I coordinate the College Writing Program at Elon, which includes ENG 110: College Writing, ENG 100: Supplemental Writing Workshop, and ENG 115: One-on-One Writing.
I have taught composition, language, and literature courses here at Elon, the University of West Georgia, Central Penn College, and Eastern New Mexico University. I also have a background in print journalism, and worked for several years as managing editor for HomeCare magazine, a trade publication for the home medical equipment industry.
My research focuses on composition pedagogy: What classroom experiences help students develop as writers? My interests include helping faculty discover ways to strengthen their students' and their own writing, mentoring undergraduates in research about writing and in teaching assistantships, analyzing the impact of technology on writing and the teaching of writing, and incorporating sustainable practices into the classroom. In 2011, I co-wrote a proposal for the university's Quality Enhancement Plan to focus on creating a culture of writing in which students, faculty, and staff work together to become stronger writers. This plan will be designed and implemented over the next five years. I am also collaborating with colleagues to determine the effectiveness of offering College Writing during the shortened summer sessions. You can read about our experience with that class here.
In recent years, I have worked on the College Writing Digital Literacies Initiative, funded by a grant from the Revson Foundation, to study the impact of teaching digital literacy skills in first-year writing, 2009-10 (see "Teaching Illustrated Argument" online portfolio here) and been a participant in the Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership, funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, for which I studied the transfer of writing strategies from first-year writing courses to other first-year courses, 2008-09 (ee "The Sticky Nature of Transfer" online portfolio here).