Steph Ceraso

Associate Professor, Digital Writing & Rhetoric; NEH Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professor

304-A Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Not teaching Spring 2024; please email to set up individual appointments

Composition Pedagogy and Theory, Digital Rhetoric, Sound Studies



  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh. 2013. 
  • M.A. University of Vermont. 2006. 
  • B.A. Washington and Jefferson College. 2004. 




  • "Sonic Approaches to Inclusivity and Social Justice." Chair. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Online. March 2022.
  • “Bittersweet Symphony: Sound and Multisensory Experience.” Brown University. Music Department. March 2020. 
  • “Writing (and Not Writing) with Sound: Podcast Production and Embodied Inquiry.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City. March 2018. 
  • “Art Lives: The Generative Nature of Fandom.” Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium. Rutgers University-Camden. April 2016.
  • “Sounding Composition: Teaching Multimodal Listening.” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Austin. January 2016. 
  • “Teaching Multisensory Listening Practices to Invigorate Digital Composition.” Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities. Los Angeles. April 2015. 
  • “Making Sense of Sound: Learning to Listen in the 21st Century.” John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Duke University. February 2015.   
  • "Listening Bodies, Digital Production, and the Pursuit of Invigorated Sonic Experiences." Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). University of Maryland, College Park. “Digital Dialogues” Series. October 2014. 


  • NEH Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. University of Virginia. 2022-2025.
  • Richard Ohmann Award for Outstanding Article in College English for “(Re)Educating the Senses.” National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 2015. 
  • Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship. University of Pittsburgh. 2012-2013. 
  • English Department’s 2011-2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Fellows. University of Pittsburgh. 2012. 
  • Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Pittsburgh. Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 2011.