Wm. Ruffin Bailey
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Wm. Ruffin Bailey
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Ph.D. in the Communication and Rhetoric of Digital Media (coursework only)
    North Carolina State University
    Areas of Concentration: Rhetoric of New/Binary Media, Games Studies, Continental Philosophy
    Dissertation title (tentative): Protocol of Control & Collective Contestation: The Rhetoric of Binary Media
Graduate studies in American Literature
    University of South Carolina
    Areas of Concentration: Rhetoric of Early Science; American Transcendentalists; New Media and Digital Rhetoric
    Research Project: "Cotton Mather's Curiosa Americana: The Influence of the Americas on the Rhetoric of Natural
B.A. English Literature
    North Carolina State University, awarded December 1999
    Coursework emphasized periods of American Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism.
    John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholar, Pulp and Paper Science and Technology Merit Scholar,
    NCSU Fellows Program Member, NCSU Scholars Program Member
"Restarting Static: Television’s Digital Reboot"
     Telvision and New Media, vol. 17 no. 1 (15 Apr 2015, print January 2016).
"Hacks, Mods, Easter Eggs, and Fossils: Intentionality and Digitalism in the Video Game"
     Playing the Past: History and Nostalgia in Video Games
"Inviting Subversion: Tmesis in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto"
    Meaning And Culture of Grand Theft Auto: Critical Essays
Contributor to The Macintosh Users' Bible (8th edition)
"Alternative Fruits, Tints of a Postgendered Thoreau"
Thoreau Society MLA '05 Panel, "Writing Thoreau's Life"; December 27-30, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/tintsAbstract.txt
"Seventeenth Century Science Bleeding into Literature Through the Body of the Chimpanzee"
47th Annual M/MLA Convention; November 10-13, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/tysonProposal.txt
"The Training of Virtual Tattoos: Hosts Inscribed by Exteriorized Minds"
The 2005 Conference of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in the South; October 6-8, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/pcas_acas.html
"Virtuality Under Erasure; The Complexities of Virtual Worlds"
(dis)junctions 2005, UC Riverside; April 8-9, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/virtualityUnderErasure.txt
"Referent Under Copyright: 'All your nostalgia are belong to us'"
Playing the Past: Nostalgia in Video Games and Electronic Literature, UF; March 18-19, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/referentUnderCopyright.txt
"Gendering Thoreau: Contextualizing the Two Hardings"
Negotiating 19th-Century Spaces, USC; March 11-12, 2005
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/genderingThoreau.txt
"The Politics of Protocol: Understanding the Zeroes and Ones of Digital Television"
Perspective Remix: Contemporary Visions through a Rhetorical Lens, Clemson University, February 20-21, 2009.
Abstract URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/politicsOfProtocol.txt
Re-Starting Static: Television’s Digital Reboot (co-authored and presented with Kathleen F. Oswald)
Eastern Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention: Communication and Power: From Classrooms to Politics, Washington, DC.
Presentation URL: http://www.rufwork.com/abstracts/ecaO2011.pdf
Co-chair, Carolina Rhetoric Conference, "Unpacking rhetoric through an exploration of the digital", February 19-20th, 2010, Raleigh, NC (Conference Website)
    Co-created CFP, reviewed submissions, organized panels, arranged conference space, and refreshments.
    Introduced keynote speaker.

    Keynote Presentation: Prof. Carolyn Miller,
    "Should We Name the Tools? Concealing and Revealing the Art of Rhetoric"
        (presentation video)
Instructor: COM 427 -- Game Studies (Course Website)
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to cultural theory and methods for approaching digital games in a scholarly fashion. To do so involves reading works by scholars who propose systems for approach games in general, others who are performing analysis of specific games, game systems, or periods in the development of digital games, and still others who apply the filters of specific cultural lenses to understand characteristics of games. After the completion of the course, each student should have the background -- theoretical, historical, and cultural -- to produce original research and contribute to the field of game studies directly.
Instructor: COM 267 -- Electronic Media Writing: Theory and Practice (Course Website)
Course Description: Media writing as a social practice. Roles of writing and writers in media production processes. Social, political, economic, and professional conditions that enable or constrain writing and the writer. Specific media writing genres and formats. Research and preparation for media writing. Students write research-based scripts for news, commentary, and fictional genres in radio, television, film, and emerging media.
Instructor: ENG 101 -- Academic Writing and Research, 9/2009-5/2010, NCSU (Course Website)
Course Description: Intensive instruction in academic writing and research. Basic principles of rhetoric and strategies for academic inquiry and argument. Instruction and practice in critical reading, including the generative and responsible use of print and electronic sources for academic research. Exploration of literate practices across a range of academic domains, laying the foundation for further writing development in college. Continued attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English.
Instructor: COM 110 -- Public Speaking, 9/2008-2/2009, 1/2010-5/2010, NCSU (Course Website)
Course Description: Research skills, topic selection, speech organization, skills in speech delivery. Listening for analysis and evaluation of in-class speech presentation.
Instructor: ENGL 463 -- Business Writing, 1/2006-5/2006, USC
ENG 332 -- Communication for Business and Management, 9/2006-5/2007, NCSU
Mr. Bailey is the instructor of record for ENGL 463, Business Writing at USC and ENG 332, Communication for Business and Management at NCSU. Emphasis in this class is placed on familiarizing junior and senior-level students in the principles of business and technical writing, including research skills, ethical considerations, integration of market and management pressures, visual rhetoric, and the importance of revision. The course places a considerable emphasis on preparing students to both write and analyze resumes, cover letters, and portfolios when applying for a job or helping their company assess a new candidate.

