Joseph M. Moxley - Joe Moxley



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Joseph M. Moxley, Ph.D., also known as Joe Moxley, is a professor of English at the University of South Florida, and the founder of Writing Commons.

Moxley has published 1 novel, 14 nonfiction books, 17 chapters in edited collections, 37 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 1 op-ed, 1 book review, 2 short stories, 2 poems, and 7 articles in published conference proceedings. He has been awarded 20 grants from NSF, FIPSE, and other funding sources. Additionally, Moxley has self-published 481 pedagogical articles at Writing Commons, on topics of concern to writing teachers and students, such as:

Professor Moxley has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed scholarly conversations, especially agencydatagogies, corpus linguistics and big data, composing, writing pedagogy, assessment, writing analytics, peer production and participatory learning, open education, scholarly publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, ethnography, and research methodologies. Moxley's works have been translated into Chinese, French, Spanish, and Greek.

Mox hanging out with the early pioneers

Mox hanging out with the early pioneers -- the founding technorhetoricians -- of Computers & Writing: Cindy Selfe; Gail Hawisher; Will Hochman; Dickie Selfe; Kathleen Yancey; Kristine Blair; Janice Walker; Daniel Anderson; Joseph Moxley; Traci Gardner; Nick Carbone; Mike Palmquist; Michael Day; Mike Palmquist.

Throughout his career, Moxley has been a fervent advocate for public writing and open education: his contributions include serving on the Board of the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations), developing The ETD Guide, an online resource supported by UNESCO, hosting an international conference on the ETDs (multimodal electronic theses and dissertations), and publishing a book and multiple articles on the initiative.

Writing Commons, along with the Aaron Swartz Best Award, is an extension of Moxley's passion for the democratization of knowledge. Since 2012, over 15 million teachers and students have used Writing Commons for free. As an extension of this effort, Moxley co-founded The Journal of Writing Analytics, and directed/hosted 5 conferences on writing analytics in Europe and the U.S.

Mox hanging out with his research partners in Bogata at Writing Research Across Borders

Mox hanging out with his research partners in Bogotá at Writing Research Across Borders: Moxley; Laura Anderson; Laura Aull; Anna Wärnsby; Asko Kauppinen.

Moxley directed the writing program at USF between 2003 and 2018. Under Professor Moxley's leadership, the writing program at USF received the prestigious CCCC (College Composition and Communication) Certificate of Excellence Award. During those years, Professor Moxley also founded MyReviewers, a software application, with the goal of improving response to writing, peer review, and writing-program assessment. For this effort, Moxley secured $3.4M in funding from NSF and revenue funds to develop the project. By 2018, MyReviewers was used by approximately 18,000 students at USF and another 10,000 students at other universities, including MIT, Dartmouth, Penn, NCSU, Tartu, etc. For this effort, Dr. Moxley secured $3.4M in funding from NSF and revenue funds to develop the project. By 2018, MyReviewers was used by approximately 18,000 students at USF and another 10,000 students at other universities, including MIT, Dartmouth, Penn, NCSU, Tartu, etc. As a result of this effort, Moxley was awarded the Teaching and Learning Innovator Award from and, more recently, The John Lovas Award from Kairos.

Moxley is a passionate teacher. At the undergraduate level, he has been awarded three university-wide awards for exemplary undergraduate teaching. He taught technical writing for three summers as the Universite d'Artois in Bethune, FR. At the graduate level, Moxley has taught composition theory, research methods, rhetoric and technology, and the practicum. At the postgraduate level, Moxley, deeply influenced by Bob Boice's work on mindset, has consulted widely with doctors, lawyers, engineers, helping them find focus, fluency, and agency as writers. Throughout the U.S. -- based on his 3 books on the academic reward system -- Moxley has taught workshops on grant writing, academic writing, scholarly publishing, and legal writing at medical, nursing, engineering, business, and law schools.

