I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada where I teach courses in Professional Writing and assist in coordinating the campus-wide Writing in Disciplines program. As of Fall 2016, I’ll be a new 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 and 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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