Michigan State University Campus Visit

Welcome to my website! Here are the materials for my job talk on Thursday, February 2, 2023.

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Research Materials

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 MSU faculty Dr. Kate Birdsall and Dr. Kate Fedewa, illustrates four case studies of English internship programs pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides takeaways for instructors and administrators. The piece is forthcoming in the Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice (JUTLP), so please excuse any typos in this advance copy.

Teaching Materials

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.

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.

Additional Materials

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.