Ph.D. - University of Georgia
B.A. - University of Rochester
Commander Alexis Hart joined the VMI faculty in 2004. Prior to becoming a full-time academic, she served 6 years on active duty as a Navy Supply Corps Officer. She spent three years onboard the USS ESSEX (LHD-2), serving one year each as the disbursing/postal officer, the sales and services officer, and the logistics/expediting officer. She then completed a shore tour at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA as a disbursing/postal instructor.
CDR Hart teaches courses in writing and rhetoric, including first-year composition, advanced composition, technical writing, professional editing and design, web writing, and oral communication.
CDR Hart has published essays on computers and writing, including “Performing the Personal in On-Line Writing Classes” in Role Play: Distance Learning and the Teaching of Writing, "<emma>: Reforming Composition with XML" in Literary and Linguistic Computing, and “<emma>: An Electronic Writing Space” in Designing Web-based Applications for 21st Century Writing Classrooms. She is the co-author of Prentice Hall Literature Portfolio, a first-year writing textbook "organized around the guiding principle that reading and writing are complementary skills that need to be taught together." CDR Hart co-edited a special issue of Kairos: Issue 14.3 (Summer 2010): Dot-Mil: Rhetoric, Technology, and the Military and edited the How to Start an Undergraduate Research Journal publication for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).
With COL Roger Thompson, CDR Hart is currently researching military veterans' transitions into college writing classrooms, a project funded by a $10,000 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Research Initiative Grant. She serves as a member of the CCCC Task Force on Student Veterans.
CDR Hart serves as the Interviews co-editor for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, as a member of the editorial board of Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, a Creative Commons free textbook project, and as a member of the Review Board for the International Journal of ePortfolio.
In addition to teaching and research, CDR Hart serves as the Executive Editor of VMI's undergraduate writing journal, New Horizons.