Ph.D., English, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, expected 2016
Primary Area: Rhetoric and Composition
Secondary Areas: Professional Writing and Public Rhetorics; Writing Program Administration; Queer Rhetorics
Dissertation: “Communication in Place-Making Professions: Exploring the Network Pictures, Technologies, and Ideologies of Urban Designers.”
Committee: Dr. Patricia Sullivan, Dr. Michael Salvo, Dr. Jennifer Bay, Dr. Bradley Dilger
M.A., English, University of St Thomas
St. Paul, MN. May 2010
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI. May 2006
B.A., English, Spanish, Psychology, Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN. May 2004
Assistant Professor of English in Professional Writing.
University of St. Thomas. Saint Paul, MN. 55105
“Re-Experiencing Space: Mapping Campus Terrains through Disabilities” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Accepted and Forthcoming. 25 double-spaced manuscript pages.
“Of Evolutions and Mutations: Assessments as Tactics for Action in WAC Partnerships.” WAC Journal. Accepted and Forthcoming. 28 double-spaced manuscript pages. Co-written with Daniel Kenzie.
“Artifacts of Design in Technical Communication: Values, Positions, and Roles.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. (In Press). 32 double spaced manuscript pages.
“Locating Queer Rhetorics: Revealing Local Infrastructures through Maps.” Co-written with Don Unger. Computers and Composition 38 (2015): 96-112
“Engaging Writing about Writing Theory and Multimodal Praxis: Remediating WaW for First Year Composition’.” Cowritten with Liz Lane and Tyler Carter. Composition Studies 42.2 (2014): 118-146.
“Creating Accessible Spaces for ESL Students Online.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 37.1 (2013): 161-185.
“Queer Transgressions: Same-Sex Desire and Transgendered Representations in Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger.” Transcripts 2 (2012): 176-190.
“Crossbreeding Disciplines: Collaboratively Developing a Writing Culture in Animal Sciences Courses.” Writing Program and Writing Center Collaborations: Transcending Boundaries, Eds. Alice J. Myatt and Lynée L. Gaillet. Macmillan, forthcoming.
Work in Progress
“Queering Business Performances.” For submission to Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.
“Stewards of Infrastructure: Writing Centers and Technological Uptake.” For submission to The Writing Center Journal.
“The Master’s Essay.” Cowritten with Rachel MacDonald. Writing in the Margins Spring 2010: 13. University of St. Thomas Department of English. St. Paul, MN.
“Addressing the Blank Page.” Cowritten with Rachel MacDonald. Writing in the Margins Fall 2009: 12. University of St. Thomas Department of English. St. Paul, MN.
Purdue OWL Content
“Undergraduate Application Timeline and Additional Resources” and inclusive materials in subsections. 2013. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/978/1/
“Medical Writing: SOAP Notes” and inclusive subsections. Co-written with Lily Hsu. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/1003/01/
“1910 Oregon Earthquake.” In Disasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History. Mitchell Newton-Matza (Ed.), New York: ABC-CLIO (2014): 202-203.
Professional Writing Courses
Writing Grants and Proposals (University of St. Thomas; 1 section of ENGL 325)
Developed a course centered on teaching students how to critically analyze the proposal writing process. Taught students to focus on problems and opportunities for change via research before launching into innovative ideas. Assignments included creating an organization profile for students’ fictional agency; a close reading of an RFP; developing and revising various sections (literature review, project plan, budget, evaluation) in response to an RFP; and presenting their ideas orally in formal settings.
Introduction to Research for Professional Writers (Purdue University; 1 section of ENGL 203)
Implemented course to introduce students to research methods in professional writing. Topics focus on ethics in research, workplace studies, and qualitative methods. Students produce research proposals, annotated bibliographies and presentation reports.
Technical Writing Online (Purdue University; 1 section of ENGL 421)
Developed assignments and exercises for online delivery of instruction. Assignments and activities reflected workplace writing in technical communication settings. Reports, online instructions and job documents comprised the core of the coursework. In order to successfully complete assignments, students collaborated, conducted user analyses, and managed documentation from distant locales.
Professional Writing (Saint Mary’s University; 1 section of COM 309)
Implemented a curriculum for returning students in the workforce enrolled in a bachelor’s completion program. Incorporated work experience of adult learners into units on correspondence, background research, and proposal writing.
