What is your educational background?
- Ph.D. Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
- M.A. Teaching (Secondary English), University of Pittsburgh, 2008
- B.A. English, Grove City College, 2005
What are the main focuses of your research?
Writing instruction, ideologies of literacy learning, and secondary English education
What specific courses or specialties do you teach?
- WRIT 101 Foundations of Academic Discourse
- WRIT 310 Business Communication
- HUMA 202 Civilization and Literature
What is the most important piece of advice you give your students to help them succeed?
Know your sponsors. Know who has influenced you to want to do what you do.
Please list a selection of your publications
- The English teacher as literacy sponsor. Literacy Research Association (LRA), Nashville, TN, December 2016.
- Secondary students’ perceptions of peer review of writing. Research in the Teaching of English, 51(2), 134-161 (2016).
- Tensioning interpretive authority during dialogic discussions of literature. Contribution to a special issue on International Perspectives on Dialogic Theory and Practice, L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature (2016).
- Fostering counter-narratives of race, language, and identity in an urban English classroom. Linguistics and Education, 24, 316-327 (2013).
- Learning to teach generative meaning making through multimodal inquiry. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11(1), 136-149 (2012).
Is there any additional personal experience you would like to share?
I grew up in Kansas and still consider myself a Jayhawk.