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.

My research considers the ways actors coordinate activity in digital spaces. In so doing, I draw attention to the ways that human-technology relations create vast digital archives 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 networked digital environments. 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.

In addition to researching digital tool use in participatory archives, I’m also working on a project that explores alternative methodologies for creating conceptual data models for database architecture. Drawing on computational analyses of genre-based corpora, this work emphasizes the rhetorical aspects of database architecture and provides novel methodologies for developing Entity-Relationship data models.

When not researching, I spend time teaching courses in professional writing, technical communication, 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.

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