Joe routinely offers presentations on the cultural history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and on disability inclusion in higher education. He has also spoken on a variety of pop culture topics at the Popular Culture Association and Modern Language Association conventions.
In 2010, Joe created the Composing Disability conference series, a biennial event that is co-sponsored and co-organized by members of the George Washington University’s English department, office of Disability Support Services, University Writing Program, and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. This event takes a cultural and activist approach to disability that examines the tensions between the embodied lives of disabled people and the rehabilitative pressure of the institutions that surround them. Over the course of its four installments, Composing Disability has hosted talks and performances by Merri Lisa Johnson, Terry Galloway, Ellen Forney, LaDonna Redmond, and Liz Crow.
Joe is also an experienced professor with teaching and curriculum design experience in fields as diverse as American literary studies, cyberethics, film studies, and intermediate and advanced composition. Joe is skilled in both traditional classroom and hybrid instruction.
• “There’s no need to say another word’: Wounded Storytelling, Infamy, and Recovery in Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur” (Midwest MLA Convention)
• “‘Catastrophe and the Cure’: Explosions in the Sky’s Post 9-11, Post-Rock Salvation” (American Cluture Association Convention 2008)