Michael Neal

Associate Professor, Director, Rhetoric & Composition
WMS 223B
Rhetoric and composition, composition theory and practice, writing assessment, multi-media composition

MICHAEL NEAL, Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Louisville (2001), M.A. Ball State University (1994), B.A. Taylor University (1993). Neal's research interests explore the intersections of composition, writing assessment, and digital technologies. His current research includes a book project on digital writing pedagogies as well as articles and chapters on a range of digital writing and assessment topics: reflective writing, digital narratives, undergraduate research, and digital archives.

Neal is the director of the Williams Digital Studio and the co-founder of the FSU Card Archive, a digital and physical archive of historic postcards (http://fsucardarchive.org). Neal teaches undergraduate courses in the Editing, Writing, and Media track of the English major and graduate courses in composition theory, research methods, visual rhetoric, writing program administration, and digital convergence culture. He serves on university committees for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at FSU. Neal also serves as the co-chair of the Advanced Placement (AP) English Language Test and Development Committee with the College Board.


  • "Mentored undergraduate research: A multi-institutional investigation of students' perceptions of identity shifts within this learning sphere." with R. Palmer, A Hunt, & B. Wuetherick. In Maureen Vandermass-Peeler, Paul C. Miller, and Jessie Moore (Ed.), Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (forthcoming).
  • "A Closer Look at Mentored Undergraduate Research: Students' Perceptions of its Influence on Identity Development." with R. Palmer, A Hunt, & B. Wuetherick. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, (forthcoming). 
  • “Digital Portraits: Engaging Students in Personal Essay Writing through Video Composition.” In Laura A. Gray-Rosendale (Ed.), Getting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age. SUNY. (2018) 
  • "The Perils of Standing Alone: Reflective Writing in Relationship to Other Texts in Portfolio Assessment." A Rhetoric of Reflection. Ed. Kathleen Blake Yancey. Utah State University Press, 2016.
  • "Many Happy Returns: Student Archivists as Curators of Public Memory" with Katherine Bridgman and Stephen McElroy. Pedagogies of Public Memory: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric at Museums, Archives, and Memorials. Eds. Laurie Grobman and Jane Greer. Routledge Press, 2015.
  • "Mentoring, Undergraduate Research and Identity Development: An Integrative Conceptual Review and Research Agenda." With R. Palmer, A. Hunt, and B. Wuetherick. Mentoring and Teaching: Partnership in Learning, 17 (2015).
  • "Meaning Making at the Intersections: Developing a Digital Archive for Multimodal Research" with Katherine T. Bridgman and Stephen McElroy. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 17.3 (Summer 2013) http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/17.3/topoi/neal-et-al/index.html
  • Writing Assessment and the Revolution in Digital Texts and Technologies. NY: Teachers College Press, 2010.


  • Computers and Composition Michelle Kendrick Outstanding Digital Production/Scholarship Award. 2013.
  • The Ralph Stair Prize for Innovative Education, Florida State University Teaching Award. 2013.

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