Particular attention is given to digitalism's influences on business composition, whether the product is delivered to the web, via email, Powerpoint, or print. Students are required to both create digital documents and publish them online, including their finished, polished resumes.
Research Assistant: Spenser Digitization and Collation Database Project, 1/2006-5/2006, USC
Dr. David Miller is coordinating a program with the goal of locating and identifying every extant printed version of Spenser's works before bringing scans of as many of those copies as possible online. The project will utilize a web-enabled, relational database system that would allow worldwide access to critically edited texts based on this collection of scans. Scholars could search for textual variants online, for example, without having to travel to the libraries where the originals are located, and qualified editors could log into the system to add marginalia and new edits.

Mr. Bailey is perhaps best described as the technical lead on the project, responsible for testing and recommending digital content management, database and plugin development, and server administration. Current tasks involve moving the project's finding list from a legacy Access file to MySQL, installing and configuring Fedora (http://www.fedora.info), a digital content management system, and researching possible improvements to existing digital collation software.
Instructor: ENGL 101 -- Composition, 9/2005-12/2005, USC
ENGL 101, "Composition" is a required freshman course whose goal is to improve students' abilities to read with a critical eye and draft, revise, and deliver quality written papers. Students are also taught introductory composition theory, and their major assignments -- definitional, evaluative, causal, and policy/proposal papers -- correspond to the four levels of classic stasis argument theory. Mr. Bailey's section met three times per week, and he served as the instructor of record for the course.

Instruction is standardized to some degree by the instruction and guidance received from ENGL 701A, "Teaching College Composition", which is taken concurrent with the instructor's first semester leading a section of 101. Pedagogical decisions are informed by readings in Elbow, Bruffee, Harris, Fulkerson, even Aristotle, and teaching approaches vary accordingly.
Teaching Assistant: ENGL 285 -- Themes in American Writing, 9/2004-5/2005, USC
ENGL 285 is a sophomore level course in American literature for non-majors. Mr. Bailey led two sections of discussion classes each semester. These sections met twice per week for lectures given by regular faculty and once per week with Mr. Bailey. Responsibilities included all student grading as well as serving as the first line of contact for students' questions and concerns. Weekly lessons were designed to support specific class strengths and weaknesses with respect to writing ability and issues understanding class texts.

Both semesters fell under the general title of "Themes in American Writing", which gave the professors of record great leeway in selecting texts for the course. Fall 2004, taught by Dr. Kwame Dawes, concentrated on 20th century American drama, including works by Amiri Baraka and August Wilson. Spring 2005, taught by Dr. David Cowart, centered on the theme of "American Sanity, American Neurosis", spanning authors from Irving to Thomas Pynchon, with an emphasis on 20th century works.
Teachers' Aide in Vocational Special Education, 1/1998-6/1998, York Comprehensive High School
Assisted in the training of Emotionally and Mentally Disturbed (EMD) and Learning Disabled (LD) students, ages 15-21.
Created biweekly lessons for combined Middle School and High School LD classes.
Continued the department's recycling project through supervision and direction of selected students.
Chaperoned the YCHS's York County Special Olympics team.
Field Researcher, Projet pour les chimpanzees naines, 6/1996 - 8/1996, Duke University
Assisted in establishing a two-person research project in the Lomako Forest of the former Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to study the bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus). This involved walking several miles of transects daily in an attempt to "tree" the chimpanzees each night as well as taking notes on their actions when spotted in an observable state.
Teaching Related Experience
Junior Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach, YCHS, November 1997-February 1998
Substitute Teacher, Rock Hill School District 3 and York School District 1
    August 1996-December 1996, August 1997-December 1997
Teacher's Aid, Broughton High School, Raleigh, NC, 1994
Camp Counselor, Camp Bob Hardin, Boy Scouts of America, 1991, 1992, 1994

