Heidi Harris

Dr. Heidi Harris

Contact Information

Email: hharris@eou.edu (preferred)
Phone: 541-962-4152
Office: Ackerman 102

About Dr. Harris

Dr. Harris began her career in English and Writing after missing a ten-pin and losing a bowling scholarship in Harrison, Arkansas. On the way to Eastern Oregon she studied and taught in Springfield, Missouri at Missouri State University and at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In her spare time, she likes to garden and cook.

Professional Credentials

  • Ph.D. in English with an Emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric, Ball State University, 2009
  • M.A. in Creative Writing, Ball State University, 2007
  • M.A. in Writing, Missouri State University, 1999
  • B.A. in English, College of the Ozarks, 1997

As the Coordinator for Innovative Teaching Initiatives, Dr. Harris oversees the Summer Institute for Instructional Technology, the Innovative Instruction Initiative (I 3) committee, and helps to design, implement, and assess innovative professional development opportunities at EOU.  In addition to her teaching and coordinator duties, Dr. Harris’ research interests include best practices in online instruction and student perceptions of online learning.

Her most recent publications are in the collections Disruptive Pedagogies: Teaching the Knowledge Society and Web 2.0 Applications for Composition Classrooms. She is also co-editor of a special edition of Across the Disciplines that centers around issues that writing program administrators face when working with faculty on multimodal and digital writing. She is also a member of the CCCC Committee for Best Practices in Online Writing Instruction Experts/Stakeholder’s Committee.


  • WR 115: Introduction to College Writing
  • WR 121: Expository Writing
  • WR 122: Argumentative Writing
  • WR 222: Introduction to Rhetoric (sample syllabus)
  • WR 320: Professional Writing (sample syllabus)
  • WR 330: Digital Rhetoric

What Digital Rhetoric is to Me

Digital rhetoric is the intersection of argument and technology, the place where, as Clay Shirky writes, audio, video, text, images bump against each other to create new meanings. I try to implement elements of the digital into all of my classes at EOU, from creating course Web pages or utilizing Blackboard all the way up to encouraging students to create their own multimedia and multi-modal projects. Utilizing multimedia allows students to create complicated artifacts reflecting the complex realities of their daily lives. And with more journals like JUMP, students have opportunities to showcase their work in academic arenas outside of the classroom.