I’ve actively been involved in various forms of academic service to my department and the broader discipline. In my position at Virginia Tech I’m collaborating with a small team to shape our Professional and Technical Writing major while also working in HCI & GIS. At the University of Nevada I worked to shape the first year writing requirement while also laying the groundwork for a campus-wide program that emphasized effective communication in/across disciplines. At Western Oregon University, I collaborated on an ongoing revision to the freshman writing objectives and outcomes while also expanding class offerings for a new track in Writing Studies. I also expanded hybrid and online-only writing courses at WOU. At Syracuse University I worked with the Director of Technology as well as the Graduate Director on a variety of projects; these included developing a mobile application for the program, maintaining and updating departmental websites, and developing a unified social media strategy for the graduate and undergraduate curriculum. I also participated on curriculum development and graduate program committees, taking an active role in course development for the undergraduate major while steering revisions to exam procedures and dissertation requirements. As an M.A. student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, I led multiple task forces for the English department to assess technological need and grant opportunities; further, I coordinated with the reference and instruction arm of the university library to develop electronic materials to support critical research and writing courses.
I value university service because it allows me to collaborate with colleagues I may not work with on a regular basis; further, I believe that beyond teaching, productive service is the most important way we can help students succeed.