Joanna Schmidt

Joanna Schmidt Ph.D.

Interim Director

Office Phone: 817-257-5294


Joanna Schmidt is the Interim Director in the Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation, and Engagement. She provides pedagogical development opportunities and instructional design for faculty, teaching staff, GA/TAs, and departments. She offers individual consultations, conducts Mid-semester Analysis Polls (MAPs) and classroom observations, and leads workshops covering a range of interests in order to promote student engagement and assessment. She advises and supports instructors in the use of educational technology in and out of the classroom in addition to LMS design and use.

Joanna was previously the Assistant Director of TCU’s Center for Digital Expression where she supported teachers in developing multimodal and non-traditional assignments, as well as teaching students to use alternate composing tools. She earned her M.S. in Writing and Book Publishing from Portland State University. Joanna teaches courses in writing, new media, composition, and graphic novels. She has her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition in English studying self-sponsored student writing practices through an intersection of spatial rhetoric and graffiti.


Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Christian University
M.S., Writing with an Emphasis in Book Publishing, Portland State University
B.A., Writing & Literature, George Fox University


2021 Academic Affairs Division Winner and Finalist for TCU’s Chancellor’s Staff Award for Outstanding Service
Global Outlooks on Education Institute Fellow
Outstanding Graduate Student Award 1st & 2nd Year in Rhetoric and Composition

Selection of Courses Taught

Writing as Inquiry
Writing as Argument
Arguments in Virtual & Physical Spaces
Engaged Global Citizenship
English Skills
College Writing
Practical Grammar & Editing

Selected Publications

Schmidt, Joanna & Kate Marshall. Create Intentional Communities through Meaningful Student Introductions. Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository, 30 July 2020.

Schmidt, Joanna. “Graphic Novels in the Classroom: Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Reflection.” English Journal. 100.5 (2011): 104–109. Print.

Graphic Novel Reviewer for the Library Journal

Selected Presentations

“Classroom Observation as a Reflective Process to Enhance Student Learning.” Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference. June 2020 (Covid Cancelled)

“Creating Rubrics for Participation and Preparedness.” Invited workshop presenter, Chatham University. May 2018.

“Interdisciplinary Smart Classrooms: Develop, Manage, Promote, Teach.” Consortium of College and University Media Centers Conference. October 2017.

“Working Definitions: Alt-Ac, Identities, and Opportunities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. April 2016.

“You Have Built It, but Will They Use It? Faculty Training Strategies for Technology and Active Learning Classrooms.” Consortium of College and University Media Centers Conference. October 2015.

“Creating an Active Learning, Interdisciplinary Academic Building” Consortium of College and University Media Centers. Selected Webinar Presenter. March 2015.

“Composing Learning Experiences: New Media, Classroom Flipping, and Interdisciplinary Influence” Computers and Writing Conference. June 2014.

“Not When but What: What Graduate Students Can Learn from Administration” Writing Program Administration Conference. July 2013.

“The New Media Writing Studio: Creating Physical, Scholarly, and Pedagogical Space for the Digital Humanities at Texas Christian University” Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium. June 2013.

“Integrating New Media into the Classroom: Practices, Tools, and Technology” South Central Association of Language Learning Technology. April 2013.

“Dirty Windows and Lilac Buds: The Shared Reality of Projections and Portraits in Allison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?” with Amy Tuttle at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference. March 2013.

“Discovering How to Learn: Complexities of New Media Acquisition” Conference on College Composition and Communication. March 2013.

“A Whip for Emily: A Lacanian Interpretation of Faulkner’s ‘A Rose of Emily’” presented at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference for Literature (NUCL). University of Portland. March 2006.

Professional Affiliations

Consortium of College and University Media Centers
National Council for Teachers of English
Professional and Organizational Development
Semester at Sea Alumni