Jay Johnson

jaypjohnson [at] gmail [dot] com 


University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, August 2018

PhD, English with an emphasis is Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies

Dissertation Title: “Issues with Reality: Defining and Exploring the Logics of

Alternate Reality Games”

Committee: Stuart Moulthrop (chair), Anne Frances Wysocki, Lane Hall, Thomas

Malaby, Anastasia Salter

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, May 2008

MA, English-Creative Writing

Focus on digital, multimodal, and experimental fiction

University of Wisconsin—Madison, December 2004

BS, English


Instructor of Communication Fall 2010 – Present

Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI

  • Designed, wrote Wisconsin Technical College System state curriculum, and taught Games & Culture course, 2013.
  • Taught and designed course sequence for: 
    • first- and second-semester First Year Composition courses (English Composition 1, English Composition 2); 
    • introductory technical communication course (Technical Reporting); 
    • digital rhetoric and communication course (Writing for Digital Media); 
    • developmental writing course (Intro to College Writing).
  • Taught “Digital Life”-themed composition & rhetoric course, 2014 – Present.
  • Designed and taught a special section of English Composition 1 as a sustainability-themed alternate reality game, Fall 2013.
  • Created program expectations for English Composition 1, 2013.
  • Piloted first themed composition section, 2013.
  • Online teaching certification:
    • Creating an Effective Online Learning Environment, Spring 2011;
    • Assessing for Performance Online, Fall 2012.
  • Departmental digital pedagogy and tools presenter, 2011 – Present.
  • Writing Placement Test Departmental Study, Co-Principal, 2011 – 2013.
  • Faculty Advisor. 2018 – Present. 
  • Promise program orientation presenter and writing bootcamp instructor, 2017 – Present. 
  • Participated in college-wide call nights to increase recruitment and retention, 2016 – Present. 

Program Effectiveness Chair/Coordinator Fall 2017 – Present

Communication Department, Gateway Technical College

  • Organized, coordinated, and oversaw the administration of annual assessments for all sections of 6 Communication Department courses on all 3 of the college’s campuses.
  • Managed, analyzed, reported, and presented assessment data for department and College.  
  • Developed and revised assessments for multiple courses. 
  • Conducted full departmental Curriculum Review, 2017 – 2018. 
  • Assisted with the development of ALP English Composition 1 course through assessment and Faculty Inquiry Group, 2018 – Present. 
  • Coordinated faculty voting on textbook adoption, acquisition of review copies from publishers, and ordering/inventory with campus bookstore.
  • Researched Open Educational Resources with campus librarians.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Fall 2009-Spring 2010

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

  • Taught and designed course sequence for first-year composition course English 101.
  • Participated in annual program norming and portfolio assessment for English 101.

Associate Lecturer Fall 2008-Spring 2010

University of Wisconsin—Parkside, Kenosha, WI

  • Taught and designed course sequence for first-year composition courses English 100 and English 101.


Peer Reviewed:

“This Is Not a Game: Alternate Reality Games as a First Year Composition

Course Structure,” GLS 8.0 Proceedings. ETC Press, 2012.


“Anaphylaxis.” GUERNICA/a magazine of art & politics. May 2009.


“What Happens When Collective Bargaining All But Disappears: Trials and Triumphs in Higher Education Organizing in Wisconsin Post-Act 10,” presented at the National Education Association Leadership Summit, February 14 – 16, 2017. 

“Meeting Multimodal Needs and Multimedia Expectations in the Composition Classroom,” presented at the WTCS General Education Conference, April 11, 2014.

“This Is Not a Writing Class!” presentation and workshop facilitated at the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) conference, October 23 – 26, 2013.

“When the Outside Looks In: Accountability, Assessment, and Apprehension in

a Technical College Setting,” panel presented with Kathryn Nordhaus and Katy J.

Vopal at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC),

March 14 – 17, 2013.

“Examining Placement Testing,” presented at the Wisconsin Technical College

System Assessment Conference, February 28-March 1, 2013.

“This Is Not a Game: Alternate Reality Games as a First Year Composition

Course Structure,” poster presentation at Games, Learning, + Society (GLS), June

13-15, 2012.

“Un/Available Designs: Exploring the Multimodal Rhetorics of Lynda Barry’s

‘Common Sense’ in the First Year Composition Classroom” proposed as part of

“Re-Working Visual Literacy through Comics: Production and Analysis in Composition”

panel for the Conference on College Composition and Communication

(CCCC), April 6-9, 2011.

Participant, THATCamp – Chicago unconference, Northwestern University, November 20, 2010.

“Publishing Creative Writing” panel, Parkside Writers Conference, UW—Parkside,

Kenosha, Wisconsin, May 7, 2010.

“This Is Not a Game: Alternate Reality Games as Composition Course Structure,”

presented at Emerging Compositions and Other Digressions: UWM FYC

Professional Development Conference in Composition, UW—Milwaukee, May 1,


“Facilitating Communication and Collaboration Across English 101 Using

Web-based Resources” presented at The Sixteenth Annual First-Year Composition

Graduate Student Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

December 7, 2009.

