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About Me

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I direct the University Writing Program and am associate professor of English (Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies area) at Northern Arizona University (NAU). This site houses my “course of life”–the professional pieces that make up an academic’s life, including publications, presentations, teaching materials, and more.

Before coming to NAU, I lived in New England for eight years while I serves as assistant and then associate professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Department at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to that I spent six years as a graduate student at the Center fo

r Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

What’s New?: Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Recent Publications

Book

Writing Childbirth: Women’s Rhetorical Agency in Labor and Online. Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms series. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2015.

Articles
 
In Lak Ech, The Chicano Clap, and Fear: A Partial Rhetorical Autopsy of Tucson’s Now-Illegal Ethnic Studies Classes. College English, vol. 80, no. 3, 2018: pp. 247-270. (Acceptance rate: 5%)
 
Forthcoming Articles and Book Chapters

Writing My Body, Writing My Health: A Rhetorical Autoethnography.Women’s Health Activism. Eds. Jamie White-Farnham, Bryna Siegel-Finer, and Cathryn Molloy. Rutgers UP. Forthcoming 2019.

Handling Sexual Assault Reports as WPA.” The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration, Eds. Courtney Adams Wooten, Jacob Babb, Kristi Murray Costello, Kate Navickas. University of Colorado/Utah State UP. Forthcoming 2019.

Two Problem-Based Assignments: Writing Health and Disability.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Forthcoming Spring 2019. 

Your Book Has Arrived! Now What? Explanation Points: Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition. Eds. Danielle DeVoss and John Gallagher. University of Colorado/Utah State UP. Forthcoming 2019. 

 

Research Interests

Composition, English education, ethnography/everyday rhetorics, rhetorics of health/medicine, rhetorics of bodies, rhetorics of science, ethnic studies, bi/multicultural literacies, travel writing, feminist theory, rhetorical theory.

What My Students Say

Responses from a few students about my teaching, including two letters of recommendation students who had graduated wrote in support of my tenure file.
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Email from WRT:EDC 435 student

Letter from 490 student

Letter from online 305 student:490 student

Note from online 305 student

Graduate student thank you for feedback on seminar paper