I am a native of Denver, Colorado. I received my B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley; my M.A. in English literature from Boston College; and my Ph.D. in English and Education from the Joint Program in English & Education (JPEE) at the University of Michigan. I am currently an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. In the past ten years, I have taught a variety of courses: English as a Second Language, Basic Writing, College Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Advanced Argumentation, Professional Writing, American Autobiography, and Reading and Writing About Literature.

Boston College: After receiving my M.A. from BC, I stayed on to teach as an adjunct faculty member in the English department. I taught several sections of both the First-Year Writing Seminar and Literary Forms (American Autobiography), and team-taught with Paula Mathieu Composition Theory and the Teaching of Writing, a graduate-level course that prepares M.A. and Ph.D. students to teach composition. From 2003-2005, I served as the Associate Director of First-Year Writing.

In 2005, Longman published Writing Places, a textbook I co-authored with Paula, Tim Lindgren, and George Grattan. Our aim was to provide a textbook for those instructors who were using place-based pedagogy to teach composition. The book has been used by instructors across the country, and we are thrilled to announce that as of August 2012 the second edition is now available.

University of Michigan: In Fall 2005, I joined JPEE. At U of M, I focused on teaching upper-level composition, including Academic Argumentation, Professional Writing, and Creative Nonfiction.

I also continued to serve in the capacity of mentor. From 2006-2007, I served as the Graduate Student Mentor for the English Department. From 2007-2010, I served as a Graduate Teaching Consultant for the Center for Research on Learning & Teaching (CRLT).

In addition to teaching and mentoring, I served as the assistant editor for the Discourse and Social Processes series for Hampton Press. I was also involved in several organizations: I was named a 2008-2009 HASTAC Scholar, a community I continue to participate in. In 2009, I co-founded the Digital Media Studies Group (DMSG). The group continues to be funded by the Rackham Graduate School at U of M and aims to serve the needs of students, staff, and faculty across the University whose work is grounded in digital culture. I served on the planning committee for the 2011 Computers & Writing conference, hosted by the University of Michigan.

Conferences & Research: I have presented at numerous conferences, from NEMLA to AERA to CCCC to HASTAC. My work cuts across a number of disciplines, including composition, literacy, digital culture, and fan studies.

At Wesleyan College, I teach a variety of writing courses. I also designed the new Writing Minor, which will be formally introduced in Fall 2011, and also introduced a new course, Professional Writing, to the curriculum. For Fall 2011-Spring 2012, I will serve on the Student Progress Committee.

Combined areas of interest: Given my teaching, mentoring, and scholarship background, I would describe my combined areas of interest as composition and literacy studies, T.A. & faculty development, discourse analysis, digital participatory culture and fan studies, pop culture, autobiography, and 20th-century American literature.

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