About

I am a Clinical Associate Professor and Writing Program Administrator (WPA) in the Department of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, with over twenty years of experience teaching writing, rhetoric, communication strategy, and literature. I’m passionate about the future of writing and building learning programs that empower people to become acute critical thinkers, writers, and speakers who have the confidence, agility, and digital literacy necessary to communicate sharp, original ideas in a dynamic multimedia landscape.

In my current position as the Director of Undergraduate Teaching, I specialize in

  • designing writing courses in composition, literature, digital collaboration, prof/technical writing;

  • directing multi-section GenEd writing curricula;

  • creating/facilitating instructor-training programs;

  • supervising/mentoring instructors in pedagogy and professional development;

  • managing enrollment, instructional budgeting, and resource allocation.


As a teacher-scholar, I specialize in bringing digital literacy, active learning, and collaboration strategies to writing instruction across the curriculum. I also collaborate with my colleague Gabrielle Stecher on co-authoring OER materials rooted in our collective SoTL research. To view our collaborations, visit our Joint Humanities Commons Profile.

My Teaching and Administrative Philosophy

Today’s students need strong critical-thinking and writing skills more than ever for their personal and professional empowerment. But those skills become increasingly meaningless in today’s world without a digital literacy and models for thinking, writing, and working collaboratively with a diverse set of people, perspectives, and tools – including generative AI.

I meet this call in my praxis by designing courses that position students as both meta-reflective learners and as participants in a learning community. Together, my students and I:

  • apply the metacognition cycle to consciously and constantly re-articulate goals and plans, evaluate, and then recursively iterate learning and writing

  • hold ourselves and one another accountable for the shared learning experience

  • identify and interrogate our positions, processes, and tools, including when and why we employ different kinds of technology, from low-tech paper and whiteboards to high-tech apps, platforms, and AI


Working and writing in community dispels the abstraction that frustrates students in typical writing instruction. They come to see rhetoric as a dynamic, living set of interdependent choices that motivate real people and propel concrete actions and consequences. Such awareness of choice and process nurtures the growth mindset that enables lifelong learners, communicators, and collaborators.

As both a professor and administrator, my current work runs along two tracks. One track is devoted to my own scholarship of teaching and learning, whereby I design and teach writing-intensive courses (focused recently around the social justice work of YA fantasy fiction), gather and analyze data about student learning, and publish SoTL articles and open educational resources. The other track focuses on designing and supervising undergraduate curricula for many of my department’s multi-section courses, which includes mentoring our graduate-student instructors in writing pedagogy, digital pedagogy, and multi-modal curriculum design.

My Background

Before taking up this position, my PhD training in the Humanities, my experience in corporate communications, and my interdisciplinary experiences across a number of departments forged my uniquely broad slight lines. I understand the power of writing and the challenges surrounding its instruction from a variety of vantage points. This dexterity allows me to design student-centered courses that deliver department, program, and university-level objectives.

I have leveraged these broad sight lines across multiple university departments – piloting online software for writing instruction in the University of Georgia’s First Year Composition program, establishing a Digital Composition program in Indiana University’s Department of English, building the Kelley School of Business’ nationally-ranked undergraduate professional-skills curriculum (“Compass”), and re-designing communication courses for Kelley’s MBA program as well as teaching in Indiana University’s Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP).

Education

Ph.D. English, 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington

M.A. English, 2005, University of Georgia

Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, 2005, University of Georgia

B.A. Liberal Studies, 1999, Reinhardt College, Magna Cum Laude

Other Publications

“Active Learning Pods (ALPs): Creatively Rethinking Scale and Writing Pedagogy in the AI Era.” Quick Hits: Creativity in the Classroom. Indiana University Press, (forthcoming, Fall 2024).

“We Can’t Be All the Things: WPA Labor in a Time of Intersecting Crises.” Coauthored with Scot Barnett. WPA: Writing Program Administration 47.1 (Fall 2023). https://wpacouncil.org/aws/CWPA/pt/sp/journal

“Making Revision Stick Online: Adapting Co-Writing Strategies for Digital Engagement.” Coauthored with Kelly Hanson. The Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology 10.1 (Spring 2021): 207 – 224. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jotlt/article/view/31406/36119

“Student Scholarly Identity & Multimodal Making with a Digital Anthology Project.” Coauthored with Corey Sparks. The Once and Future Classroom 13.2 (September 2017). https://once-and-future-classroom.org/student-scholarly-identity-and-multimodal-making-with-a-digital-anthology-project/.

 

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences


    • “College Readiness Means Empowering Creators,” Indiana University First Year Experience Conference, 2024 (proposal under consideration)

    • “Doing Comp Differently: An Invitation to Reimagine the First-Year Writing Classroom, Curriculum, and Graduate Instructor Training,” Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC), 2023.

    • “Composition 2.0: Integrating Digital Literacy in the Foundations Experience of FYC,” Indiana University Statewide IT Conference, 2023.

    • “Where Do We Begin? Business Communication and the Humanities,” Association of Business Communication (ABC), 2022.

    • “A Modified Approach to Specs Grading in Writing Intensive Courses,” Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2022.

    Memberships

    Modern Language Association (MLA)

    International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)

    Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA)

    Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD)

    Association for Business Communication (ABC)

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