Writing for Health and Human Sciences (Purdue University; 4 sections of ENGL 422)
Coordinated with community partners to present real-world writing scenarios for students in the College of Health and Human Sciences. Throughout the four sections I taught, projects in the course asked students to practice writing for multiple audiences; these included funding agencies (Grant project), lay audiences (Health Information Materials project), and other professionals (In-Service Project). In total, students earned 4,500.00 in grant funding for their projects across 3 sections of the course. Students also practiced writing detailed, objective, and patient-centered notes and presented their findings on the disability maps they created of campus at the Purdue Professional Writing Showcase.
Business Writing (Purdue University; 2 sections of ENGL 420)
Innovated a curriculum in business communication that centered on matters of place. Students conducted background research on impending disasters that will impact specific locations of their choosing. Students also designed marketing materials for cities and towns wanting to increase tourism.
First-Year Composition (Purdue University; 3 sections of ENGL 106)
Implemented Teaching for Transfer courses centered on linking writing in the classroom with workplace and community writing. This course also asked students to connect their daily digital writing to course material. For example, students used Tumblr to track their literacy sponsors and composed on WordPress to describe the discourse communities that they belong to. These blogs were then shared with and critiqued by students in other sections of the course implementing similar projects.
First Year Composition Learning Community (Purdue University; 1 section of ENGL 106R)
Partnered with Secondary Education instructors to implement a writing course for first year students enrolled in the TEACH learning community, who take coursework together.
Critical Reading and Writing I (University of St. Thomas; 1 section of ENGL 111)
Implemented a Fiction and Non-Fiction prose comp-lit course which focused on having students learn different literary genres (memoirs, short stories, novels), appreciate diverse cultural perspectives, engage in written discourse with texts they read by constructing well thought out theses, and practice different types of high and low-stakes writing (journal entries, formal papers, cover letters).
Critical Reading and Writing II (University of St. Thomas; 1 section of ENGL 112)
Implemented a drama and poetry comp-lit course which asked students to engage in close reading and analysis of various poems (in terms of rhythm, meter, metaphor, etc). Students also learned the language of stage production; conducted academic research; and used textual evidence to support their claims.
Writing Across the Curriculum Positions
ANSC 311: Animal Breeding (Purdue University; 3 sections)
Delivered and revised a writing curriculum for students in an Animal Sciences course on Genetic Breeding. Held in-class and out-of-class workshops to teach students about business correspondence, annotated bibliographies, report writing, and using textual and graphic evidence to back up claims.
Writing Center Positions
Writing Center Graduate Consultant (Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; 3 semesters)
Consulted with graduate students on writing projects for coursework throughout the university including courses in the MBA program, the Master’s in Nursing program, and the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program. Led workshops and held consultations on topics such as using APA style, evaluating online sources, strengthening arguments, and paying attention to mechanics and syntax.
Other Teaching Positions
Human Sexuality (University of Wisconsin – Madison; 4 sections of PSY 160).
Implemented a curriculum for four discussion sections of a large undergraduate course taught by Dr. Janet Hyde. I developed test items, coordinated with other teaching assistants to deliver consistent activities, and graded student essays on course texts.
Introduction to Spanish (University of Wisconsin – Madison; 1 section of SPA 101)
Developed a curriculum for a course that met five times a day to help graduate and undergraduate students develop their proficiency with a foreign language. As the instructor of the course, I developed test items, created participatory activities that encouraged engagement, and graded short student essays as they become more comfortable with speaking and writing in Spanish.
Spanish 101 Conversation Group. (Wabash College; 1 section).
Led a weekly discussion group for students in a Spanish 101 course. Coordinated with the instructor of the course to help students practice their written and verbal Spanish abilities.
Presentations and Talks
Professional Writing and Technical Communication
“‘Response Ability’ in Issues of Health Literacy.” Poster Presentation. National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Minneapolis, MN. November 2015. [accepted]
“Eliza in Sim City: Exploring the Role of V(irtual)-Humans in Technical Writing.” Computers and Writing. Menomonie, WI. May 2015.
“The Composing Process of Urban Planners.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL. March 2015.
“Finding Our Place in Space: Comparing the Values of Design in Technical Communication and Urban Design.” Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Tampa, FL. March 2015.
