Curriculum Vitae

Jeff Holmes is a Founding Graduate Fellow at the Center for Games and Impact at Arizona State University, a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English, and a life-long gamer. His research focuses on how communities collectively construct identities, how users conceptualize their actions in both virtual and non-virtual space, and how gaming and play extend to multiple sites beyond the traditional boundaries of “gamespace.”   In particular, he is interested in persistent virtual worlds such as Word of Warcraft, and the people dedicated to creating, maintaining, and changing these spaces.  He has a level-capped Hunter as well as a stable of way too many alts.

All activities at Arizona State University unless noted

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, English (Rhetoric and Composition)
In progress

Master of Arts, English (Rhetoric and Composition)
2010

Bachelor of Arts, English (Literature)
2004

Fellowships

Graduate Fellow, Center for Games and Impact
Spring 2012 – Present

Awards

Judges Choice Award – Poster Presentation
Games+Learning+Society 9.0 Conference (June 2013)

Research

Research Assistant – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies
Spring 2012-Current

Research Assistant – Neal A. Lester, Dean of Humanities & English Department Chair
Fall 2008 – Spring 2012

Publishing

Book Chapters

“Hunting for Identity: Community, performance, and the Curious Case of the ‘Huntard’ in World of Warcraft.” in Terms of Play: Terms of Play: Essays on words that matter in videogame theory. Waggoner, Z., ed. New York: Macfarland.  (2013)

Conference Proceedings

“How to Look at Videogames: A Visual Analysis Toolkit” in Proceedings from GLS 9.0 – Games+Learning+Society Conference. ETC Press (2013)

“Visual Analysis Toolkit: Four Use Cases.”  With Cope, A., Hoffman, R., Pincus, B., and Shedd, J.   in Proceedings from GLS 9.0 – Games+Learning+Society Conference. ETC Press (2013)

“Hunting for Identity: Community, performance, and the Curious Case  in Proceedings from GLS 8.0 – Games+Learning+Society Conference. ETC Press (2012)

“Seeing Action: A Visual Analysis of World of Warcraft” in Proceedings from GLS 8.0 – Games+Learning+Society Conference. ETC Press (2012)

Fiction and poetry

“Simmed City,” (fiction), hoozdoo 2  (2007)

“Thoughts from a Random Tuesday Night” (fiction),  hoozdoo 3 (2007)

“From the Jounral of John Appelbaum,” (fiction), hoozdoo 4  (2007)

“Lfe Wtht Vwls” and “In the Shower,” (poems), Marooned 1   (2004)

Teaching

ENG 394 – Videogames and Digital Rhetorics
Fall 2013

RDG 440 – Understanding Games and Impact (co-taught with Elisabeth Hayes)
Spring 2013

RDG 590 – Videogames and Online Education (independent study co-taught with James Paul Gee)
Summer 2012

UNI 194 – Academic Success Strategies (4 sections)
Fall 2011

UNI 110 – Critical Reading and Thinking
Fall 2009

South Mountain Community College

ENG 091 – Developmental Writing
Fall 2011

Guest Lectures

SOS 294 – Introduction to ASU and Sustainability (with Jaleila Brumand)
“Cooperation and Teamwork in Artemis
Spring 2013

ENG 553 – Videogames and Literacy (with Alice Daer)
“Ludology and the Casual Player”
Fall 2012

ENG 394 – Rhetorics of Videogames (with Zach Waggoner)
“MMOs and Virtual Worlds” (2 sessions)
Fall 2012

ENG 494 – Writing in Digital Communities (with Alice Daer)
“Copyright in the New Millennium”
Fall 2011

ENG 394 – Rhetorics of Videogames (with Zach Waggoner)
“Virtual Worlds: An Introduction”
Fall 2010

ENG 500 – Research Methods (with Maureen Goggin)
“Writing the Literature Review”
Fall 2008, Fall 2009

Special Presentations

Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy Guest Scholars Program
“Videogames, Learning, and Why Play Matters,” Moderator and Panelist
October 2012

Project Humanities Fall 2012 Kickoff: Are We Losing Our Humanity?
“Gaming Solutions to Societies’ Biggest Challenges,” Moderator and Panelist (Video)
September 2012

Conferences

Games+Learning+Society 10.0 (2014)
“From Gamified to Game-Inspired: Using games in higher ed settings” (Workshop with Elizabeth Gee, Sasha Barab, Elizabeth Lawley, Anna Arici, and Adam Ingram-Goble)
“Designing a Game-Inspired Classroom: Videogames as Models of Good Teaching” (Poster)
June 2014

Rhetoric Society of America (2014)
“Blurring the Boundaries: Compound Embodiment in Videogames and Digital Spaces”
May 2014

Southwest English Graduate Symposium (2009)
“From Gamified to Game-Inspired: Collaborative, Social, and Game-based Learning”
February 2014

IR14 – Association of Internet Researchers (2013)
“Twitter Storytelling as a New Literacy Practice”
 October 2013

Games+Learning+Society 9.0 (2013)
“How to Look at Videogames: A Visual Analysis Toolkit” (Poster)
“Visual Analysis Toolkit: Four Use Cases” (Poster)
June 2013

Games+Learning+Society 8.0 (2012)
“Hunting for Identity: Community, Performance, and the Curious Case of the ‘Huntard’ in World of Warcraft” (Video)
“Seeing Action: A Visual Analysis of World of Warcraft” (Video)
June 2012

Rhetoric Society of America (2012)
“Hunting for Identity: Community, Performance, and the Curious Case of the ‘Huntard’ in World of Warcraft
May 2012

Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference (2011)
“Blurring the Boundaries: Embodiment as a Compound Phenomenon in World of Warcraft
October 2011

Southwest English Graduate Symposium (2009)
“Inhabiting Gamespace(s): Practically Situated Presence in World of Warcraft
March 2009

Media

Redefining English at ASU for 21st century thinking (ASU News)
Interviewee (Article)
February 14, 2013

Center for games examines future of video games (State Press Magazine)
by Spencer Fawcett (Article)
February 6, 2013

How does technology affect what it means to be human? (ASU News)
Interviewee (Video)
November 5, 2012

Argh! There be pirates on the Internet! (State Press Magazine)
Maroon and Gamer, by Spencer Fawcett (Article)
September 3, 2012

EdGamer Podcast (EdReach.us)
“Ep. 57 – Jeff Holmes of ASU,” Hosts Zack Gilbert and Gerry James (Audio)
June 23, 2012

Building a Games Studies Community (interview for student project at ASU)
Interviewed by Ian Smith for undergraduate student project (Video)
May 2012

Professional Experience

ARCADIS U.S., Inc.
Marketing Specialist; Proposal Writer
2007-2011

US Airways
Senior Copywriter; Online Copywriter; Recruitment Coordinator
2005-2007

Freelance Writer/Editor
2003-Present

Consulting

Sunnyside Unified School District

Pearson LLC

Toronto Public Libraries

State Libraries of New South Wales

Slightly Broken Games

Play2Connect

 

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