I originally attended Green River Community College, in Washington State, with the hopes of quickly graduating and getting a high paying job as a computer programmer. After doing well in my English courses, and seeking the mentorship of my first English teacher (who has become a close friend), I decided to become a writing tutor for the school's Academic Support Center. It was that tutoring job that convinced me to switch away from computer programming and instead focus on becoming a professor. Ever since tutoring in community college, I have been fortunate enough to have always worked in a writing center or taught courses related to writing.
Nearly fifteen years after my first day in college, I received my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before coming to Ithaca College, as a Pre-doctoral fellow, I was a Lincoln Fellow and an Assistant Director for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Writing Center and the Writing Coordinator for the University of Washington Tacoma's Teaching and Learning Center.
- Race Theory
- Rhetorical Analysis
- Writing Center Pedagogy
- Post-Structuralist Theory, especially the works of Michel Foucault
- Composition and academic writing pedagogy
- PhD English, Rhetoric and Composition, University of Illinois at Chicago (2015)
- MA English, Portland State University (2006)
- BA, University of Washington (2004)
COURSES TAUGHT AT IC
- Academic Writing I
- Language, Literacy, and Writing Studies
- Inquiry and Research Writing
- Great Debates in Fiction and Film