Madison P. Jones

PhD, Rhetoric & Writing Studies

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, University of Florida (May 2020)
M.A. in English, Auburn University (2014)
B.A. in English, University of Montevallo (2010)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island (2020-Present)
Department of Writing & Rhetoric (Primary Appointment)
Department of Natural Resources Science (Secondary Appointment)
Faculty Affiliate, Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Writing the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: The Ecological Awareness of Early Scribes of Nature. Co-edited with Steven Petersheim. Lexington Books, 2015.

Articles & Book Chapters (Recent & Selected)

A Counterhistory of Rhetorical Ecologies." Rhetoric Society Quarterly, September 2021, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 336-352.

Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design.” Co-authored with Shannon Butts. Communication Design Quarterly, January 2021.

“Trees, Anti-Advocacy, and Visual Rhetoric in Truax (A Parody of The Lorax),” invited submission for EcoComix: Essays on the Environment in Comics and Graphic Novels. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin. McFarland, 2020.

“(Re)Placing the Rhetoric of Scale: Ecoliteracy, Networked Writing, and MEmorial Mapping.” Mediating Nature: The Role of Technology in Ecological Literacy. Eds. Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey. Routledge, October, 2019.

"Articulate Detroit: Augmenting Public Writing.” Co-authored with Jacob Greene. Computers & Composition Online, Spring 2019.

“Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-Than-Human Publics.” Rhetoric Review, February 2019, vol. 38 no. 1, pp. 63-78 [Awarded the 2020 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication].

Writing Conditions: The Premises of Ecocomposition .” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, Fall 2018, vol. 26, no. 1.

Augmented Vélorutionaries: Digital Rhetoric, Memorials, and Public Discourse.” Co-authored with Jacob Greene. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Fall 2017, vol. 22, no. 1.

“Plato’s Apocalyptic Rhetoric: Interpreting Bioregionalism in the Critias-Timaeus Dialogues.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Summer 2016, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 548-563.

Brief Essays & Book Reviews

Toward an Ecology of Chora and Topoi: A Review of Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice by Casey Boyle.Composition Forum (Fall 2019), vol. 42.

Advertising Poetry: Remix and Digital Invention.” Digital English. Eds. Naomi Milthorpe, Robert Clarke, Joanne Jones, and Robbie Moore (Spring 2019).

Environing Media, a Review of The Undersea Network” by Nicole Starosielski. Reviewed in Digital Humanities Quarterly (Spring 2018), vol. 11, iss, 3.

Review of Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living” by Melissa Lane. Princeton UP, 2012. Reviewed in Journal of Ecocriticism (January 2018), vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. 14-15.


CCCC/NCTE’s Best Article on Philosophy or Theory of Technical or Scientific Communication. For “Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-Than-Human Publics” (2020).

Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Florida (Fall 2019).

Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, University of Florida (Spring 2018).

Graduate School Research Fellowship, University of Florida (Fall 2015-Summer 2019).

Graduate Teaching Award, Department of English, Auburn University (Spring 2014).

Harper Travel Award, South-Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference (Spring 2013).

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Auburn University (Fall 2012-Spring 2014).

Grant-Funded Projects


$750,000. Co-PI. Tolani Olagundoye (PI), Alissa Cox, Christina DiCenzo, Michelle Fontes, Madison Jones, Becky Sartini, Christine Turenius-Bell, Kate Venturini. Rhode Island Agriculture and Food Systems Fellowship Program (RIAFSFP). National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 2022-2026.

$2,000. Co-PI. Jacob Green (Equal Co-PI). Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, 2017.


$5,000. PI. Augmenting Counter-Tourism: A Deep Mapping Project on Block Island. University of Rhode Island Arts and Sciences Dean’s Faculty Summer Research Program, 2021.

$3,100. Co-PI. Kenneth Anderson, Shannon Butts, Jason Crider, Jacob Greene (Equal Co-PIs). Ecotour: Using Mobile Technologies to promote Local Environmental Engagement. University of Florida Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Fall 2017.

$5,200. PI. Carrying Owls to Athens: Deep Mapping Plato’s Environment. University of Florida Graduate School Doctoral Research Grant, Fall 2017.


$324,865. Intellectual Contributor. Aaron Beveridge (PI), MassMine Advancement Grant for Sustainable Data-Driven Humanities Research. National Endowment for the Humanities, September 2021-August 2022.

$15,249. Consultant (Project Development). Les Thiele (PI). Augmenting Sustainability: An AR App for the UF Campus and Gainesville Community (UF-GNV Creative Community Collaborations Project). University of Florida, Spring 2019.

Recent Teaching Experience

University of Rhode Island, Assistant Professor (2020 to Present)

Graduate Seminars

Rhetorical Field Methods for Science Communication (Spring 2022, pending approval)

Visualizing Environmental Rhetoric (Spring 2020)

Graduate Writing in the Life Sciences (Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

Undergraduate Courses

Science Writing (Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

University of Florida, Graduate Teaching Fellow (2015 to 2020)

Upper Division (Courses Designed and Taught)

Professional Communication (Summer 2019)

Advanced Argumentation: Posthuman Writing (Summer 2018)

Advanced Exposition: Digital Rhetoric (Spring 2018)

Lower Division (Courses Designed and Taught)

Technical Writing (Summer 2017)

Writing about Invention (Spring 2017)

Writing through Media: Visualizing Environments (Fall 2016 and Fall 2017)

Academic Presentations

Recent Refereed Conferences

“Sylvan Rhetorics, Anti-Advocacy, and Visual Communication in Truax (A Parody of The Lorax)” Conference on Communication and Environment. Online (June 2020).

“Better Metaphors: Rhetorical Ecologies and Decolonial Posthumanism.” American Society for the History of Rhetoric sponsored panel. National Communication Association. Indianapolis, IN (November 2020).

“Deep Mapping for Environmental Communication Design” Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology Virtual Pre-Conference at the National Communication Association Conference (November 2020).

“Sylvan Rhetorics: Roots and Branches of More-than-Human Publics.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Pittsburgh, PA (March 2019).

“Reinventing Place in an Era of Climate Change.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN (May 2018).

“EcoTour: Digital Rhetoric and Local Spaces.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN (May 2018).

“(Re)Placing Scale.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, MI (April 2018).

“Articulate Detroit (ASLE Subvention-Grant walking tour).” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference. Detroit, MI (June 2017).

Invited Talks

“Augmented Reality and Digital Activism.” University of North Florida (Fall 2017).

“Ecopoetics and Digital Publishing” (via Skype). Texas State University (Fall 2015).

“Why Major in English Studies?” University of Montevallo (Spring 2015).

Professional Memberships

Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine
College Composition and Communication
Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Rhetoric Society of America

References available upon request.