Welcome to my website! Here are the materials for my job talk on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
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Talk Slide Deck Deck
Much of my talk is derived from my 2021-22 Hugh Burns Award winning dissertation, “Digital Age: A Study of Older Adults’ Experiences with Technology.” An article based on one of my site visits for this study was published in the November 2022 issue of Technical Communication.
My newest article (co-authored with colleagues from Lewis University and Michigan State University) illustrates four case studies of English internship programs pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides takeaways for instructors and administrators. The piece was published in the February 2023 issue of the open-source Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice (JUTLP).
EH 331 (Writing for Social Media)
Students in EH 331 spend the first half of the semester building their skills in auditing and analyzing social media content, creating posts and strategy for a variety of platforms and modes, and experimenting with design and project management tools. During the second half of the semester, they apply their newly developed skills to build social media content and strategy (e.g., style guides, content calendars, templates, etc.) for campus and community partners.
In Fall 2022, I received a $4200 grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) to purchase equipment and software for EH 331 students to use when creating digital content to support the All in Alabama campaign. All in Alabama is a new initiative to retain talented graduates in the state of Alabama after graduation. As a team, the 17 students in EH 331 conducted user research on All in AL’s target audience, built a social media strategy that aligned with the campaign’s brand standards, and created two months of content for three platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok). You can view the students’ final deliverables here. At the end of the semester, I secured an additional $3750 in grant funding to pay a student intern from JSU to implement the campaign for ACHE and continue building All in AL’s digital identity and presence.
ENGL 306 (Introduction to Professional Writing)
Introduction to Professional Writing (ENGL 306) is a core course for students in the professional writing major and minor at Purdue University. When teaching this course in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, I created a series of modules that offered students a “smorgasbord” of genres and practices that they might encounter in the workplace: web content development, media relations, technical documentation, and more. Introducing students to the wide range of careers available to them in professional writing, helping them develop a rhetorical and methodological toolkit to work towards their professional goals, and empowering them to share their expertise with their growing network of peers are all areas that I especially enjoy.
- Course Calendar
- Module 1: Communications Audit
- Module 2: Media Kit
- Module 3: Documentation
- Module 4: Informational Interview Website
- Module 5: Employment Portfolio
ENGL 421-DIST (Technical Writing Online)
Technical Writing (ENGL 421) is a course required for students in engineering, technology, computer science, and agriculture programs at Purdue University. When teaching the course online in Summer 2020, I designed scenarios around the majors and programs of the students enrolled in my section: a practice that I have continued at Jacksonville State University, where I also teach Technical Writing (EH 322) multiple times per year.
- Course Calendar
- Project 1: Correspondence
- Project 2: Group Proposal
- Project 3: Documentation
- Project 4: Technical Description
My work designing ENGL 106Y, Purdue’s first ever online introductory composition course, shows my teaching and administrative expertise. In addition to designing the curriculum and building standardized course shells, I also trained writing instructors (graduate teaching assistants and lecturers) in online writing pedagogy and teaching with technology.
My 2018 Computers & Writing presentation (paper available here) describes the development of ENGL 106Y, as well as next steps.
The modular grid approach for course projects, designed to give instructors the opportunity to mix and match student deliverables while still meeting the programmatic learning outcomes, is the subject of a chapter in the WAC Clearinghouse edited collection, PARS in Practice: More Resources and Strategies for Online Writing Instructors. The entire book is available for download for free on the WAC Clearinghouse website.
Additional information on my research and teaching, as well as sample documents, are available via the top navigation.