During a freshman English course, scrawled on an exit ticket prompting students to share about their “biggest obstacle in writing” are the words: “I question if my writing really matters.” These words frame why I believe writing and academic literacy development is crucial for freshman students, and why I believe a crucial component of higher education is the creation of a strong sense of community that is inclusive, welcoming and treats individuals from all linguistic backgrounds with respect and value.
From my first experiences working with refugees and second-language learners in a writing center, to my work as an English language teacher in countries like Turkey and South Korea, I have shaped and motivated my research interests by listening to the lived experiences of multilingual students and making their needs visible and appropriately supported.
My favorite reading comes from the many great scholars in my field who look at intersections of student support and rhetorical strategies to create change. Additionally, I also distract myself with religious works of all kinds, poetry from the likes of Rainer Maria Rilke, Langston Hughes, among many others.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I am equally passionate about coffee, food, and spending time outdoors. When I’m not working on a course or ongoing research projects, I spend my time with my wife and son who enrich my perspective of the world in immeasurable ways.
- Second-language Writing
- Language ideology
- Writing Program Administration
M.A. English - Rhetoric and Composition. Boise State University, Boise, ID, (May 2016)
- Culminating Portfolio: Applying the Lens of Multilingualism Across Postsecondary Education
B.A. English - Linguistics. Boise State University, Boise, ID, (Aug 2010)
- Culminating Project: Inquiries in Word Origins and Language Change
TESOL Teaching Cert., iTTT International, New York, NY, (2012)
Educational Technology Cert., Boise State University, Boise, ID, (2006)