Beginning in Fall 2015 I’ll be Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada where I’ll teach courses in Professional Writing and assist in coordinating the campus-wide Writing in Disciplines program.

My research considers the ways actors coordinate activity in participatory digital spaces.  In so doing, I hope to draw attention to the ways that human and nonhuman agents cooperate to create vast peer productions.  Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily influenced by Activity Theory and Rhetorical Genre Studies, my work explores the iterative relationship among individuals, tools and communities in networked environments. By articulating digital objects as rhetorical genres, my scholarship extends nascent investigations into the medial and agenic capacities of objects to shape our collective digital experience.

In addition to researching participatory archives, I’m also working on a project with Alice Daer on social media rhetorical genres.  Drawing on twenty years of scholarship in the New Literacy Studies, this work positions informal literacy practices such as social media posting and hashtagging as rhetorical actions that can be effectively articulated as genres. By focusing on the literacy practice of hashtagging, we offer our own formula for understanding and tracing symbolic activity that moves across multiple social media contexts, communities, and applications.

When not teaching and researching, I also spend time working as web editor and contributing editor at Literacy in Composition Studies.  In my role as web editor, I am responsible for the creation and maintenance of our OJS website.  As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


Academic Appointments

Education & Training

  • Present2015

    Assistant Professor of English

    University of Nevada

  • 20152014

    NTT Assistant Professor of Digital Writing

    Western Oregon University

  • 20142013

    Assistant Professor of Digital Writing

    Western Oregon University

  • 20132009

    Teaching Assistant

    Syracuse University

  • 20092008

    Professional Writing Instructor

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • 20082006

    Adjunct Instructor of English

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • 20062004

    Secondary English Teacher

    Northwest Whitfield High School

  • 20042003

    Secondary English Teacher

    Calhoun County High School

  • PhD 2013

    Composition and Cultural Rhetoric

    Syracuse University

  • MA 2007

    English - Rhetoric and Composition

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • BA 2002

    Comparative Literature

    University of Georgia