Professor of English
Director of College Writing
Ph.D., M.A., University of Rhode Island
M.S., Long Island University
A.B., Duke University
My dream, passion and near-obsession is to cultivate further the long-standing and rich commitment to the teaching of writing here at Wheaton. As we develop our writing program, my interest is to enhance our notion of "composition" as a disciplinary field, produced by the intellect as well as the spirit, reproduced through scholarship as well as classroom practice, and thoroughly charged by the politics of the everyday.
Writing Pedagogy and Rhetoric
Writing Centers; Peer Tutoring
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)
Environmental Cultural Studies
"Because They Do Know the Words." Journal of Sustainability Education. June 2014.
“Composing in the Wake of War: The G.I. Bill and the Teaching of English.” Open Words. (Forthcoming 2014).
“Exploring Visual Rhetoric in the Trayvon Martin Killing: When Pictures Alone Are Not Worth a Thousand Words.” Present Tense. Vol. 3.2. 2014.
“Finding the Metaphor.” College Composition and Communication. (Forthcoming 2014).
“The Changing Ivory Consumer: A Truly American Brand.” Journal of Popular Culture. (Forthcoming).
“Poppies.” bioStories. (November 2013.) http://www.todaysbiostories.blogspot.com/.
"Profession of Letters." College Composition and Communication. (Sept. 2013).
“Las Vegas, Nevada.” Narrative, Fall 2012. http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/fall-2012/las-vegas-nevada.
“Fuzzy.”Animal Companions, Animal Lovers, Animal Doctors: Ontario Vetinary College 150th Anniversary. Ontario Vetinary College, February 2012.
“The Facebook Mirror.” Inside Higher Ed, 6/10/2011.
"Consortia as Sites of Inquiry: Steps toward a National Portrait of Writing Program Administration." Journal of Writing Program Administration. (Spring 2009). With Jill Gladstein and Dara Rossman Regaignon.
"Sustainable Digital Ecologies and Considered Limits" in Technical Ecologies and Sustainability. Eds. Danielle Devoss, Heidi A. McKee, Dickie Selfe. Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2009.
"The Body Matters of Digitized Contexts" in Composition(s) in the Liberal Arts: New Directions. Eds. Joanna Castner and James Inman. Hampton Press (2009).
"Polylog: Are Writing Center Directors Writing Program Directors?" Composition Studies 34.2 (Fall 2006): 11-43. Co-Author with Melissa Ianetta, Linda Bergmann, Lauren Fitzgerald, Carol Peterson Haviland and Mary Wislocki.
"Classical Rhetoric and the Professional Peer Tutor." Writing Lab Newsletter (April 2006).
"Imperative Vigilance." Writing on the Edge (Winter 2005).
"Portfolios as Assessment and Learning Tools." Conference on College Composition and Communication (Spring 2005).
"Alternative Assessment: Student Voices Talk Back." International Writing Centers Association Conference (Fall 2003).
"Chemical Engineering and Communication: An Immiscible Solution?" Journal of Engineering Education (Fall 2003)
"Peer Tutor Training in Visual Rhetoric" in The OWL Construction and Maintenance Guide. Ed. James Inman. CD ROM.
"Cabin Fever." 4'33" (Audio Essay) Feb. 2013
A Mellon Foundation summer research grant is supporting work with Hailey Heston ('17) researching photos of writing technologies as part of a born digital project on teaching writing in electronic environments.
A Writing Research Partners (WRP) grant allowed me to work with Mengyang (Vicky) Li ('14) producing short videos serving as the central image of a Voicethread inviting students to comment on the challenges of writing. I presented this project at the Writing Program Administrators conference in Albuquerque 2012.
Supported by a WRP grant, I worked with students Alexander Bandazian ('09) and Anna Lyczmanenko ('10) to research the ways in which veterans returning from World War II impacted college writing curricula. Sophie Howard ('14) continued that research with me. Three presentations and two articles resulted from this research. One of the articles has been published in the journal Open Words; a second article, focusing on the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, is under consideration.