Heather Marcelle Crickenberger

Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies
Senior Lecturer
Cameron 120
Education

Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina. 
M.A., English, University of Charleston & The Citadel
B.A., English, Roanoke College 

Areas of Interest

Emerging Media, Immersive Technologies and Digital Environments
Spatial Rhetorics, Problem-Based Learning, and Teaching Writing as Design
Walter Benjamin, Projection Mapping, and the Flaneur in the Virtual City

Current Project

[in production] Currently Untitled I am currently designing a projected installation of digital artwork for the North Carolina Book Festival to be held in Raleigh, NC from February 21-23 in a variety of venues in the downtown Raleigh area.  The exhibition will take place throughout the day on February 22, 2020 at the Kings venue. This is a single-projector installation to be viewed in five thirty-minute segments over six and a half hours.

Exhibitions, Publications, and Presentations

  • Surfaces: Studies in Dimensional Downsizing. This project is a site-specific installation of digital art designed for the “Visualization Wall” of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, December 13, 2019-present. (site-specific installation of digital art)
  • Illuminated Topographies 2.0. This project is a site-specific installation of digital art designed for the “Art Wall” of North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library at the library’s Main Entrance, May 2019-present. (site-specific installation of digital art)
  • Illuminated Topographies: Using Immersive Media to Locate Hidden Narratives in Analog Underpainting. Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, 2019 North Carolina Book Festival, Raleigh, NC: February 22-24, 2019. (site-specific installation of digital art)

  • Embodiment and Presence of Mind: Teaching Inquiry by Example. UNCC University Writing Programs Course Redesign Award Faculty Development Presentation. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, January 2019. (multimedia presentation)

  • A Double Visitation: Stereoscopy, Synesthesia, & the Sound-Image (Or How I Learned to Hear Color). Course Redesign Award Faculty Development Publication, UNC-Charlotte. Fall, 2018. (website)

  • “Science Fiction as Platform for Problem-Based Learning & Teaching Writing as Design.” Creative Ways of Knowing in Engineering.  Springer Press: 2017. (book chapter)

  • “Revisiting the Ruins: Virtual Reproductions and their Artistic Originals.” This website documents the virtual reconstruction of Containment, an artistic installation of photography, painting and sculpture by Heather Marcelle Crickenberger and Jen Crickenberger which was presented at The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. 2016. (website)

  • Doubletake: Stereoscopic Vision, Combinatory Play, & Project-Based Inquiries Into the Virtual. Course Redesign Award Faculty Development Presentation, UNC-Charlotte. Spring, 2015. (website)

  • Engineering College Writing Initiative. The William States Lee College of Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, February 2015-present. (collaborative effort to improve student writing with University Writing Programs, CxC, and Engineering Faculty)

  • “Digital Remains and the Art of Retrieval: Documenting the Physical in the Digital Realm.”  UNC Charlotte. The 2015 UNC Charlotte University Writing Program’s Charlotte-Area Conference. October 23, 2015. (conference presentation)

  • “Writing Faculty’s Digital Installation Featured in Film at Hunt Library“. UNCC Exchange Online. April 23, 2015. (news article)

  • Unleashing the Power of Visualization and Collaboration: The Hunt Library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab, Creativity Studio, and Game LabEd. NCSU Libraries. Installed in North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library’s “Ipearl Immersion Theater” February, 2015-present. (Documentary Film and Immersive Audiovisual Presentation featuring footage of PROJECTIONS: Exploring Reading and Writing in Emerging Technologies (or How and Apparatus Becomes Self-Aware), presented once per hour for the year of 2015) (immersive film)

  • “Building a Robot to Do Your Homework: ‘Crazy Concepts,’ C-K Theory, and Transferability in Design-Based Approaches to Writing Instruction.” North Carolina State University. 2015 North Carolina Symposium for Teaching Writing. February 28, 2015. (conference presentation)

