Pamela Chisum

Visiting Assistant Professor

First-Year Integrated Core & BUS


Academic Background

  • Ph.D., English, Rhetoric and Composition, Washington State University, 2013 (Summa Cum Laude).
  • Title: Becoming Visible in Invisible Space: How the Cyborg Trickster is (Re)inventing American Indian (NDN) Identity M.A., English, Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing, 2007 (Summa Cum Laude). California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA.
  • B.A., English, Creative Writing, 1992 (Summa Cum Laude). San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA.

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Conference Presentations
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies for the Business Communication Classroom: Tactics from First Year Integrated Core Faculty. 2019 ABC Annual International Conference, Detroit, MI. (October 2019)
  • Modes for Mainstreaming Students with Disabilities: Addressing the Complexities of Access Through Assistive Technologies and Tactics of Inclusion. Conference on Col- lege Composition and Communication, Portland, OR. (March 2017)
  • The Computer IS My Voice: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices in the College Composition Classroom. Computers and Writing, Rochester, NY. (May 2016)
  • Fostering Digial Agency in First-Year Writing Students. University of Connecticut Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Storrs, CT. (March 2016)
  • (Un)documented: The Hegemonic Power of Paper in Transnational Identity. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL. (March 2015)
  • Faceless, Placeless, and Still Authentic? Cultural Representation in Online Courses. Computeres and Writing, Pullman, WA. (June 2014)
  • Claiming an Education:Aiming for Eloquentia Perfecta at a Jesuit University. Co- presenter with Cinthia Gannett. University of Connecticut Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing, Storrs, CT. (April 2014)
  • Online NDNs: Using Technology to Reclaim Agency. Agency in the Machine. Computers and Writing, Frostburg, MD. (June 2013) Social Media Does Not Belong in the Classroom! (Or Does It?) Anti-Social Networking: Complicating Public, Digital Composing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV. (March 2013)
  • The Necessity of Reflection to Students Learning and Transformation. Co-presenter with Tomie Gowdy-Burke. Spokane Regional ESL Conference, Spokane, WA. (February 2013)
  • Using Slidecasts in ELL Technical and Professional Writing. Inland Infolit, Spokane, WA. (October 2012)
  • The Cyborg Trickster. Creation, (re)Creation and Participation: The Indigenous Interface. Computers and Writing, Raleigh, NC. (May 2012)
  • Becoming Visible in Invisible Space: How the Cyborg Trickster is (Re)inventing NDN Identity. Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO. (March 2012)
  • There™s a Trickster in Your Classroom: Understanding NDN Identity. High Mountain Affiliate Council of Writing Program Instructors, Spokane, WA. (September 2011)
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: Embodied Identity in the Twitterverse. Writing Democracy, Commerce, TX. (March 2011)
  • œHow Inter-textual Becomes Intra-textual: A Postmodern Analysis of Identity Texts in the Twitterverse. University of Idaho Graduate Literature Conference, Moscow, ID. (March 2011)
  • œCyborg Identity: The Role of the Trickster in a Postmodern World. Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric, Anchorage, AK. (February 2011)
  • Purebreds and Purebloods: Blood Hegemony in Breed/Race Identity. Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, Spokane, WA. (April 2010)
  • Cyborgs in Our Midst: Space/Place/Identity in Ethereal Worlds. Conference on Col- lege Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY. (March 2010)
  • Identity Crisis in the Digital Age. Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, CA. (March 2009)
  • Teaching Experience
  • Farmer School of Business, Miami University (2016 - Present)
  • BUS 102 Foundations of Business Communication BUS 284 Advanced Business Communication BUS 308 Advanced Business Communication (online)
  • Fairfield University, (2013-2016)
  • EN/W 337 Multimedia Writing EN/W 336 Issues in Professional Writing: Indigenous Rhetoric (100% online) EN/W 332 Business Writing EN 12 Texts & Contexts II: Writing about Literature EN 11 Texts & Contexts I: Writing as Craft and Inquiry
  • Washington State University (2008-2013)
  • DTC 475 Digital Diversity: Issues of Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality Online (cross- listed with English and American Studies)(100% online) DTC 355 Multimedia Authoring: Exploring the New Rhetorics English 403 Technical and Professional Writing for ESL English 402 Technical and Professional Writing English 300 Computers and Writing ¢ Desktop Publishing (Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) ¢ Web Design (Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, HTML5) English 150 Introduction to Film as Narrative English 101 Freshman Composition
  • Columbia College, Yosemite Community College District, (2007-2008)
  • English 249 Writing Skills Workshop English 1B Reading and Composition: Advanced English 1A Reading and Composition: Beginning
  • California State University, Stanislaus (2005-2007)
  • English 1002 First Year Composition (Computer Assisted Instruction), 4 units Course theme: Writing for the Web English 1002 First Year Composition (Computer Assisted Instruction), 4 units Course theme: The Art of the Argument English 0111 Writer™s Workshop Tutor Writing Center
  • Administrative Experience
  • Professional Writing Program Director (09/13-05/2016). Department of English, Fairfield University. Oversaw all aspects of the professional writing program. Supervised 4 adjuncts, as- sess program effectiveness, determine course offerings, advise students, work with local/regional/national businesses to secure student internships, and market the program to the University and surrounding communities.
  • Assistant Director, Avery Microcomputer Lab (08/10-08/12). Department of English, Washington State University. Oversaw all lab activities, including supervising 16 employees, maintenance of 74 MacIntosh computers, uploading of new student accounts, and scheduling training on software programs for students and instructors.
  • Workplace Experience Workforce Education and Training Coordinator (10/07-7/08). Tuolumne County De- partment of Behavioral Health, Sonora, CA. Developed 5 new psychology courses for Columbia College and specialized certifi- cate programs for Peer Support and Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation. All work in compliance with the Mental Health Services Act. Manager of Client Services (10/02-06/03). Veramark Technologies (formerly The An- geles Group), Westlake Village, CA. Supervised 14 employees in customer service department providing 24 x 7 proj- ect management, training and technical support. Accounting and revenue rec- ognition for all departments. Project management for new/difficult clients with complex communications billing requirements. Assisted sales and marketing departments with sales demos and product literature.
  • Manager of Training Services (03/00-10/02). Veramark Technologies (formerly The Angeles Group), Westlake Village, CA. Responsible for all client and internal training on MS SQL, Oracle, and Sybase software. Strategized appropriate learning approaches/intervention to address individual needs. Developed and maintained training manuals for each appli- cation. Implemented a new employee training program. Member of executive product management team for development of all new applications and enhance- ments. Responsible for technical specifications of product features and prioritiz- ing enhancements based upon client need and marketability.
  • Training and Support Specialist (11/95-03/00). Veramark Technologies (formerly The Angeles Group), Westlake Village, CA. Project management from sales cycle through system acceptance. Managed 10- 20 concurrent projects; responsible for project plans, software installation, data conversion, client training, and trouble-shooting of all applications. Participated in the QA process for new releases and software updates; created Crystal reports; extensive use of ISQL. Trained new trainers, sales staff and support personnel. Employee of the Year, 1997.
  • Operations Manager (01/94-11/95). Interior Office Systems, Inc., Westlake Village, CA. Co-wrote contracts, proposals and policy manual; updated forms for legal com- pliance. Novell Network Administrator. Successfully converted manual ac- counting and project management systems into an integrated software program. Designed interface between integrated software system and Bar|Scan Asset Management System.

