dr. bonnie lenore kyburz

bonnie kyburz

Visiting Professor

Office: ZU 1005
Email: bkyburz@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of South Florida, 1998
  • M.A. University of South Florida, 1994

Professional Interests

  • dr. bonnie lenore kyburz teaches writing and rhetoric at Northern Illinois University. She works to support creative vision and attempts to compose reflective, rhetorically timely texts via digital filmmaking, installations, multimodal composing, and print. She makes short digital films, documentaries and experimental pieces that hope to resonate as entertaining, provocative arguments for evolving scholarly scenes. kyburz values metacognitive work that announces its emergence from an artist’s immersive process. Her current book is Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations Toward Film-Composition, and it appears in the #writing series at The WAC Clearinghouse and the University Press of Colorado. Her work appears in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and PedagogyEnculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture, Composition Studies, College English, and other NCTE publications.

Selected Publications


  • Cruel Auteurism: Affective Digital Mediations Toward Film-Composition. #writing. Series Ed. Cheryl E. Ball. The WAC Clearinghouse, and the University Press of Colorado. Forthcoming in 2019.

Edited Volumes

  • Negotiating Religious Faith in the Composition Classroom. Co-edited w/ Elizabeth Vander Lei. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook-Heinemann, 2005. Print.

Films & Digital Scholarship

  • “screencube.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Jan 2013. Film.
  • “master.” A remix of the 1936 Chevrolet promotional film, Master Hands. Invited submission. Enculturation: A Journal of Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture. Oct 2011. Film.
  • “status update.” A documentary on social networking and/as pedagogy. Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture, 8. Oct 2010. Film, Webtext.
  • “i’m like … professional.” A short documentary on DIY (“do it yourself”) digital filmmaking and self-distribution. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 14.2. Jan 2010. Film, and Webtext.
  • “bones.” A short documentary on academic multimodality. Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 12.3. Ed. Cheryl Ball & Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 15 May 2008. Film.


  • “Sundance: (Re)view.” Invited submission. PRE/TEXT 19: 2008. 34-42. Print.
  • “‘Totally, Tenderly, Tragically’: Godard's Contempt and the Composition ‘Qu'il y Aurait’ (that Might Have Been).” Invited submission for Composition Studies, 36 (1): 2008. 39-55. Print.
  • “Practica, Symposia, and Other Coercive Acts in Composition Studies.” Don’t Call it That: The Composition Practicum. Ed. Sidney I. Dobrin. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2005. 67-81. Print.
  • “Meaning Finds a Way: Chaos (Theory) and Composition.” College English, 66 (5): May 2004. 503-523. Print.
  • “Autobiography: The Rhetorical Efficacy of Self-Reflection/Articulation.” Strategies for Teaching First Year Composition. Ed. Duane Roen. New York: NCTE, 2002. 137-142. Print.
  • “Comp Tale” #20. Comp Tales: Oral-Based Stories from the Field of Composition. Eds. Rich Haswell & Min-Zhan Lu. New York: A. W. Longman, 1999. 30-31. Print.