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Dr. Carol Johnson-Gerendas

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Carol Johnson-Gerendas

Associate Professor of Mass Communications
Dan Wagoner Annex 202

Courses Taught

  • MCO 2342 – Communication & Rhetoric
  • SPC 1301 – Speech
  • ENG 3306 – History of Rhetoric
  • ENG 3310 – Advanced Writing
  • ENG 2312 – British Literature
  • ENG 2301 – World Literature
  • ENG 1301 & 1302 – Composition and Rhetoric
  • ENG 0300 – Composition & Grammar
  • BUA 3301 – Business Communication
  • ASE 1111 – Academic Success Seminar


  • Ph.D. – Rhetoric, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A. – English, Texas Woman’s University
  • B.A. – English, Texas Woman’s University

Personal Biography 

An avid reader, writer, and traveler, Dr. Carol Johnson-Gerendas is known to many of her students as Dr. CJG. She likes yoga, biking, walking, and gardening. She loves animals, especially dogs, and currently has a 16-year-old Malti-Pom called Caesar.

Dr. CJG is crazy about her students. She loves teaching students about new media, speech, and writing. She has a particular interest in how blogging and tweeting (and other new media) impact student learning and research activities. 

She spent ten years as an IT professional who designed computer system processes and developed computer programs using Command-Level Cobol and PL1. She spent 15 years working with non-profit organizations as both a national program director, a local vice president and consultant. Dr. CJG brings her corporate expertise to her classroom—connecting teaching practice to real-world competencies. 

A special joy for Dr. CJG is working with her colleagues at Texas Wesleyan University, especially Dr. Stacia Dunn Campbell, combining speech/communication with writing/composition. Together they have taught courses in learning communities (connecting speech and composition classes around themes), presented their research nationally and internationally, and are currently working on a text/book combining their expertise in speech and writing

Research Interests

  • Communication & Public Speaking
  • New (Social) Media Writing Theory and Pedagogy
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • Humanities & Liberal Arts Education
  • Adult Education & Workforce Development Programming
  • “Composing, Connecting, and Curating Identities:  Blogs, Microposts, and Social Media Spaces as Sites of Rhetorical Analysis and Self-Representation,” Panel: Students Authoring and Engaging in Interfaces: Blogs, Wikis, and Digital Media as Sites of Negotiated Collaboration in Composition. Co-Presenters: Stacia Dunn Campbell and Gilchrist White & Stacey Burleson, College of the Mainland. Conference of College Teachers of English, TCCCD Northeast, Hurst, TX, March 2-4, 2017.
  •  “Students Framing Themselves as Critics and Creators: Social/New Media as Sites of Multimodal Learning.”  Co-Presenters: Stacia Dunn Campbell and Gilchrist White & Stacey Burleson, College of the Mainland. International Teaching Learning Cooperative, Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Austin, TX, January 5-7, 2017. 
  • “Using Microposts and Blogging to Teach New Media Writing.”  Round Table Presentation. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Austin, TX, January 7-9, 2016. 
  • “Pedagogy and Cyber Classrooms: Beyond Blackboard to Benefit from Twitter, Facebook, and More.” Co-presenters:  Stacia Dunn Campbell and Addy Tolliver. Texas Social Media Research Institute Conference, Tarleton University, Fort Worth, TX, November 2015.
  • ““Tweet-ography!”:  Helping Students Access and Verify Legitimate and Immediate #Information Using Twitter.”    Panel:  “Tweet On, Cloud Up, and Program In!: Righteous Risks In Creating Communities via Online and Hybrid Interfaces at Assignment, Course, and Program Levels.”  Co-presenters: Stacia Dunn Campbell and Cathy Gabor.  Conference on College Composition and Communications, Tampa, FL., March 2015. 
  • “Faces and Places: Connecting the Campus and Social Lives.” Texas Social Media Research Institute's Social Media Conference (2014), Panel co-presenters: Nakia Pope, Eddy Lynton, and Adeline Meira.  Fort Worth, TX., November 7, 2014 
  • “What the Tweet?:  Key Tools and Strategies for Accessing and Verifying Legitimate and Immediate #Information Using the Twittersphere.”  Panel:  Innovating with Online Experiences:  Designing Learning Experiences that Help Students “Cloud” Up and “Tweet” On.  Co-presenter:  Stacia Dunn Campbell.  Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA., October 9-11, 2014.
  • “Search @Ask & Join:  Examining Learning Outcomes for Research/Back-Channel Response/Critical Thinking Using Twitter.”  Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, May 29-June 1, 2014.
  • “Examining Learning Outcomes for Research, Ethics and Critical Thinking using Flickr, Twitter, and LinkedIn.”  [Co-presenters:  Kay Colley and Terri Cummings.]  The Texas Social Media Research Institute's Social Media Conference, Tarleton State University, Southwest Metroplex Center, (November 8, 2013).
  • “Public Writing, Performance, and Praxis:  Digital Narrative as Scene of Experience, Empathy, and Engagement, “ Panel: The Praxis Payoff: Student Engagement in First-Year Composition and Speech through Socially Mediated Performance and Publication Opportunities within Project Assignments (Panel Co-Presenter: Stacia Neeley).  CCTE, March 2013. Abilene, Texas
  • “What’s TEXT Got to Do with It?:  Assessing Visual and Textual Elements in First-Year Writing Projects.”  CCTE Studies, 76: (2012).  [Won CCTE Pedagogy in Rhetoric Award as part of a three-paper panel.]
  • “From Yawns to Yoda: Using the Force of Success Teams to Promote Student Community, Responsibility, and Success,”  (Co-authored with Gladys Childs).  Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Conference Proceedings.  June 2-5, 2011, Bethesda, Maryland. 
  • “The Rhetoric of Devolution, Crime, and Punishment.”  University Scholars: Proceedings of University College Day. Texas Wesleyan University,December 2009.
  • “The Rhetoric of Dependency, Sex, and Work:  Framing Women in News Print Headlines during the 1990’s Welfare Debate.”  CCTE Studies, 74: (2009), 34-43.  Randall Popkin Prize, Best Paper Delivered in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Writing. Conference of College Teachers of English, Annual Conference, Austin, TX, March 7, 2009.