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 come to New York by way of Colorado, California, Boston, Michigan, and Georgia. While I'm not sure I'll ever feel like a "true" New Yorker, I am thrilled to be living in the beautiful Hudson Valley with my hubby and our sweet Chocolate Lab mix, where I like to hike, practice yoga, and keep up with all things pop culture.

I am an associate professor of English at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. In the past eighteen years, I have taught a variety of courses across four institutions: English as a Second Language, Basic Writing, College Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Advanced Argument, Professional Writing, American Autobiography, Critical Methods, Graphic Novel, and American Lit to 1900. I am also the Director of the Writing Program.

Let me share some of my professional background with you:

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 the awesome 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. In August 2012, Longman published the second edition, which includes new and updated material.

University of Michigan: In Fall 2005, I joined JPEE. At U of M, I focused on teaching upper-level composition, including Academic Argument, 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.

St. Thomas Aquinas College: After two years as an assistant professor in the English Department at Wesleyan College, in August 2012 I relocated to Sparkill, New York and began teaching at STAC. At STAC I teach all levels of composition and also teach a variety of courses in the English major, including Critical Methods, American Lit to 1900, Graphic Novels, and Lit & Gender. As I noted, I am also the Director of Writing, and as such I supervise and support 12-15 instructors in our two-year program. I am currently in the process of revising our program within the new general education curriculum.

Conferences & Research: I have presented at numerous conferences, from NEMLA to AERA to CCCC to HASTAC to College English. For the past few years I have been presenting at one of my favorite conferences, the Pop Culture Association conference, as my work cuts across a variety of disciplines, including composition, literacy, digital culture, and fan studies. 

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. 

I expand on my teaching, research, and administrative work on my other pages! 

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