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Joel Ira Schneier

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


My research focuses on the processes, products, and perceptions of literacy practices in a mediated society. 


Peer Reviewed Articles

Schneier, Joel, & Nicholas Taylor. (2018). Hand-Crafted Gameworlds: Space-Time Biases in Mobile Minecraft Play. New Media & Society. First published January, 2, 2018, DOI: 10.1177/1461444817749517.

Schneier, Joel, & Peter Kudenov. (2017). Texting in Motion: Keystroke-Logging and Observing Synchronous Mobile Discourse. Mobile Media & Communication. First published December, 8, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/2050157917738806 .

Schneier, Joel, Tim Stinson, & Matthew Davis. (in press). BigDIVA and Networked Browsing: A Case for Generous Interfacing and Joyous Searching. Submitted to Digital Humanities Quarterly

Book Chapters

Childs, Becky, & Joel Schneier. (2018). Language and the internet in the New South. In Language Variety in the New South: Change and Variation.

Myrick, Caroline, Nicole Eberle, Joel Schneier, & Jeffrey Reaser. (in press). Mapping linguistic diversity in the Caribbean. In The Changing World Language Map.

Schneier, Joel. (forthcoming). Is text-messaging changing how I write and speak? In The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages, 3rd Edition.

Book Reviews

Schneier, Joel. (2017). Dialect mapping in the twenty-first century: Regional dialect mapping of grammatical variation in a text-based corpus. A review of Regional Variation in Written American English by Jack Grieve. In American Speech, 91(4).

Articles for Popular Audiences

Schneier, Joel, and Caroline Myrick. (2016). Wuts up w txting? How kids are leading the way. Tar Heel Junior Historian, Spring, 32-33.


2017. Myrick, Caroline, Joel Schneier, Jeffrey Reaser, & Nicole Eberle. Mapping variation in the English-speaking Caribbean: Moving toward a more complete understanding of Caribbean English. Paper to be presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV), Madison, WI. 

2017. Schneier, Joel. Keystroke-Logging as a Tool for Self-Regulated Learning. Paper presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR.

2016. Schneier, Joel, & Peter Kudenov. Texting in Motion: Toward the Synchronous Study of SMS. Paper presented at American Dialect Society Annual Conference, Washington DC.

2015. Schneier, Joel. Style-Shifting in SMS: Quantitative Analysis of an SMS Elicitation Experiment. Paper presented at American Dialect Society Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

2015. Schneier, Joel. After get in touch with literacy in this class’: WAW in the FYW Classroom with L2 English Writers. Paper presented at Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa Bay, FL.

2015. Schneier, Joel. Intra-Speaker Variation in Syllable Timing: the Zeitlin Tapes and Reconsidering PVI. Poster presented at Linguistic Society of America Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

2014. Schneier, Joel. Writing about writing: Empowering first-year L2 writers through Meta-discursive writing and research. Presentation at American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland, Oregon.

2014. Fox, Michael, May Chung, & Joel Schneier. Marching to the beat of a different drum: cross-regional variation in prosodic rhythm. Presentation at American Dialect Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota.



Writing after FLE 101, P.I., 2014-17


Relational Gameplay and Mobile Minecraft, Co-P.I., 2015-16
Mobile Text-Messaging and Synchronous Observation, Co-P.I., 2015-16
BigDIVA Usability Study, Co-P.I., 2015-16
​Reflexive Participant Observation of Writing/Gameplay, P.I., 2014-15
Text-Messaging in the First Year Writing Classroom, P.I., 2012-13


  • B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric, Creative Writing from James Madison University, 2007
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University, 2010
  • M.A. in Sociolinguistics, Composition & Rhetoric from N.C. State, 2013