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Thomas Mark Bentley

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media


Most of my research focuses on technology and the creative process, specifically in college composition.  I’m currently stationed at North Carolina State University where I am researching in the Communications Rhetoric and Digital Media PhD program.


Bentley, T. Mark, Arlo Hall, Brandon Hardy and Caroline Williams."Disorientation: Conducting Brainstorming Sessions"
Lipscomb University Writing Center (October 2012)

Bentley, T. Mark, Tom Cruz, Brandon Hardy. "Building Physical and Digital Writing Center Communities." Workshop Facilitator
Tutor Collaboration Day  (March 2014)
Generated discussions on how to build community in the writing center through both digital social media campaigns, and more traditional means such hosting events and writing groups.

Bentley, T. Mark and Brandon Hardy. "Writing Out in the Open: Developing an Open-source Creative Writing Platform." Panelist
Conference on College Composition and Communication (March 2014)
Discussion of the use of Google Docs and how it can be used to not only foster collaborative writing, but also to expose the writing the process.

Bentley, T. Mark, Tom Cruz, Brandon Hardy and Sarah Rivas. "Multimodal Community: Adaptive Technology in the Writing Center." Panelist
Southern Writing Center Association Conference (February 2014)

MTSU Writing Center Orientation 2013. Moderator/Discussion Leader
Led conversations on writing center pedagogy and implementation with new graduate students.

"Groups in the Writing Center" Panelist/Moderator
Tutor Collaboration Day (April 2013)
Panel member discussing experience with leading the MTSU Creative Writing Group and how that group benefits the Writing Center, (International Discussion Groups, Creative Writing Groups, etc.)

Bentley, T. Mark. "Choose Your Own Relationship: An Exercise in the Suspension of Disbelief." Presenter/Performer
Scholar's Week MTSU (Spring 2013)
A multimedia performance where the audience is given a scenario and chooses the outcome of the narrative.

Bentley, T. Mark, Brandon Hardy, Mary LeDoux."A Journaled Shift: Shadows, Reflections, Pretutoring Internships." Panelist
International Writing Center Association Conference (IWCA) in San Diego (October 2012)
Discussed the common issues that occur when individuals transition from being students to becoming tutors.


  • BS in Pyschology; Minor in Recording Industry Production and Tech from Middle Tennessee State University, 2008
  • MA in English from Middle Tennessee State University, 2015