Dr. Joshua Call

Title: Professor of English
Dept.: English
Office: Jensen Hall 102

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.- Composition and Rhetoric, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2009)
  • M.A.- English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2003)
  • B.S.- English and Philosophy, Morningside College (2001)

Start Date at Grand View

  • August 2009

Areas of Expertise

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Visual Culture
  • First-Year Writing
  • Game Studies
  • Literacy Studies

Research / Accomplishments

  • “Do, or Do Not; There is No Try: Race, Rhetoric, and Diversity in the Star Wars Universe.” in The Myth (Re) Awakens: Cannon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars. Lyden and Derry eds. Wipf and Stock Publishers. Forthcoming. 
  • “Introduction: Things That Go Boom- From Guns to Griefing” in Guns, Grenades, and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games. Approaches to Digital Games Studies Vol. 2. Call, Voorhees, and Whitlock eds. August 2012. 
  • “Bigger, Better, Stronger, Faster: Cyborg Reproduction and Disposable Bodies” in Guns, Grenades, and Grunts: First-Person Shooter Games. Approaches to Digital Games Studies Vol. 2. Call, Voorhees, and Whitlock eds. August 2012. 
  • “Series Introduction: Genre and Disciplinarily in the Study of Games” with Gerald Voorhees and Katie Whitlock in Dungeons, Dragons, and Digital Denizens: The Digital Role Playing Game. Approaches to Digital Games Studies Vol. 1. Call, Voorhees, and Whitlock eds. Feb. 2012
  • “Introduction: From Dungeons to Digital Denizens” in Dungeons, Dragons, and Digital Denizens: The Digital Role Playing Game. Approaches to Digital Games Studies Vol. 1. Call, Voorhees, and Whitlock eds. Feb. 2012.
  • “Gaming the Meta: Player Knowledge, Game Literacy, and RPG Mechanics” in Dungeons, Dragons, and Digital Denizens: The Digital Role Playing Game. Approaches to Digital Games Studies Vol. 1. Call, Voorhees, and Whitlock eds. Feb. 2012. 

Personal Interests

  • Boxing/Martial Arts
  • Woodworking
  • Video Games
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
We are a very closely tied community.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
Working closely with students to help them be successful.
Dr. Joshua Call