Richard Holeton

Director of Academic Computing Services

(650) 724-2792

I direct Academic Computing Services, which helps faculty, students, and staff use technology resources and tools – and creates some of those tools – for learning, teaching, and research. We provide computing and multimedia resources, teaching and learning spaces, student and faculty consulting, and digital media literacy education. Our services include:

  • technology-rich study spaces and classrooms
  • public computing and printing services
  • IT/multimedia help and equipment for students in the residences, and for the Stanford community at Meyer Library
  • discipline-specific and general consulting for faculty on technology for teaching, research, and digital humanities scholarship
  • support and design for CourseWork, Stanford’s enterprise online learning management system
  • technical and user support and training for the staff of Stanford Libraries


  • BA, Stanford University, English (Distinction)
  • MA, San Francisco State University, English and Creative Writing (Honors)
  • MFA, San Francisco State University, Creative Writing (Fiction)

Professional activities 

  • Board of Directors, New Media Consortium (NMC)
  • NMC Horizon Project Higher Education Advisory Board
  • Co-leader, Learning Space Design Constituent Group, EDUCAUSE
  • Stanford Participating Representative, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
  • Stanford Member Representative, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Stanford Campus Liaison, NMC Technology Advisory Board, New Media Consortium (NMC)
  • Stanford Representative, Ivy-Plus Academic Computing Directors
  • Ivy-Plus Directors of Academic Computing
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology (IGI Global, 2012)
  • Directors of Educational Technology, California Higher Education (DET/CHE)
  • Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and the Web (SIGWEB)
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC)
  • IT Leadership Program, MOR Associates

Selected Publications 


Figurski at Findhorn on Acid (2001, Eastgate Systems). Hypertext novel, CD-ROM.

Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age (1998, McGraw-Hill). College textbook.

Encountering Cultures: Reading and Writing in a Changing World (1992, 1995 2/e, Blair Press/Prentice-Hall). College textbook.


“How Much is Too Much New Media for the Net Generation?” (2010) Book chapter, Reading and Writing New Media, eds. Cheryl Ball and James Kalmbach (Hampton Press).

“Signposts of the Revolution? What We Talk About When We Talk About Learning Spaces” (2009). With Phillip D. Long. EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2009. Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE.

“The Net Generation on Campus and Online” (2009). Talking Stick, Association of College & University Housing Officers—International (ACUHO-I), March-April 2009, pp. 38-56.

“New Students, Emerging Technologies, Virtual Communities, and the College Residential Experience” (2008). Monograph chapter. William J. Zeller (ed.), Residence Life and the New Student Experience. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency (2005) [book review: Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala]. Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (RCCS), May, 2005.

“Constructive ‘Noise in the Channel’: Effects of Controversial Forwarded E-mail in a College Residential and Virtual Community” (1999). ED-MEDIA 99 Conference Proceedings, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

“Wired Frosh: A Case Study of Electronic Community Building in a Freshman Dorm” (1998). Office of Student Affairs, Residential Computing, and Residential Education, Stanford University.

“The Semi-Virtual Composition Classroom: A Model for Techno-Amphibians” (1997). Microsoft in Higher Education Case Studies, Microsoft Corporation; The Technology Source, Case Studies; Technology Tools for Today's Campuses, ed. James L. Morrison.


Kairos 14.2 (2010), “Custom Orthotics Changed My Life” (electronic fiction).

Counterpath Press Online (2009), “Voyeur with Dog” (electronic fiction).

The Fish Anthology (2007), “Calling Fruits and Vegetables” (print fiction, runner-up, Fish Prize).

Mississippi Review (2007), “Product Placement” (print fiction, Honorable Mention, Mississippi Review Editor’s Prize).

The Electronic Literature Collection (Vol. 1) (2006), “Frequently Asked Questions about ‘Hypertext’” (electronic fiction).

Indiana Review (2006), “Thanks for Covering Your Lane” (print fiction, Finalist, Indiana Review Fiction Prize; Finalist, 2012 California Writers Exchange Award, Poets & Writers).

ZYZZYVA (2005), “Understanding Hypertext” (print fiction).

Writer’s Digest Anthology (2008) and Tattoo Highway (2002), “Year of the Pig” (print/online fiction).


Digital Arts and Culture 2009 (University of California, Irvine).

Computers and Writing 2009 (University of California, Davis).

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) III, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2009.

The Future of Writing 2008 Conference (University of California, Irvine).

Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) Conference 2008 (Washington State University, Vancouver).

The Rosetta Screen, permanent installation, Martin Luther King, Jr. Public and University Library, San Jose, CA (2003-present).

More about me 

  • National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship
  • Artists Fellowship in Fiction, California Arts Council
  • Transatlantic Review Award, Henfield Foundation
  • Bing Fund for Teaching and Technology, Curriculum Development Grant, Stanford University
  • Classroom Assessment Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
  • Irvine Foundation Multicultural Curriculum Development Grant, Freshman English Program, Stanford University