Recent Publications

  • "The Computer IS My Voice: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices in the College Composition Classroom." Computers and Writing 2016 Proceedings. 2016.
  • Rev. of Technonatures: Environments, Spaces, and Places in the Twenty-first Century. Eds. Damian F. White and Chris Wilbert. Journal of Ecocriticism, 4 (2). 2012.
  • "The Rhetoric of the I Ching in Chinese Politics." Rhetorix. May 2006.

Honors & Awards

  • FYIC Client Challenge Top Teams, 5 sequential semesters (2018-2020). Farmer School of Business, Miami University of Ohio.
  • Grant (Fall 2013-Spring 2016). $4,800/semester co-authored grant for the Digital Humanities Working Group. Humanities Institute, Fairfield University.
  • Fellow. Digital Humanities Fellowship (2013), Cultural Studies Association.
  • Fellow. Eva Feryl Petersen Fellowship (for Native American women pursuing graduate degrees) (2010-2011), Washington State University.
  • Grant (Spring 2011). $1,000 grant to advance the Visiting Speaker Series of the RSA at WSU Student Chapter. Graduate and Professional Student Association, Washington State University.
  • Fellow. Graduate Minority Fellowship in English (2008), Washington State University. Fellow. Academic Fellowship Grant (2007), California State University, Stanislaus.
  • Fellow. Academic Fellowship Grant (2006), California State University, Stanislaus. Graduate Grant (Fall 2004 - Fall 2006), California State University Stanislaus.


Pamela Chisum joined Miami in 2016, as a professor of BUS 102: Foundations of Business Communication, after 3 years as the Professional Writing Program Director at Fairfield University in CT. She has also taught BUS 284: Advanced Business Communication, both in the classroom and online. Pam has over 20 years of business experience in a wide variety of fields, including office furniture, technical writing, managing the customer service and training departments for a telecommunications software company (where she learned SQL), and curriculum development for the Behavioral Health Department of the U.S. Government. She received her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Washington State University in 2013. Her research interests include how American Indians (NDNs) are using social media to reclaim agency, and disability studies. Pam has taken 2 undergraduate students as panel participants to national and international conferences, and enjoys encouraging students to share their experiences and engage in scholarly work. She is accompanied by her medical alert service dog, Maya.


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Pamela Chisum

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Office Hours

  • All Office Hours Conducted Virtually
  • M/W 2:30PM-4:00PM
  • T 11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Also By Appointment


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