As writers question algorithms and A.I, Kathryn called on one of her favorite professors, and went back to class to learn more. Hugh Burns is one of the pioneers who literally wrote the book, and the code, 45 years ago.
Hugh Burns’ dissertation (PhD in Rhetoric, University of Texas) broke ground by combining composition instruction with artificial intelligence research. His work created a program that led to the award-winning education platform Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment (DIWE).
Hugh Burns, Professor Emeritus, Texas Woman’s University, is best known for encouraging writers across all disciplines and pioneering exploratory research in rhetoric and technology.
A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, he served most of his career investigating how artificial intelligence may improve education and training. He’s taught writing and digital humanities courses at The University of Texas at Austin, Smith College, and the Air Force Academy. He served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Visiting Scholar of Digital Media and Composition at The Ohio State University, and as Chairman of the Board of the Daedalus Group.
Since 1990, the Hugh Burns Dissertation Award has been given annually to the best dissertation in the field of computers and composition. In 2011, he was appointed as the Holland H. Coors Endowed Chair at the Air Force Academy.
He and his wife, Mary, live in Colorado Springs; they have three daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Connect with Dr. Burns on Facebook and Twitter.
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