Charles is a Ph.D. student in the English Studies program at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Charles graduated with a Master's of Arts degree from the University of Montevallo, a liberal arts university, where he completed his Master's thesis, "credo quia absurdum est: Redistributed Race and the Neo-Soul Aesthetic in the Works of Percival Everett."
Upon graduation, Charles devoted himself to the two-year college system in Alabama, working for Jefferson State Community College and Lawson State Community College before holding positions at his alma mater, the University of Montevallo, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Charles and his wife moved to Illinois for him to continue his education at ISU. He also has experience as a freelance production assistant and as a librarian!
Current academic focus is in rhetoric, writing studies, and technical communication. More specific interests include exploring the potential rhetorical role of user actions on online genealogical databases, discussing how instructors can effectively use social media in FYC courses and other writing courses, and analyzing the different ways in which digital institutions surveil and record our lives and the lives of other users through privacy policies.
All of his academic endeavors are taken on with the ultimate goal of developing a public, community-based social media pedagogy. You can access his personal website at www.charleswoods.weebly.com.