I am an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island. I teach courses in rhetoric, professional writing, and multi-modal composition. I am also an affiliated researcher with Michigan State University’s WIDE@MATRIX.

My research interests includes computational approaches to rhetorical analysis. I am currently leading a project that is developing an app that will automatically track and analyze facilitation strategies in online learning environments.

I received my PhD. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Digital Media from The Ohio State University in 2012.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island, 2014-Present
Visiting Assistant Professor of Professional and First-year Writing, Michigan State University, 2012-2014
MSU WIDE-MATRIX Post-doctoral Researcher in Computational Rhetorics, 2012-2014


Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition, The Ohio State University, 2012
MA English, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2007
BA English, University of Hawai’l at Manoa, 2002

Selected Publications

Larson, Brian, William Hart-Davidson, Kenneth Walker, Douglas Wall, and Ryan Omizo. “Use What You Choose: Applying Computational Methods to Genre Studies in Technical Communication.” SIGDOC 2016 Proceedings of the 34th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication Article No. 8 , Silver Springs, MD. Print.
Omizo, Ryan, Minh-Tam Nguyen, Ian Clark, and William Hart-Davidson. “You Can Read the Comments Again: The Faciloscope App and Automated Rhetorical Analysis.” DHCommons Journal (2016).
Omizo, Ryan and William Hart-Davidson. “Hedge-O-Matic.” Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture (2016). Web.
Omizo, Ryan and William Hart-Davidson. “Finding Genre Signals in Academic Writing.” Journal of Writing Research. 7.3 (2016). Web.
Omizo, Ryan and Wendy S. Hesford. “Cultivating the Global Subject of Human Rights Pedagogy.” Human Rights Literature and Pedagogy Eds. Elizabeth Goldberg and Alexandra Stielmeyer. Modern Language Association of America, 2015. Print.
Omizo, Ryan. “Vulnerable Video: A New Vernacular.” Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture. 8 (October 2010). Web.
Henry, Jim, H. Bruland, and Ryan Omizo. “Mentoring first-year students in composition: Tapping role construction to teach.” Currents in Teaching and Learning 1.1 (2008): 17-28.
Omizo, Ryan. “Digital Media and Composition: DMAC Theory 2008.” Kairos: a Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 13.1 (2008). Web.