I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Written Communication at Eastern Michigan University, where I will also serve as Associate Director of the First-Year Writing Program.
My dissertation, “Stories at Work: Restorying Narratives of New Teachers’ Identity Learning in Writing Studies,” began as a year-long interview study eliciting new GTAs’ stories of teaching and learning in moments when their professional identities as teachers are beginning and shifting. My project has evolved into enacting narrative as a complex interdisciplinary feminist methodology for studying longitudinal identity learning via stories and the storied projections of new writing teachers.
As a doctoral student at the University of Louisville, I served as an Assistant Director of Composition at the University of Louisville and the Digital Media Research Assistant to Dr. Mary P. Sheridan. In both of these positions, I supported graduate students and composition instructors in teaching and researching using digital tools and pedagogies.
As a teacher, mentor, community partner, writing program administrator, and professional development facilitator, I have designed and participated in several projects that address and redress narratives of deficit for girls and women, for individuals with disabilities, and for writing instructors:
- a Digital Composition Colloquium for writing instructors during a shifting programmatic emphasis on digital, multimodal composition
- a Digital Media Academy for sixth grade girls from schools labeled historically underperforming,
- an Art as Memory documentary film and Nothing about Me without Me project involving adults and children with developmental disabilities in local art, videography, and photography workshops.
I have publications in JAC, Kairos, and Computers and Composition Online and a recent review essay in College English (co-authored with Brenda Jo Brueggemann). I also have a forthcoming chapter in Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, I taught first-year composition courses and American literature with an emphasis on the rhetorical and pedagogical affordances of digital communication and multimodal composing. Previously, I taught first-year composition at a two-year college; and, at a public high school in central Florida, I taught dual-credit and advanced placement courses in composition and literature as well as American literature and research writing. I also recently taught a graduate level course on teaching and learning for the Cadre and Faculty Development Course at Fort Knox, KY, affiliated with the US Army School of Cadet Command and the University of Louisville’s College of Education.
My research areas include narrative research, feminist methodologies and pedagogies, and new writing teacher preparation. My administrative work focuses on professional development, digital composition and pedagogies, feminist mentoring, and writing program administration. I also have additional teaching interests in autobiographical and research writing across genres and media, women writers, and American literature.