Collection

        Beck, Estee, & Hutchinson, Leslie. (In Progress). Writing in the Digital Age: Privacy, Surveillance, and Writing Infrastructures. Edited Collection. Pre-proposal accepted by Computers & Composition Digital Press, an imprint of Utah State University Press.

        This edited collection provides writing educators and administrators with scholarly support and resources to address surveillance and privacy issues associated with writing in the digital age. Ideally, chapters will cascade from local to global issues of the practices of working with digital writing spaces that use surveillance techniques; the challenges of protecting student identity and privacy when using proprietary software like Facebook, Google products, and other online platforms; and, finally, how to integrate pedagogical conversations into larger programmatic initiatives or how to address larger infrastructural needs when dealing with surveillance and privacy issues. Pre-proposal green-lit with Computers & Composition Digital Press, an imprint of Utah State University Press.

      • May 2016 Journal Article

        Beck, Estee. (In Progress). Still paying attention: Opaque Writing Infrastructures. Journal Article.


  • 2013
    • June 2013 Marks upon the body: Writing technology’s imprint on the human body

      Video installation of images showing the imprints/markers technologies have left upon human bodies shown at the 2013 Computers & Writing conference in Frostburg, MD


Students Supervised


      • ENGL 3385-001 Information Design

        The syllabus meets web accessibility guidelines. 

        This course explores introductory theories of information design. Assignments focus on analyzing, redesigning, and designing documents for professional and technical genres. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate effective information design throughout various genres of professional materials. Additionally, students will be able to plan and deliver solutions for clients and other stakeholders in an organization. Students will gain technical and practical experience using Adobe InDesign. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

        This syllabus meets web accessibility guidelines. As an introductory course on the histories and theories of multimedia authoring in writing and rhetoric, you’ll learn how to define, examine, evaluate, and create multimedia elements from a rhetorical perspective. In turn, you’ll study how the histories, theories, and practices of multimedia
        production in writing & rhetoric afford writers with an array of rhetorical, technical, and design choices. You will also learn about project management and reporting and develop peer collaboration skills.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ENGL 3373-001 Technical Communication

        This course prepares students to perform audience analyses, usability testing, persuasive communication, tailored documentation, and most importantly how to write with clarity, concision, style, and appropriate tone. The syllabus PDF meets web content accessibility guidelines. 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

        See attached PDF for syllabus and course schedule. The PDF meets web accessibility guidelines.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

        For the course website, visit

        As an introductory course on the histories and theories of multimedia authoring in writing and rhetoric, you’ll learn how to define, examine, evaluate, and create multimedia elements from a rhetorical perspective. In turn, you’ll study how the histories, theories, and practices of multimedia production in writing and rhetoric afford writers with an array of rhetorical, technical, and design choices. During the course, you’ll learn about key conversations in writing and rhetoric and digital humanities, and you’ll work on individual and collaborative projects using authoring technologies. You’ll also learn about project management and develop collaboration skills. The final course deliverable will be a book review of [web]book in writing and rhetoric or digital humanities, and your team will submit the work to Computers and Composition Online. Through a series of reflective responses and low-stake assessments, you’ll understand how to assess your learning progress and mastery of course content. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302

Service to the Profession

  • Appointed
    • Oct 2011 to  May 2014 Editoral Roles for Computers & Composition: An International Journal

      Served as associate editor of production from 2013-2014, which included overseeing the copyediting process, including reviewing copyediting work of assistant editorial team (of approximately 5-8 people), serving as a point of contact for production related queries for manuscript authors, and uploading materials and coordinating release of manuscripts with editorial team member with Elsevier.

      Served as assistant editor from 2011-2013 for the journal, which included copyediting one peer-reviewed journal article per cycle (four publications a year).

    • May 2015 to  Present Outreach & Resources Editor for Computers & Composition Digital Press

      Primary activities include soliciting commentary, resources, interviews, promotional materials from colleagues in the field for content associated with Computers & Composition Digital Press for The Scholar Electric Blog.

      Secondary activities of this role include networking with colleagues who will write letters of nomination for the various awards at conferences allied with the readership of CCDP, such as the Conference of College Composition and Communication, Computers and Writing, Rhetoric Society of America, and so forth.

    • Apr 2016 to  Present Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication (NCTE/CCC)

      National committee for College Composition and Communication/NCTE with a charge to promote digital technologies in composition classrooms; sponsor demonstrations, workshops, panels at CCCC and NCTE-sponsored conferences; support the annual Computers and Writing conference by coordinating search for sponsoring university; serve as a resource for teachers, scholars, and students interested in technology-facilitated writing; manage the nomination and judging process for the annual CCCC Technology Innovator Award & bestow at the annual Computers and Writing conference.

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2015 to  Nov 2015 Social Media Taskforce Member for the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

      Serves as a social media taskforce member to collect data on social media use for an executive summary report to the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition board members. To date contributions have included developing a Facebook and Twitter brief on data analytics recommendations; data analytics summary reporting of the Coalition's Facebook page; and developing a repository of data analytics reports for future research.

Service to the University

  • Volunteered
    • Sept 2015 to  Present Placement for Graduate Students. The Department of English

      Committee member. 

    • Oct 2015 to  Present Technical Writing Committee

      Committee member for discussion of items connected to technical writing within the Department of English

  • Other
    • Aug 2015 to  Present Media & Technology. The Department of English

      Committee member.

    • Aug 2015 to  Present Recruitment, Retention, & Alumni Committee. The Department of English

      Committee member.

    • Aug 2015 to  Present Graduate Studies. The Department of English

      Committee member.