2014 Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric and Composition – Northern Illinois University
Dissertation: The Rhetoric of Revolution and Resistance in New Media Discourse,
Co-Directed by Jessica Reyman and Michael Day
Certificate: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
2007 M.A. in English Literature – Loyola University Chicago
2000 B.A. in English and Political Science – Alma College
AREAS of SPECIALIZATION
Digital rhetoric, professional writing, history of rhetoric, new media studies, rhetorical theory, gender studies, and first-year composition
“Breastfeeding, Authority, and Genre: Women’s Ethos in Wikipedia and Blogs.” Co-authored with Erika M. Sparby. Establishing and Evaluating Digital Ethos and Online Credibility. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017. 329-43.
Branwell Brontë: The History of the Young Men. Edited by students of English 762 with the guidance of William Baker. Sydney: University of New South Wales Juvenilia Press, 2010.
“Wedded to Light: The Life, Letters, and Legend of St. Catherine of Siena.” Co-authored with Julia E. Daniel. Journal of the Midwestern Modern Language Association 41.1 (2008): 1-11.
“#mommyproblems: Embodiment, Access, and Twitter in Maternal Rhetoric.” Co-authored with Erika M. Sparby. Feminism and Motherhood in the 21st Century – Special Issue of Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics (Autumn 2019).
“The Revolutionary Rhetoric and the Founding of Wired Magazine.” The Information Society.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Outstanding New Adviser – Christian Brothers University, 2015-16
Outstanding Graduate Student – Northern Illinois University, 2014
Dissertation Completion Fellowship – Northern Illinois University, 2013-14
Outstanding Graduate Assistant in First-Year Composition – Northern Illinois University, 2012-13
Newberry Library/Andrew W. Mellon Summer Fellowship – Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, UK, 2012
SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
“Not Just a Tool of the Man: A Critical Pedagogy of Technical and Professional Writing” – College English Association, Denver, CO, April 2016
“Digitizing Analog Networks to Share and Reflect on Student Writing,” Co-presented with Michael Day, Dustin Marquis, and Erika M. Sparby – Computers and Writing, Menomonie, WI, May 2015
“Where Do Women Work? – Wikipedia, Blogs, and the Space of Authority,” Co-authored with Erika M. Sparby – CCCC’s Feminist Workshop, Indianapolis, IN, April 2014
“Encouraging Equality: Gender Roles and Collaborative Writing” – Allerton English Articulation Conference, Monticello, IL, April 2014
“Digital Manifestos and the New Working Class Divide” – Writing across the Peninsula, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, October 2013
“Breaking-Up with Blackboard? Using Google.sites in Your Classroom” – Hands on and Interactive Workshop for Online Composition Process – Allerton English Articulation Conference, Monticello, IL, April 2012
“The Rhetoric of Wilderness in the Book of Mormon” – American Society for Literature and the Environment, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, June 2011
“When Hyperlinks Fail: Digital Literacy in the Composition Classroom” – Computers & Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2011
“Writing Centers: Digital Tutoring and Community,” Co-authored with Laura Mulford – Research Network Forum at CCCC, Atlanta, GA, April 2011
“Appropriating Milton: Paine and his Detractors” – South Central Modern Language Association, Fort Worth, TX, October 2010
“Opening Shakespeare and the Web 2.0 Critical Edition” – What is Digital Rhetoric? Roundtable – Computers & Writing, Purdue University, West LaFayette, IN, May 2010
“Milton’s Comus and Icastic Imitation” – Midwestern Conference on Language, Literature, and Media, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 2009
“Lilies and Thorns: Contemplation and Action in the Legend, Letters and Life of St. Catherine of Sienna,” Co-authored with Julia E. Barrett – Midwestern Modern Language Association, Cleveland, OH, November 2007
Writing Program Administrator – Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN — 2016-Present
Assessment: Developed and administered assessment tool for General Education Outcomes in first-year composition. Created new evaluation rubric based on AAC&U Value Rubrics. Built new assessment online rating tool to ease collection of data and real-time reporting. Led training and calibration for assessment raters. Revised rubric based on results and feedback from raters. Developed tool and reporting mechanism for Institutional Effectiveness Outcomes. Worked with different programs within the Department of Literature and Languages to create meaningful and measurable outcomes and assessment process.
