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PhD English, Purdue University, 2004

Primary Area:
Rhetoric and Composition

Secondary Areas:
Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing
Cultural Studies and Theory

Dissertation: The Ecology of a Digital Environment: Using Ecofeminist Theory to Understand Microsoft Word’s Rhetorical Design

MA English Literature, Kutztown University, 1999 - Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Enrolled, MFA Creative Writing Program in Fiction, University of Alabama, Fall 1996 - Spring 1998

BA English, Pennsylvania State University, 1991

  Academic Employment

Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
August 2005 - Present

Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
August 2004 – August 2005

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
August 1999 – May 2004

Professional Writing Tutor, Pennsylvania State University – Berks Campus
August 1998 – July 1999

Instructional Media Development Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus
August 1998 – May 1999

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama,
Fall 1996 – Spring 1998


Romberger, Julia E. (Forthcoming Spring 2012). Multimodality, Memory, and Evidence: How the Treasure House of Rhetoric is Being Digitally Renovated (accepted for Carl Whithaus and Tracy Bowen (Eds.) Multimodal Literacies and Emerging Genres in Student Compositions. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press

Romberger, Julia E. and Scialdone-Kimberley, Hannah. (2011) Nurturing Mother Nature: An Ecofeminist Perspective on the Visual Rhetoric of Environmental Activism International Journal of the Image. 1.3 pp. 39-52.

Romberger, Julia E. (2011) Ecofeminist Ethics and Digital Technology: A Case Study of Microsoft Word In Douglas Vakosh (Ed.) Rhetoric, Sex, Technology: Ecofeminist Perspectives on Discourse. (pp. ) New York: Berghahn Books.

Romberger, Julia E. (2007). An Ecofeminist Methodology: Studying the Ecological Dimensions of the Digital Environment In Dànielle DeVoss and Heidi McKee (Eds.), Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues, (pp 249-267). Cresskill NJ: Hampton Press. (Winner: Computers and Writing Best Book of 2007)

DePew, Kevin, Fishman, T.A., Romberger, Julia E., and Bridget Fahey Ruetenik. (2006). “Designing Efficiencies: The Parallel Narratives of Distance Education and Composition Studies.” Computers and Composition 23.1 pp. 49-67.

Romberger, Julia. “Retaining the Relevancy of Rhetoric in Practice: Interactivity as Rhetorical Strategy in Multimedia Writing.” Proc. of the 2002 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference. 3 - 5 Oct 2002. Utah State U. Logan, UT: CPTSC, (available at

  Book Review

Romberger, Julia E. (0ctober 2010) Book review of Together with Technology: Writing Review, Enculturation and Technological Mediation by Jason Swarts. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 24.4 pp. 544-549.

  Research and Manuscripts in Progress  

Romberger, Julia. The Ecology of a Writing Environment: The Connections between Microsoft Word, the Work of Writing, and Computer Literacy. (completed book manuscript out for review)

Romberger, Julia E. and DePew, Kevin E. Memoria and Authority Web 2.0 Style (working title) (in progress)

DePew, Kevin and Romberger, Julia E. Wiki Pedagogy, or How to Teach Students to Let the Author Die (in progress)

Romberger, Julia E. and DePew, Kevin E. The Rhetoric of Efficiency and Efficient Rhetoric: Ideologies and Writing in Writing Studies (monograph in progress)