  • The Critic as Producer: Projection, Reflection, and Remediation in Immersive Technologies(under review) This project explores how scholarly technique is shaped by the technologies used to produce it by documenting the growth and development of a long-term scholarly interest through multiple iterations culminating in a digital artistic installation. Here, I reflect on the role of the scholar as producer, creating and expanding the applications of emerging technologies of writing. (scholarly article 2015)

  • PROJECTIONS: Exploring Reading and Writing in Emerging Technologies or How an Apparatus Becomes Self-Aware, a virtual and augmented reality-based installation of digital art in the North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt, Jr. Library’s  “Creativity Studios” as part of the 2014 NC Literary Festival (hosted by NCSU, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill), April 3-6, 2014. Featured in  Unleashing the Power of Visualization and Collaboration: The Hunt Library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab, Creativity Studio, and Game Laband described in Writing Faculty’s Digital Installation Featured in Film at Hunt Library Photographs of the project are also used on the “Creativity Studio” website. (site-specific artistic installation, intermittently presented 2014-2018)

  • Formal Technical Report Guidelines. (Co-editor) The William States Lee College of Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, February 2014. (writing guide)

  • Using Peer Review in the Computer Engineering Classroom with Jean Coco, CxC, and the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, UNCC. May 2013. (presentation/workshop)

  • Heartsblood selected as quarter-finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest in Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category, March 2013. (novel)

  • “Pop Culture as Social Critique: Zombies, Vampires, and Robots in the Freshman Composition Classroom.” Faculty Development Lecture Series. University of North Carolina at Charlotte. March 2010 November 2010.  (presentation)

  • UNCC English Fair Video. University of North Carolina at Charlotte. October 2009.  (DVD) (designed, filmed, and produced 120 min. of interviews with 15 UNCC English Department faculty members). (film)

  • “The Medium is the Method: Walter Benjamin and Progressive Education.” The Machine in the Garden 2.0. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, January 2009. (conference presentation)

  • “Gertrude Stein Explains Repetition and Proposition 8,” magazine article. The Charlatan, Issue #1, March/April 2009. (magazine article)

  • “Henry Miller’s Tropic Novels: Weather, Sickness and Benjamin’s Flâneur” in Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal, Issue #6, January 2009. (scholarly article)

  • “The Structure of Awakening”: Walter Benjamin and Progressive Scholarship in New Media, University of South Carolina, English Department, John Muckelbauer (advisor), August 2007. (doctoral dissertation)

  • Containment, an artistic installation of photography, sculpture, and found art, presented at The Light Factory with Jen Crickenberger, Charlotte, NC, May 2007. (artistic installation)

  • The Arcades Project Project or The Rhetoric of Hypertext, 2004-2007. (hypermedia experiment)

  • One Heart, One Blow: Studies in Sumi Ink, an exhibition of 12 paintings, sumi ink on paper, presented at The Artist’s Basement, Columbia, SC, March 2006. (series of paintings)

  • The Lemming. Magazine of animated shorts, poetry, essays, and fiction. (Creator, Webmaster, Editor-in-Chief) November 2002-June 2004. Web. (10-issue e-zine).

  • “Wandering Around in Beachy Head.” International Conference on Romanticism.  Florida State University, October 2002 and  at Narrative 2002: An International Conference. Michigan State University, April 11-14, 2002. (presentation)

  • The Flaneur as Self-Referential Narrator: Hidden Texts and Roving Eyes in American Autobiographical Prose and Poetry. University of Charleston and The Citadel, 2000. (master’s thesis)

  • “Goatsong: Bodies and Souls in Transition: Writing Short Fiction.” Publications of the 1995 Summer Scholar Program. Salem, VA:  Roanoke College, 1995. (thesis)

Teaching

UWRT 1103 and 1104 (Writing and Inquiry in Academic Contexts I and II)
American Literature, Advanced Composition, and Freshman English (University of South Carolina)
English as a Second Language (University of Versailles)