Crystal VanKooten

Crystal VanKooten
382 O'Dowd Hall


Crystal VanKooten completed her PhD in English and Education at the University of Michigan in 2014, specializing in new media, audio-visual composition, and writing pedagogy. As part of her doctoral work, she conducted a qualitative research study focused on the development of meta-awareness through AV composition in first-year writing. She is an avid video composer herself, and she has used and developed many audio-visual, digital, and multimodal assignments in the writing classroom with students. Crystal has written about the assessment of new media in Digital Writing Assessment and Evaluation and about the rhetoric of music in Currents in Electronic Literacy. Her current writing and research interests include new media rhetorics and pedagogies, audio-visual research methods, and transfer in first-year composition. 

Before her doctoral studies, Crystal was a high school English teacher for five years, where students first introduced her to the idea of exploring the intersections between reading, writing, and technologies through blogging about literature. She earned her MA in English with a minor in Rhetoric and Composition from Oregon State University in 2004, and her BA in English and Spanish Secondary Education from Calvin College in 2002. More of Crystal’s work can be found on her website or follow her on Twitter @crystalvk.