[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]I’m anĀ Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the English Department at Virginia Tech.

My research considers the ways that technical communication intersects with front-end and back-end user experience design (UXD). In so doing, I draw attention to the ways that rhetoric works itself out via interfaces, interactions, navigational structures andĀ database architectures. Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory, Rhetorical Genre Studies and discourse analyses, my work explores the iterative relationship among language, individuals, tools and communities in digital contexts. By articulating digital objects as rhetorical genres, my work extends investigation into the medial and agenic capacities of objects to shape our collective digital experience.

When not researching, I spend time teaching courses in technical communication, professional writing, digital writing, rhetorical theory and composition history. I also spend time working as the Design Editor at Literacy in Composition Studies. In my role, I am responsible for maintenance of our open-access website. I also design and layout the digital and print versions of LiCS. As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.

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Academic Appointments


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Education & Training


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_position][vc_position_single pos_loc=”University of Nevada” pos_title=”Assistant Professor of English” pos_start=”2015″ pos_end=”Present”][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Western Oregon University” pos_title=”NTT Assistant Professor of Digital Writing” pos_start=”2014″ pos_end=”2015″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Western Oregon University” pos_title=”Assistant Professor of Digital Writing” pos_start=”2013″ pos_end=”2014″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Syracuse University” pos_title=”Teaching Assistant” pos_start=”2009″ pos_end=”2013″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”University of Tennessee at Chattanooga” pos_title=”Professional Writing Instructor” pos_start=”2008″ pos_end=”2009″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”University of Tennessee at Chattanooga” pos_title=”Adjunct Instructor of English” pos_start=”2006″ pos_end=”2008″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Northwest Whitfield High School” pos_title=”Secondary English Teacher” pos_start=”2004″ pos_end=”2006″][vc_position_single pos_loc=”Calhoun County High School” pos_title=”Secondary English Teacher” pos_start=”2003″ pos_end=”2004″][/vc_position][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_education][vc_education_single edu_title=”Composition and Cultural Rhetoric” edu_loc=”Syracuse University” edu_level=”PhD” edu_year=”2013″][vc_education_single edu_title=”English – Rhetoric and Composition” edu_loc=”University of Tennessee at Chattanooga” edu_level=”MA” edu_year=”2007″][vc_education_single edu_title=”Comparative Literature” edu_loc=”University of Georgia” edu_level=”BA” edu_year=”2002″][/vc_education][/vc_column][/vc_row]