Class Number
Class Name
CRD 701
History and Theory of Communication Technology
Steve Wiley
CRD 702
Rhetoric and Digital Media
Carolyn R. Miller
CRD 703
Communication in Networked Society
Jeremey Packer
CRD 704
Technologies and Pedagogies in the Communication Arts
Susan Miller-Cochran
CRD 790
Issues in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
Michael Carter
COMM 700
Introduction to Communications Theory (at U. of Chapel Hill)
Lawrence Grossberg
Critical Studies of Digital Media (Duke University)
Timothy Lenoir and
Patrick Herron
CRD 893
Reading on New Media Theory
David Rieder
ENG  586A
Special Topics: Feminist Theory
Deborah Hooker
COM  598M
Special Topics: Mobile Technologies and Cultural Space
Adriana de Souza e Silva
ENG 532 Narrative Analysis Brenton Faber


Class number
Class Name
ENGL 522
Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
(taken at The Citadel)
David S. Shields
ENGL 700
Introduction to Graduate Study in English
David S. Shields
ENGL 701A Teaching College Composition Christy Friend
ENGL 712
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
Lawrence Rhu
ENGL 732
Principles of Literary Criticism
John Muckelbauer
ENGL 742
Early American Literature
David S. Shields
ENGL 744
American Romanticism
Laura Dassow Walls
ENGL 753
American Novel Since World War II
David Cowart
ENGL 795
Teaching Technical and Business Writing
William Rivers
ENGL 797
Current Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (audit)
John Muckelbauer
Eighteenth Century British Periodical
William Rivers
The Transcendentalists (audit) Laura Dassow Walls

(Detailed technical resume with in-depth examples of past work: http://www.rufwork.com/resume/ )
President, 10/2002-present, Rufwork Programming
Started software development and consulting company in October, 2002. Responsible for the creation of The Digest Handler, a stand-alone application created in Java that pulls list-server digests off of a user's mail server and parses them into easy to read threads.
Lead Programmer, 9/2003-7/2004, Rok Technologies, Inc.
Created a prototype for a replacement for a land records/tax parcel system for a county in North Carolina, previously written using UNISYS EAE. Lead programmer responsible for new database schema design through to GUI design and integration with the county's GIS information. Development work done in VB.NET, using Windows.Forms for GUIs with some test work with Crystal Reports and html for reporting. Oracle 9i via ODP.NET was utilized for the creation of the data tier.

Was also responsible for ArcGIS customizations written in ArcObjects and web-enabling RDBMS systems that communicate with ArcIMS using JSP.
Custom Solutions Developer, 2/2003-8/2003, Blackbaud, Inc.
Customization responsibilities include extending Blackbaud's suite of products through VBA, creating customized Visual Basic 6 stand alone applications that interface with Blackbaud product's through COM or directly with the Blackbaud database in Sybase or Microsoft SQL Server, and creation of customized reports for Blackbaud products.

Also responsible for the creation of a web-based online student application system, which interfaces with Blackbaud's Admissions Management application.

For a more in-depth review of responsibilities at Blackbaud, please see http://www.rufwork.com/resume/
Database Administrator/Internet Mapping Specialist, 10/1998-10/2002,
Technology Planning & Management Corporation
Served as the NOAA Coastal Services Center's (CSC) lead Internet mapping server programmer using ESRI ArcIMS. Was also one of two database administrators at CSC. Received three TPMC President's Awards for project contributions, and had one site featured on USAToday.com. Projects typically used ASP, dhtml, and Microsoft SQL Server.

For a more in-depth review of responsibilities at CSC, please see http://www.rufwork.com/resume/
Advanced ArcObjects Component Development, 1/2002 ESRI - Charleston, SC
Introduction to ArcView & Intermediate Arcview GIS 3.2, 10/2000 NOAA/CSC - Charleston, SC
Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Fundamental - Advanced Seminars, 6/2000 AppDev - Charleston, SC
Microsoft SQL Server 7 Database Administration: Hands-On, 6/1999 Learning Tree - Boston, MA