I am currently NTT Assistant Professor of Digital Writing at Western Oregon University where I study and teach digital writing, digital rhetoric, and academic writing.

My research considers the ways actors coordinate activity in participatory digital archives.  In so doing, I hope to draw attention to the ways that human and nonhuman agents cooperate to create vast peer productions in digital spaces.  Using a mixed-method research methodology heavily inflected by Activity Theory and Rhetorical Genre Studies, my research explores the potentials and pitfalls of writing and archival curation in networked environments.  This research connects to Writing Studies by exploring the ways textual artifacts and various forms of “technical communication in the wild” aid in the tactical development of expansive electronic archives; further, my work also draws attention to the (dys)function of intellectual property in peer produced digital writings and digital archives.

In addition to researching participatory archives, I’m also working on a project with Alice Daer on social media rhetorical genres.  Drawing on twenty years of scholarship in the New Literacy Studies, this article positions informal literacy practices such as social media posting and hashtagging as rhetorical actions that can be effectively articulated as genres. By focusing on the literacy practice of hashtagging, we offer our own formula for understanding and tracing symbolic activity that moves across multiple social media contexts, communities, and applications.

When not teaching and researching, I also spend time working as web editor and contributing editor at Literacy in Composition Studies.  In my role as web editor, I am responsible for the creation and maintenance of our OJS website.  As a contributing editor, I work with the editorial team to review and revise manuscripts toward publication.

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Academic Appointments

Education & Training

  • Present2014

    NTT Assistant Professor of Digital Writing

    Western Oregon University

  • 20142013

    Assistant Professor of Digital Writing

    Western Oregon University

  • 20132009

    Teaching Assistant

    Syracuse University

  • 20092008

    Professional Writing Instructor

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • 20082006

    Adjunct Instructor of English

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • 20062004

    Secondary English Teacher

    Northwest Whitfield High School

  • 20042003

    Secondary English Teacher

    Calhoun County High School

  • PhD 2013

    Composition and Cultural Rhetoric

    Syracuse University

  • MA 2007

    English - Rhetoric and Composition

    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

  • BA 2002

    Comparative Literature

    University of Georgia