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.

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

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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