Faculty Development: Coordinated with department chair in hiring, training, and observing contingent writing faculty. Created Adjunct Faculty Handbook with checklists and standard language for syllabi, guidance on writing prompts, and campus resources for instruction. Drafted annual reports of contingent faculty. Provided support to full-time faculty by offering feedback on course development, observing instruction, and handling difficult student situations.
Writing on Campus: Collaborated with writing center director and staff to develop tutoring workshops to support student writing skills, particularly in those areas that our assessment report noted needed attention. Coordinated faculty writing group.
First Year Composition Committee – Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL — 2011-2014
Served on assessment, textbook selection, unity and diversity, and working conditions subcommittees. Worked with WPA, contingent faculty, and graduate assistants on programmatic assessment of first-year writing e-Portfolios.
Coordinator of the Showcase of Student Writing – Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL — 2011-2013
Coordinated with instructors, judging volunteers, and various university entities to create a first-year composition event in which over five hundred students presented their multimodal research projects to public.
TEACHING AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Assistant Professor — Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN — 2014-Present
Professional Writing and Communication
Rhetoric of Revolution & Rebellion
Professional Writing – Online
English Composition I
English Composition II
Professional Writing Internship Capstone
Mentor, Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research – York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA — September 2016
Worked with undergraduate students on developing research questions and developing poster presentations. Presented short talk about digital rhetoric research strategies.
Teaching Assistant — Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL — 2008-2013
Rhetoric and Composition I
Rhetoric and Composition II
Experience of Fiction
Masterpieces of British Literature
Writing Tutor, University Writing Center – Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL — 2009-2012
Mentored incoming tutors, helped coordinate after-hours appointments, and tutored a variety of students from dissertation candidates to first-year students.
Writing Tutor, Writing and Tutoring Center – Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL — 2006-2007
Tutored students across the university to help them improve their writing skills.
Search Committee Chair – Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN – Spring 2017
Coordinated selection process, Skype interviews, and campus visit of rhetoric and composition specialist for Department of Literature and Languages. Provided input to the department, Chair, and Dean about best candidates and helped develop job offer.
University Writing Project – Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL — 2013
Assessed writing samples from third-year students across disciplines to determine whether students and faculty reached university writing outcomes.
Graduate Assistant – Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL — 2006-2007
Helped the English Department write its decennial report by collating data from faculty research and graduate student placement, document design, and editing.
University Assessment Committee – Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN — 2016-Present
Collaborated with assessment stakeholders across campus and the Vice President of Academic Affairs to develop university-wide assessment culture and implement new reporting tool. Integrated department assessment tools with new TaskStream software. Trained and supported faculty in School of Arts to develop meaningful learning outcomes.
Transformational Learning, Strategic Plan Subcommittee – Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN — 2017-Present
Developed plans for programs and academic units across campus to create transformational learning experiences for students, such as undergraduate research, service learning, and rigorous support services.
Admissions Committee – Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN — 2015-2017
Reviewed applications of students who do not meet acceptance minimums or transfer from other schools. Provided suggestions for academic support programs for accepted students.
Associate Editor – The Best of the Independent Rhetoric and Composition Journals 2018
Reviewed and ranked scholarly articles with other rhetoric and composition specialists across the country for the 2018 issue Parlor Press series.
Reviewer – Journal of Communication Inquiry
Reviewed scholarly articles for journal editors in area of material rhetoric and communications.
Co-Chair of Teaching, Service, and the Material Conditions of Labor – CCCCs Feminist Workshop
Tampa, FL – March 2015
Created and designed program for workshop. Coordinated with other Chairs, presenters, and attendees to create schedule. Led small discussions about state of labor in the academy.
PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE
Editing and Copyrighting Consultant – Tundraland Home Improvements
Appleton, WI – 2016-Present
Consulted with onsite sales and marketing team to create and edit copy for brochures, sales materials, and web content. Composed competitive marketplace analysis.
Marketing Support Specialist – The Cambridge Group
Chicago, IL — 2005-2007
Collaboratively designed and composed marketing reports, briefs, and prospective client proposals. Copy edited corporate white papers. Served on ad hoc committee to revise and redesign corporate language and design.
Sales Support Specialist – ComPsych Corporation
Chicago, IL — 2002-2005
Composed and edited sales proposals, presentations, sell sheets, and brochures. Collaboratively responded to requests for proposal while managing workflow from multiple departments and stakeholders. Developed web-content for international sales and marketing materials.
National Council of Teachers of English
Society for Technical Communication
Council of Writing Program Administrators