"In our composition classrooms, how many of us take the time to talk to our students about their everyday writing lives? Do we ask them about the responsibilities they feel (or not) to their writing activities and spaces, and if they feel more authoritative in one community versus another? Do we dismiss these extracurricular practices, many of them rooted in popular culture, because we assume they are playful or even disruptive rather than critical or productive?

If students' extracurricular practices are as important to them as Andrea Lunsford's Stanford Study of Writing suggests, and if these practices are as dynamic as the research of Rebecca Black and other literacy scholars suggest, it seems that inviting students to talk about them within the context of the composition classroom is an essential pedagogical practice. Doing so can help bridge the extracurriculum and curriculum and can serve as a way to help students enhance their rhetorical knowledge and critical thinking skills by, for instance, comparing the social and material conditions across different sites of literacy."

-- Exploring Literacy Sponsorship in the Digital Extracurriculum: How Students' Participation in Fan Fiction Sites Can Inform Composition Pedagogy


I received my B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, my M.A. in English from Boston College, and my Ph.D. from the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan.

In August 2012, I joined the English department at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York, where I teach a variety of classes. As a generalist, I teach an American lit survey, The American Novel to 1900, and American Autobiography. Additionally, I teach Critical Methods, the gateway course to the English major; an introductory course focused on the short story; and first-year composition.

In 2013, I became Director of Writing. As such, I oversee the two-year writing program at STAC and support a faculty of 8-10 instructors. I am in the process of reforming the curriculum in order to continue meeting the evolving needs and interests of our students and faculty.

In addition to advising English as well as Criminal Justice majors, I serve on a number of committees and am also co-sponsor of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance group and one of the sponsors for the local Sigma Delta Tau chapter.

While I specialize in Composition and Rhetoric, I actually spend quite a bit of my time teaching American literature. In 2012, Longman/Pearson published the second edition of Writing Places, edited with my co-authors Paula Mathieu, Tim Lindgren, and George Grattan. In the past few years I have presented at several local, regional, and national conferences on a variety of topics, from using "the culture of food" as a unifying theme for composition courses, measuring and addressing students' habits and dispositions regarding plagiarism, contributing to campus conversations about sustainability, and enhancing students' critical writing skills.

Please browse my bio, CV, and teaching and administrative philosophies, and feel free to contact me!

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