Matt directs Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning (IDEAL), an initiative that supports students and instructors in multimodal composition assignments that engage the world 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 Oakdale Prison, 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.
He earned his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. Prior to joining the Rhetoric faculty in 2011, Matt spent six years as the assistant director of the University of Iowa Writing Center. He served as acting director of the Writing Center in 2008 and 2014. In 2018, Matt earned his PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture. His scholarly interests include composition and rhetoric, literacy education, and multimodal composition.
Matt regularly presents scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences including the International Writing Centers Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and Computers and Writing.