Jason Helms

Associate Professor
Reed Hall 317B

jason.helms@tcu.edu | 817-257-7082


Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design, Clemson University, 2010
with additional course work at the European Graduate School Saas Fee, Switzerland

MA in English Literature, San Francisco State University, 2006

BS in Biology (minors in English and Theology), The Master’s College, 2003

Courses Taught

Introductory Composition: Writing as Inquiry
Intermediate Composition: Writing as Argument
Writing Games
Rhetorical Traditions
Multimedia Authoring 1: Image and Hypertext
Multimedia Authoring 2: Animation and Film
Language, Rhetoric, Culture
Visual Rhetoric of Comics and Graphic Narratives
Digital Rhetorics

Areas of Focus

New Media & Digital Humanities
Rhetoric & Composition
Critical Theory
Film and Visual Culture

Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition. Digital Monograph scheduled to be published by the University of Michigan Press and Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. January 20, 2017. http://www.digitalrhetoriccollaborative.org/books/rhizcomics_drc/

“What If the Who Became the What: Bernard Stiegler Listens to Tommy.” Itineration. February 2016.

“Is This Article a Comic?” Digital Humanities Quarterly. Special issue on Comics as Scholarship. Online: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/9/4/000230/000230.html

“Review of Discourse, Figure by Jean-Francois Lyotard.” Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2013. 122-129.

“Vorhandenheit.” Part of “MOMLA: from Panel to Gallery.” Kairos, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2013. Online: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/17.2/topoi/vitanza-kuhn/helms.html

“Miller’s Tale: Translating 300 from Comic to Film.” PRE/TEXT, Vol. 19, Nos. 1-4, Summer 2009. 75-95.

“Helenistic Encomium: A Reflection on Comics and Rhetoric.” Kairos. Vol. 13 No. 2, Spring 2009. Online: http://www.technorhetoric.net/13.2/disputatio/helms/index.html.

“The Task of the Name: A Reply to Carol Poster.” Philosophy and Rhetoric, Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall 2008. 278-287

“The River Speaks: Digital Humanities I.” Panel delivered to TCC Digital Humanities, Fort Worth, February 14, 2019.

“Transparency, Pedagogy, Englightenment: Stiegler’s Radical Call to Teaching Technology.” Part of the “Pharmacon of Digital Exposure: Bernard Stiegler’s Open Access Enlightenment” panel delivered to the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, March 22, 2014.

“Intimate Moments Between Invention and Memory.” Part of the “Technics and Writing: The Strange Techno-composition of Bernard Stiegler” panel delivered to the Computers and Writing Conference, Frostburg State University, June 7, 2013.

“Re-learning to Write: Understanding New Media by Composing in It.” AddRan Back to Class Night. April 2, 2013.

“You Are a Gadget.” University of Kentucky Visual Studies Colloquium. February 17, 2012.

  • Modern Literature Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Rhetoric Society of America

Reviewer for Digital Humanities Quarterly, Enculturation, and the Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects.

2018 Kairos Best Webtext of the Year Awards, Rhizcomics: Rhetoric, Technology, and New Media Composition