“Diversity in the Wild.” Midwest Association of Business Communication Conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 2014.
“Writing about Human Health: Opportunities for Rearticulating Program Identity.” Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Annual Meeting. Colorado Springs, CO. October 2014.
“ReMapping Campus Pathways through Disabilities.” Society for Disability Studies Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June 2014.
“Engaging Spatial Rendering Technologies: Urban Design, Ideology, and the Body.” The Great Plains Alliance for Computers and Writing Conference. St. Paul, MN. October 2015.
“Presumed Ubiquity & Tangible Networks: The Materiality of TechnoRhetorical Work.” Roundtable with Michael Salvo and Adam Strantz. Computers and Writing. Menomonie, WI. May 2015.
“Responding to the Map: Using Maps to Create an Awareness of Space and Connectivity.” Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, KY. October 2014.
“Discursive Pursuits: Analyzing Discourse Communities in Popular Culture.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference. Chicago, IL. April 2014.
“Digital Assemblages: Constructing Rhetorical Situations with Graphic Editing Software.” Computer Connection at CCCC. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.
“Out of the Closet and into the Archive: Queer Scholarship and Visibility in Composition and Rhetoric.” Co-presented with Don Unger. Thomas R. Watson Conference. Louisville, KY. October 2012.
“Usability at the Center: Making Writing Center Websites Accessible to ESL Students.” Symposium on Second Language Writing. West Lafayette, IN. September 2012.
“Blogsolation: When We Come Out to No One (and Everyone) Online.” Computers and Writing Conference. Raleigh, NC. May 2012.
“Stewards of Infrastructure: The Increasing Digital Qualifications and Responsibilities of Writing Center Staff.” Midwest Writing Centers Association. Chicago, IL. October 2013.
Writing Program Administration
“Of Evolutions and Mutations: Assessment as Tactics for Action in WAC Partnerships.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX. April 2016. [accepted]
“Moving Away from Entropy: WPA Assessment of ‘Orphan’ WAC Programs.” Writing Program Administration Conference. Normal, IL. July 2014.
“Moving From Conference Presentations Into Publications.” Roundtable with Tom Sura and Joan Mullin. Writing Program Administration Conference. Normal, IL. July 2014.
“Assessment of/in the First Year of a Decade-Long WAC Partnership.” International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June 2014.
“Mind Your Place: Re-Forming the Role of the WPA.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference. Savannah, GA. July 2013.
“When the Writing Center is the Center of Writing” with Cheryl Prentice and Alex Urquhart. Midwest Writing Center Association Conference. Madison, WI. October 2011.
History of Rhetoric
“Walking in the Polis: Urban Planning’s Material Influence on Aristotle’s Topoi in the Rhetoric.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.
“Modern (Class)Warfare: Exclusion and Conformity in Education During the Modern Period of Rhetoric and Today.” Co-presented with Stacy Nall. Working Class/Poverty Class Academics Conference. Madison, WI. July 2012.
“The Rhetoric of Urban Design: Integrating Discourse and Design in Multimodal Texts.” Lecture open to the public presented at the University of St. Thomas. St. Paul, MN. March 2015.
“None Among All.” Reading of segment of novel written for the Hockenberry Fellowship open to the public and presented at Wabash College. Crawfordsville, IN. April 2003.
Graduate Workshops and Instruction at Purdue
“Disability Maps.” Invited discussion in ENGL 680A: The Rhetoric of Access. Instructor: Michael Salvo. October 15, 2015.
“Hugh Blair and George Campbell.” Invited lecture, discussion, and activities in ENGL 624: Issues in Composition Studies: Modern Period. Instructor: Patricia Sullivan. October 24, 2014.
“Teaching Assignments in English 422: Writing in the Health and Human Sciences.” Invited discussion in ENGL 505M: Professional Writing Mentoring. Instructor: Michael Salvo. November 12, 2014.
“Effective Conferencing with Students in First Year Composition.” Workshop for the Introductory Composition at Purdue Program. September 4, 2014.
“Professional Writing Assignments and Curricula.” Workshop for the Professional Writing Program. February 12, 2014.
“What You Can Teach Next.” Workshop for the Introductory Composition at Purdue Program. February 11, 2014.
“Animal Sciences WAC Assignments.” Lecture for Writing Lab tutors. October 15, 2013.
