Dr. Mary Hocks is an Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. Dr. Hocks teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Rhetoric and Composition program, and she specializes specifically in digital rhetoric, visual rhetorics, and computers and composition studies. She is also a faculty affiliate with the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Hocks received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the first graduate of its new Center for Writing Studies. She worked at Spelman College as Director of the Comprehensive Writing Program and as Principle Investigator of a $400,000 Mellon Foundation grant to integrate multimedia into Writing Intensive classrooms. At Georgia State University, she was the founding Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program from 1998 – 2005.
Dr. Hocks has published articles in the journals College Composition and Communication, Pre/Text, Computers and Composition, Works and Days, Computers and Composition Online, and Writing Program Administration, the last of which won the WPA journal’s outstanding article biennial award. She has published books chapters in Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice, Virtual Publics: Policy and Community in an Electronic Age, Electronic Communication Across the Curriculum, Teaching Writing With Computers, and Feminist Cyberscapes.
Her book collection, Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media, appeared from MIT University Press in 2003 and was co-edited with the late Dr. Michelle Kendrick. Her co-authored Handbook of Technical Communication (with Dr. Laura Gurak) was published by Pearson Higher Education in 2009. Dr. Hocks also served as co-producer and is credited co-author (with Dr. Anne Balsamo) of Women of the World Talk Back, an interactive multimedia documentary based on original scholarly research and digital media design. This book-weight DVD was published and packaged with the print book Designing Culture from Duke University Press in 2011.
Dr. Mary Hocks also released her first album Spinning the Sky in July 2008, working as Executive Producer, Composer, and Performer. This independent full-length album of original music (lyrics and music) was recorded and engineered at Hollow Reed Arts Studio in Asheville, NC. Dr. Hocks is currently completing a book with Dr. Michelle Comstock about sonic literacy and completing songs for her second album.