Department: Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Areas of expertise:

  • Innovation, social innovation, design education
  • Digital Media and writing
  • Community engagement
  • Interdisciplinarity

Dr. McCarthy is an associate professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University (JMU). His primary research and teaching interests are situated at the intersections between innovation studies, community engagement, and writing studies. He is also experienced in project-focused, interdisciplinary teaching and research, largely through his role as a lead instructor and course designer at JMU X-Labs, an undergraduate-focused innovation program. Dr. McCarthy has taught a faculty seminar in digital humanities pedagogy for the College of Arts and Letters at JMU, and he currently serves as a faculty fellow at the Gilliam Center for Entrepreneurship.

Dr. McCarthy earned his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, his master's at Tulane University and his bachelor's at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


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