“Remediating Literacy Narratives with Tumblr.” Workshop for the Introductory Composition at Purdue Program. September 18, 2013.
Undergraduate Workshops and Instruction at Purdue
“New Chauncey Neighborhood Service Learning Project” invited lecture in ENGL 108: Accelerated First Year Composition. Instructor: Stacy Nall. October 15, 2014.
“Dreamweaver and Web Design.” Lecture, discussion and activities for ENGL 488: Internship in Professional Writing. Instructor: Stacy Nall. February 26, 2014.
“New Chauncey Neighborhood Service Learning Project” invited lecture in ENGL 108: Accelerated First Year Composition. Instructor: Katie Yankura. September 23, 2013.
Programmatic Assessment of the Animal Sciences (ANSC) 311 WAC Curriculum. Purdue University. 2014-present.
Worked closely with Animal Science department to Design and distribute surveys to Animal Science alumni and employers who hire animal science graduates in order to assess their values of writing. Results from an analysis will guide modifications to the curriculum.
Programmatic Assessment of the Professional Writing Program. With Michael Salvo and Charlotte Hyde. Purdue University. 2013-present.
Collaboratively designed and distributed survey questionnaire to professional writing majors and students in business writing, technical writing, and healthcare writing to determine if goals, means, and outcomes are being met and students’ perceptions of writing.
President of Rhetoric of Society of America, Purdue University Chapter, West Lafayette, IN. 2014-2015.
Led student meetings, conducted fundraising, and wrote grants to obtain funding. Was responsible for performing outreach and coordinating with other entities and organizations on campus. Reached out to outside and local speakers for RSA lectures.
Member of Professionalization Committee. Council of Writing Program Administrators-Graduate Organization. 2014-present.
Organized sessions for CWPA conference, performed outreach to call for participants for these sessions, and conducted analysis of feedback from audience members’ surveys for future session planning.
Syllabus Approach Leader for Writing About Writing (WaW). Pedagogical Initiatives Committee, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. 2013-2014.
Observed writing instructors during class sessions, provided instructors with written and verbal feedback on teaching methods, and recommended textbooks for program approval.
Writing Center Representative. Curriculum Committee, Saint Mary’s University, Minneapolis, MN. 2010-2011.
Responsible for assessing syllabi to ensure they met approved goals, means, and outcomes according to several programs and departments.
Graduate Student Representative. Graduate English Committee, University of St Thomas. St. Paul, MN. 2009-2010.
Performed outreach to graduate students and presenting their feedback regarding the program at Graduate Faculty meetings; coordinated with local establishments to organize student social.
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Provided feedback on manuscript submission to co-editors of peer-review journal. 2015.
The Writing Campus: Blog for Writing Across the Curriculum at George Mason University. Blind-reviewed submissions for publication on the blog. 2014.
Writing Program Administration—Graduate Organization Professional Development Committee. Reviewed proposals from potential roundtable participants for CWPA Conference in Boise, ID. 2015.
Webmaster for the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) . Purdue University, 2015-2016.
Webmaster for the Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA). Purdue University, 2013-2014.
Responsible for updating content of the GradSEA website to reflect latest minutes, elections, and events.
Webmaster for the Writing About Writing (WaW) syllabus approach at Purdue University, 2013.
Responsible for uploading content such as possible activities and readings for all instructors of the WaW syllabus approach to use in their teaching.
Technology Steward for the Writing Center, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. 2010-2011.
Responsible for redesigning, maintaining and updating the Writing Center Website, as well as coordinating with tech partners and researching new technologies to implement.
