Matt Directs Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL), an initiative that supports students and instructors in multimodal composition assignments that engage the word beyond the classroom. Matt focuses on public engagement through his teaching and volunteering. Students in Matt’s classes have partnered in service-learning projects with the Johnson County Crisis Center, Children of Promise, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, University of Iowa Child Life Services, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. Matt has led and co-led creative writing workshops for teens in the Iowa City Public Library, for incarcerated men in the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, for people experiencing barriers to stability in the Iowa City Shelter House, and for university students interested in informal writing peer support in the Writing Center.
Prior to joining the Rhetoric faculty as a lecturer in 2011, Matt served six years as the assistant director of the University of Iowa Writing Center where he served as acting director in 2008 and 2014. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. His scholarly interests include literacy education and multimodal composition.
Matt regularly presents scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences including most recently at the International Writing Centers Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and Computers and Writing. He recently served on the board of the International Writing Centers Association.