Professor of English
Training and Research
I earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from The University of Texas-Austin in 1997. My research and teaching are focused on how writing is used to solve problems in the contexts of business and democracy. I’ve written articles and delivered papers on topics such as the mishandling of the concept of “bias” in first-year composition textbooks, the rhetoric of “voice” in screencast (instructions) in technical writing classes, the use of research (in particular, interviews) in Rogerian argument, and pragmatic constructions of “originality” in thesis-driven research essays in first-year composition.
In addition to scholarly research on teaching, I also write essays and, most recently, I have tried my hand at fiction.
I teach a variety of first-year writing, expository and technical writing courses, and during the summer, a literature course called: Monsters: From Antiquity to the Present.
I volunteer at http://wordworkslynchburg.org/, a non-profit that provides creative writing and expository writing skill support to LCS K-12 students and their teachers through workshops, student publications, and in-school programs.
I read 15-20 novels a year and maybe twice that many non-fiction books—some philosophy, some essay collections, some politics/history. Here’s a sample of some recent favorites: In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays (Roiphe); Proxies: Essays Near Knowing (Blanchfield); The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard (Brainard); The Fly Trap (); Pretentiousness: Why It Matters (Fox); The Future (Auge); Existential Monday (Fondane); Best American Nonrequired Reading (2002-2016).