Jennifer Buckner

Dr. Jennifer J. Buckner

Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of English, Composition Studies Coordinator

Area of Scholarly Interest

Writing Studies, Rhetoric, Pedagogy, Semiotics, New Media, Visual Rhetoric

Jennifer Johnson Buckner is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of English and Coordinator of the Composition Studies program at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. She earned her BA in English Education and MA in English at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her PhD in English Studies with an emphasis on Writing, Rhetoric, and New Media Studies at Old Dominion University.

Her career started teaching 9-12 English in Rowan County, NC where she was Teacher of the Year for West Rowan High and Runner-Up for Northeast Regional Teacher of the Year (2003). Dr. Buckner joined the faculty at GWU in 2007, where she started teaching writing and directing the Learning Assistance Program; later, she directed the Writing Center for 8yrs. While at Gardner Webb, she has been awarded with the Rising Star Award (2010); Scholarship Award (2005); and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award (2017). She served as Chair of the English department (2017-2021) before assuming her current role as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Buckner teaches classes in undergraduate and graduate English programs related to writing, rhetoric, and new media studies, where she also advises students completing capstone projects at each level. Her scholarship focuses on writing pedagogy, semiotics, multimodality, soundwriting and accessibility. She has served as part of the editorial collective for the Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (JUMP+) since 2019, reviewing submissions by undergraduate students.

Classes Taught

All Composition Classes

  • ENGL 363 Rhetorical Grammar
  • ENGL 425/625 Visual Rhetoric (and Document Design)
  • ENGL 427 Multimodal Composition
  • ENGL 429 Topics in New Media Studies
  • ENGL 483/683 Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 501 Introduction to Graduate English Studies
  • ENGL 621 Technology and Literacy
  • ENGL 629 Seminar in New Media

Representative Scholarly Publications:

Buckner, Jennifer. “When Multimodality Gets Messy: Perception, Materiality, and Learning in Written-Aural Remediation.” In Bridging the Gap: Multimodality from Theory to Practice, edited by Santosh Khadka and Jennifer Lee. Utah State University Press. 2017.

Buckner, Jennifer and Kirsten Daley. “Do You Hear What I Hear?: A Hearing Teacher and a Deaf Student Negotiate Sound.” In Soundwriting Pedagogies. Forthcoming with Computer and Composition Digital Press, an imprint of Utah State University Press, edited by Kyle Stedman, Courtney Danforth, and Michael J. Farris, 2017,

A Hearing Teacher and a Deaf Student Negotiate Sound

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