A founding member of the graduate program at USF, Moxley has directed or served on 55 theses and dissertations. Many of his students went on to contribute significantly to the field, writing studies, including Todd Taylor, Janice Walker, Sid Dobrin, Dianne Donnelly, Janice Walker, Alaina Tackitt, Johanna Hillen, Daisy Pignetti, and Andrea Greenbaum. To help his students compete on the job market, Moxley wrote a good many articles and one book with his students, including Vieregge, Q., Stedman, K., Mitchell, T. (2012). Articles: Wilson, A., (Submitted); Tackitt, A; Bennington, S. (2018); McCallum, L (2017); Walkup, K. (2016); Walkup, K. (2016); Langbehn, K., McIntyre, M. (2013); Branham, S. (2015); Nieves, J. (2012). Dixon, Z., (2013). Grants: Heiser, M. (2018); Walkup, K. (2016); Kass, Natalie, (2015); Donnelly, D. (2014); Hayes (2011). Conferences: Trauth (2016); Trauth (2016); Trauth (2016); Dixon, Carbelli & McIntyre (2012); Taylor (1997).

Early in his career, Moxley directed the writing program for one year at Stetson College of Law (thanks to his co-authored book published by the American Bar Association).


As a futurist, Moxley introduced the concept of Twitter on 'Good Morning Tampa Bay' and on several other local TV shows. He has been interviewed by Fox News about his perspectives on the future of writing. In addition to his professional activities, Moxley has served as an expert witness for the City of St. Petersburg regarding a ballot referendum for the pier.

When Moxley is not teaching or working on Writing Commons, chances are he's playing tennis, golfing, or biking. His longest bike ride stretched from Amsterdam to Paris. His happiest bike ride involved chasing his son during Mill Valley's Millennium Bike Ride. His greatest tennis achievement came when he and his team won the State of Florida's under-40 division, subsequently competing at nationals (coming in 5th).


  1. John Lovas Award. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2023
  2. Teaching and Learning Innovator Award. Campus Technology. 2016
  3. Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award. College Composition and Communication & NCTE, 2011/2012
  4. Distinguished Book Award for College Writing Online. Computers and Composition. 2004
  5. Microsoft Gift – Scholar Award ($100,000). Microsoft Corporation. 2000
  6. USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, 2003
  7. USF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1996
  8. USF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1993
  9. USF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1990


  1. Moxley, J., & Yirinec, J. (Eds.). (2013). Network, Collaborate, and Compose: College Writing in the Digital Age.
  2. Moxley, J., Vieregge, Q., Stedman, K., & Mitchell, T. (2012). Agency in the Age of Peer Production. National Council of Teachers of English.
  3. Moxley, J. (2003). College Writing Online. Pearson Education.
  4. Fox, E., Moxley, J., Feizabadi, S., & Weisser, C. (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. CRC Press.
  5. Moxley, J. & Fox, E. (Eds.). The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Retrieved from UNESCO 12/2001.
  6. Moxley, J. (2000). Web of Danger. Saint Gaudens Press.
  7. Moxley, J. & Taylor, T. (Eds.). (1997). Writing and Publishing for Academic Authors (2nd ed.). Rowman & Littlefield.
  8. Kirklighter, C., Vincent, C., & Moxley, J. (Eds.). (1997). Voices & Visions: Refiguring Ethnography in Composition. Heinemann.
  9. Moxley, J. & Lenker, L.T. (Eds.). (1995). The Politics and Processes of Scholarship. Greenwood.
  10. Moxley, J. (Ed.). (1994). Writing and Publishing for Academic Authors. Rowman & Littlefield.
  11. Moxley, J. (1994). Becoming an Academic Writer: A Modern Rhetoric. D.C. Heath.
  12. Moxley, J. & Gale, F. (1993). Teaching Legal Writing: A Modern Rhetorical Approach. American Bar Association.
  13. Gale, F. & Moxley, J. (1992). How to Write the Winning Brief. American Bar Association.
  14. Moxley, J. (1992). Publish, Don’t Perish: The Scholar’s Guide to Academic Writing & Publishing. Greenwood.
  15. Moxley, J. (Ed.). (1989). Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy. National Council of Teachers of English.


  1. The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations was translated in Greek, Spanish, French
  2. Publish, Don’t Perish was translated by Greenwood Press in Chinese: Translated in Chinese in 2014: 成功發表論文,讓您獨占鰲頭 著 …華樂絲語文顧


  • Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, Measurement and Evaluation (with a concentration in Writing Studies)
  • MA, SUNY Buffalo, Creative Writing
  • BA, University of Utah, English (with a concentration in Creative Writing)
  • BA, University of Utah, Psychology

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