“Reading Androids: Binaries, Hybrids, and Simulation in the Metageneric novel

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” presented at Liminal Literature: Borders

and Genre, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin—Madison Department of

English and the Anonymous Fund at the University of Wisconsin—Madison,

February 26 – 28, 2009.

“So How Do I Get Published, Anyway?” panel presented at the Fox Cities Book

Festival, Neenah, Wisconsin, April 14 – 19, 2009.


NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education), New York City, May 26 – 30, 2020. 

Educating Anxious Minds, Learning & the Brain, San Francisco, Feb 14-16, 2020.

NEA Higher Education Conference & Leadership Summit, Denver, March 14 – 17, 2019.

Lilly Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning National Conference, Austin, Jan 4 – 6, 2018.

Madison College 5th Annual Flexible Learning Conference, Madison, October 13, 2017.

Lilly Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning National Conference, Bethesda, June 2 – 5, 2016.

NEA Higher Education Conference and Leadership Summit, Dallas, February 25 – 28. 

NEA Higher Education Conference, San Diego, April 1 – 3, 2016.

NEA Leadership Summit, Anaheim, February 27 – March 1, 2015.


Gateway Technical Education Association, 2010 – Present

President, 2014 – 2016; 2018 – Present

President-Elect, 2013 – 2014

Past-President, 2016 – 2018

Campus Representative, 2012 – 2013

  • Represented faculty, counselors, advisors, librarians, and lab technicians in negotiations and meet and confer discussions with administration. 
  • Represented individual employees in personal meetings with the College to facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes for the employee, all staff, students, the College, and community. 
  • Initiated outreach to the community and District Board of Trustees. 
  • Participated in and presented at multiple state and national training seminars through WEAC and the NEA. 
  • Publicly represented College employees’ concerns about workplace and classroom issues. 

Campus Civic Action Plan Committee

Gateway Technical College, 2016 – Present

  • Developed criteria, measurements, and strategies for satisfying the College’s commitment to utilizing its resources to challenge the prevailing social and economic injustices that threaten our democratic future. 
  • Part of Campus Compact organization.

LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainer

Gateway Technical College, 2015 – Present

  • Trained College employees and students on LQBTQ culture and issues and to become Safe Zone certified. 

New Student Orientation

Gateway Technical College, 2014 – Present. 

  • Led panels and workshops for new students. 
  • Created video to help students understand the expectations of college courses. 

Presidential Strategy Committee for Culture of Excellence

Gateway Technical College, 2014 – 2015

  • Helped identify and implement measures and strategies for increasing employee engagement to support the College’s 3.2.1 Strategic Vision development and improvement. 

Digital Advisory Board for English

Pearson Publishing, 2014 – 2016

  • Guide the development of Pearson Digital products, such as interactive texts, tools, and CMSs, for English discipline, from ideation to testing. 


National Association of Media Literacy Educators (NAMLE) 2013 Conference

  • Solely developed and built a custom Drupal website featuring schedules and individual user accounts using for the 2013 NAMLE Conference.

Faculty In-Service Presenter and Trainer—Presentation Strategies and Digital Media

Gateway Technical College, 2011 – Present

  • Led workshops and short classes on Prezi, Google Drive, WordPress, and other digital media tools, with a focus on pedagogical and personal contexts. 

Faculty Advisor, Kenosha

Gateway Gazette (Student Newspaper), 2010 – 2012

cream city review, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 2006 – 2011

Editor-in-Chief, 2007- 2011

Web Editor, 2006 – 2007

  • Oversaw all daily operations of a nationally-distributed biannual literary journal.
  • Grew national distribution and secured funding to found and maintain three literary prizes of $1,000 each. 
  • Launched a new website and electronic submissions database management system, both early adoptions for literary journals. . 

Judge, Short Fiction Contest

Vital Source Magazine, May 2008

Judge, Short Fiction Contest

Shepherd Express, April 2006


“And Nothing But,” CutBank and cream city review AWP reading, Columbia College,

Chicago, February 14, 2009.

“And Nothing But,” UW—Milwaukee Student/Faculty reading, Linneman’s Riverwest

Inn, Milwaukee, January 17, 2008.


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North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) Scholarship, 2013

Star Faculty Award Nominee, Gateway Technical College, 2010-2019

Online Teaching Certification, Gateway Technical College, Fall 2012

THAT Camp Bootcamp Fellowship, November 2010

Wisconsin State Technical College Certificate (3-year), 2010-2013

Faculty Innovation with Technology grant, Gateway Technical College, 2010-2011

James Sappenfield Award for Outstanding Graduate Studies, UW—Milwaukee, 2009

Best New American Voices 2009 Nominee, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 2007

University Writing Award, New School University, 2005

Academic Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin—Madison, 2004

NASA Space Grant, Arizona State University, 1999-2000

President’s Scholarship, Arizona State University, 1999-2000

Sun Devil Award, Arizona State University, 1999

National Merit Finalist, 1999

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