William Kuskin is Senior Associate Vice Provost for Education Innovation and Special Projects. He is responsible for digital education, international strategy, faculty guidance on classroom space, and the Boulder Campus’s offerings at CU South Denver in Parker, CO. He reports directly to the Provost. Previously, he served as Chair of English at the University of Colorado Boulder, the largest humanities unit in the region, and before that he was Chair of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, were he served during Katrina and helped successfully guide the university through academic probation.
Dr. Kuskin has over twelve years experience in digital education. He has taught in all digital formats from distance education, through online courses, to massive open online courses. In 2013 he launched the MOOC, “Comic Books and Graphic Novels,” which ultimately served over seventy-thousand students and which received special mention for Coursera for its innovative delivery of humanities material, including writing and critical thinking.
A tenured, full professor, Dr. Kuskin’s research area is the history of the book. He has written books and articles on medieval manuscript production, the emergence of printing in the fifteenth century, William Shakespeare, the modern comic book, and the digital codex, as well as online pedagogy. In 2006 he received an NEH Research Fellowship to pursue archival work on the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which became the book, Recursive Origins: Writing at the Transition to Modernity (Notre Dame, 2013). His work in the classroom has garnered awards from both the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.
Dr. Kuskin majored in English and Psychology at Vassar College (class of ’87) and received his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a University of Warwick Exchange Fellow in 1995 and a Stanford Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000.
Contact info and details
- William Kuskin Curriculum Vitae 2015
- Office of the Provost, 2055 Regent Drive, Room 360B
Area/s of specialty
- Dr. Kuskin is currently working on three projects: a MOOC on public speaking, a collection of essays on the Funny Animals genre of comics, and a book, “Heroic Transformations: How Comics Saved My Life (And How They Can Save Yours).” The book is inspired by his essay for colleagues Julie Carr and John-Michael Rivera, “Iron Man’s Heart” “It’s kind of a sprawling mess at this point,” William reports with chagrin. “It’s part autobiography, part studies of the humanities, and part tribute to the superheroes that have shaped my life–Iron Man, Batman, and, of course, Cap.”
- In 2013 William published Recursive Origins: Writing at the Transition to Modernity with the University of Notre Dame Press. This book concludes his three-part investigation of printing in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. The first two books, also with Notre Dame, were Symbolic Caxton: Literary Culture and Print Capitalism (2008), and the collection of essays, Caxton’s Trace: Studies the History of English Printing (2006), focused on the first English printer, William Caxton.
- Sign up for the MOOC: www.coursera.org/course/comics
- View William’s introduction to his online comic book course