Proficiency with Technology
Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Office
Professional Writing Projects
Managing Ten Health Information Projects across three sections of ENGL 422 in Partnership with Westminster Village in West Lafayette and Food Finders and Creasy Springs in Lafayette, IN. 2014, 2015. Responsibilities included:
- Remaining in contact with staff at Food Finders, Westminster Village and Creasy Springs regarding their health information needs
- Providing students feedback on their grant proposals and individual project ideas
- Teaching students about professional genres (letters, reports, memos) to keep our community partner informed of their progress
- Instructing students on methods for conducting user testing on their prototypes
Developing Instructions and Conducting Usability Testing for the Celery Bog WebCam with the Lilly Nature Center. Lafayette, IN. 2012. Responsibilities included:
- Assessing Nature Center educational needs
- Translating needs into actionable project work
- Developing training documents for multiple users
- Implementing testing to determine solution effectiveness
Drafting an alternate New Chauncey Neighborhood land use plan with the New Chauncey Neighborhood Association. West Lafayette, IN. 2012. Responsibilities included:
- Conducting resident interviews and secondary research for stakeholders
- Collaborating with local neighborhood leaders on zoning plans
- Documenting neighborhood expectations and suggestions
- Presenting recommendations to local city planning commission and city council
Digitizing original New Chauncey plat books with West Lafayette City Hall. West Lafayette, IN. 2012. Responsibilities included:
- Coordinating with Purdue Libraries to access digitization equipment and processes
- Creating accessible versions of 1865 plat books of New Chauncey for use online
- Securing funding for digitization service
Copyedited Terrifying Transformations: An Anthology of Victorian Werewolf Fiction (Valancourt Books, 2013) by Alexis Easley. University of St. Thomas.
Copyedited Celebrity Culture, Gender, and the Victorian Author, 1850-1914 (Rosemont, 2011) by Alexis Easley. University of St. Thomas.
Copyedited and Indexed The New India: Citizenship, Subjectivity, and Economic Liberalization
(Palgrave, 2011) by Kanishka Chowdhury. University of St. Thomas.
Purdue Research Foundation Summer Fellowship, 2014.
Merit-based funding for dissertation development.
Purdue Doctoral Fellowship, Purdue University. 2011-2013.
Competitive two-year fellowship for students of diverse backgrounds, views and
Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, University of Wisconsin – Madison. 2004
Competitive one-year fellowship for students for first-generation graduate
Hockenberry Summer Fellowship, Wabash College. 2003
Competitive summer fellowship for research and writing of proposed fiction
Grants and Awards
Competitive Grants and Awards
Purdue University Graduate Student Organization Grant to fund 2016 activities of Purdue’s chapter of Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
Council of Writing Program Administrators Graduate Organization Travel Grant for proposed presentation at the CWPA Conference in Bloomington-Normal, IL.
Professional Writing Showcase at Purdue – People’s Choice Award for Professional Writing Project on Disability Maps in West Lafayette, IN.
Purdue Graduate Student English Association Emerging Scholars Award for proposed presentation at the Midwest Association of Business Communication Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
International Writing Across the Curriculum Registration Scholarship for proposed presentation at IWAC Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Purdue University Office of Student Engagement Service Learning Grant to fund community engagement project with the New Chauncey Neighborhood Association. West Lafayette, IN.
Purdue University Office of Student Engagement Service Learning Grant to fund creation of technical documents for the Lilly Nature Center. West Lafayette, IN.
American Studies Association Community Partnership Project Grant. West Lafayette, IN.
Purdue University Office of Student Engagement Service Learning Grant to fund West Lafayette City Hall Archival resources. West Lafayette, IN.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Hendrickson Leadership Grant for Writing Center to host Symposium on ESL Writing in Higher Education and invite Featured Speaker Dana Ferris.
University of St. Thomas Diversity Grant for continued diversity research.
University of St. Thomas Diversity Grant for continued diversity research.
Need-based grants and awards
Computers and Writing/Graduate Research Network Travel Award to present at the 2015 Computers & Writing Conference in Menomonie, WI.
Purdue English Department Graduate Student Travel Grant to attend and present at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing in Tampa, FL.
Society for Disability Studies Conference Travel Grant To present at the SDS Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
Mental Health Case Manager. Mental Health Resources, Inc. St. Paul, MN. 2008-2009.
Academic Advisor. Walden University. Minneapolis, MN. 2007.
Mental Health Counselor. Family Service, Madison, WI. 2005-2006.
Fluent in English and Spanish
ENGL 680: Professional Writing Theory
ENGL 696: Archival Theory and Practice
ENGL 680: Experiential Learning and Engagement Theory
ENGL 680: Public Rhetorics
Writing Program Administration
ENGL 590: Writing Curriculum Development
ENGL 590: Writing Program Administration
ENGL 680: Assessment
ENGL 696: Emerging WPA Identities
ENGL 673: Narrative Theory and Postcolonial Texts
ENGL 592: Postcolonial Literature of the City
ENGL 605: Computers in Language and Rhetoric
ENGL 680: Public Rhetorics