I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and a lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. As a student and teacher of rhetoric, communication, technology, and culture, my interests range from emerging technologies and digital culture, to urban studies and city life, to sustainability and practices of the good life.

My dissertation research involves a rhetorical analysis of public discourse on the so-called 'sharing economy' (sometimes also called the 'collaborative economy'). I want to better understand how advocates and critics of the sharing economy characterize various economic actors (principally 'gig' workers and entrepreneurs), value certain forms of economic activity, make claims about how technology shapes and is shaped by economic activity, and make claims about the moral or ethical dimensions of economic life. By better understanding this particular public discourse, I aim to shed light on how we talk about the economy and economic issues and to consider ways our public discourse on the economy, technology, work, labor, and care might be re-oriented toward a more equitable and just political economy.

I am proud and honored to teach at UW Bothell where I am affiliated primarily with the First-Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP) for first-year and pre-major students. I also hold teaching appointments in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) and the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In FYPP, I teach courses in the first-year Discovery Core series on urban life, data worlds and quantified selves, and practices of the good life. I also teach composition courses, namely, Interdisciplinary Writing and Research Writing, using the themes of food, technology, and sustainability. Finally, I teach Technical Writing to major-level students in the School of STEM, primarily computer science and electrical engineering students.

To get in touch, please email me at iporter AT uw DOT edu.




Doctor of Philosophy, Communication, University of Washington, 2018 (projected) -- Candidate (PhC), 2015

Master of Communication in Digital Media, University of Washington, 2011

Master of Library and Information Science, University of Washington, 2010

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, The Ohio State University, 2007


Lecturer, Part-Time

University of Washington Bothell -- 03/2013 – Present, Bothell, WA

  • Teach writing and interdisciplinary content courses to first-year and pre-major undergraduate students with content focuses in rhetoric, cities, technology, research, and sustainability.
  • Teach technical writing to first-quarter STEM majors (particularly CS students)

Learning Technologist

University of Washington Bothell -- 01/2011 – 09/2015, Bothell, WA

  • Designed, implemented, and assessed faculty development initiatives in collaboration with the Learning Technologies team, including one-on-one technology training and pedagogical support and quarter-long faculty development institutes for hybrid and online learning.
  • Initiated, conducted, and assessed pilot projects on an innovative course model that combined hybrid and community-based pedagogies and on tablet computers for “untethering” classroom teaching.
  • Co-designed with Dr. Kris Kellejian the learning eportfolio for first year students at UW Bothell.
  • Produced Web content for the Learning Technologies website and blog, including How-To tutorials in text-based and video form.
  • Advised faculty on use of technology in teaching.
  • Taught workshops on using technology in teaching and learning for faculty and students, e.g., Google Sites for eportfolios for students and learning management and lecture capture systems for faculty.

Graduate Reference Specialist

University of Washington Libraries, Odegaard Undergraduate Library -- 08/2009 – 12/2010, Seattle, WA

  • Taught library instruction workshops to students in the Intensive English Program, first-year undergraduates in English composition, and undergraduates in major.
  • Staffed the Research Help Desk in Odegaard and assisted students, staff, faculty, and the public with research using library resources.
  • Produced web content using LibGuides CMS and library instruction videos on topics such as “Finding Background Information on a Topic” and “What is a Scholarly Article?”
  • Worked closely with Research and Instruction librarians, particularly the UW Libraries Undergraduate Instruction Coordinator, to develop library instruction curriculum.


Book Chapters

  • Goldstein, David, Leppa, Carol, Brockhaus, Andreas, Bliquez, Rebecca & Porter, Ian. (2012) “Fostering social presence in a blended learning faculty development institute.” Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research and Practice. Edited by Zehra Akyol. IGI Global, 2012.


  • Leppa, C., Brockhaus, A., Goldstein, D., Bliquez, R. & Porter, I. (2011). Hybrid Learning and Faculty Development: Using a “Community of Inquiry” Framework to Foster Hybrid Teaching and Learning Success. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (pp. 257-262). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


  • Porter, Ian, Frizelle, Sara, Brockhaus, Andreas. “Building the Architecture of Classroom Teaching: Lessons from an “Untethered Teaching” project.” Educause CONNECT, Portland, OR, Feb. 2014.
  • Porter, Ian & Kellejian, Kris. “The Narcissus Quandary: The Possibilities and Limits of Teaching Reflection.” AAEEBL International Conference 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Porter, Ian. “Teaching Faculty To Teach Hybrid.” Lilly Regional Conference, Sept. 2012. Traverse City, MI.
  • Porter, Ian & Shelley, Joseph. (Feb. 2012) “Is IT a Cloud? Using Metaphors for Better Outcomes.” EDUCAUSE West/Southwest Regional Conference, 2012, Portland, OR.
  • Leppa, C., Brockhaus, A., Goldstein, D., Bliquez, R. & Porter, I. (Oct. 2011). Hybrid Learning and Faculty Development: Using a “Community of Inquiry” Framework to Foster Hybrid Teaching and Learning Success. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2011. Honolulu, HI.


  • UW Bothell Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Fellow - Academic Year 2016-2017 – Award: $1000
    • Redesign BWRIT134 Interdisciplinary Writing course to a hybrid and community-based learning course
    • Initiate an oral history project focused on the intersection of sustainability and social justice in the Seattle region.


First Year Experience "Discovery Core" Courses

  • BCORE107 Urban Life: A Communication Perspective
  • BCORE115: Data Worlds and Quantified Selves
  • BCORE120: Practicing the Good Life: A Rhetorical Inquiry

Writing, Composition, and Communication Courses

  • BWRIT134: Interdisciplinary Writing
  • BWRIT135: Research Writing
  • CSS301: Technical Writing for Computing Professionals
  • CSSSKL509: Technical Writing Skills (Graduate Course)

Information Literacy Instruction

  • Library Instruction Workshops Topics: Introduction to UW Libraries; Searching in the Library Catalog and Subscription Databases.

Faculty Development Institutes

  • eFellows Hybrid and Online Learning Faculty Development program - 2015
  • Online Learning Institute – 2014
  • Hybrid Course Development Institute - 2011-2014
  • Technology and Library Research Workshops - 2011-2015
  • Technology Workshop Topics: Canvas LMS; Tegrity and Panopto Lecture capture systems; Google Sites for eportfolios; Photostory; Audacity for sound production. - 2011-2015