I am currently an Associate Director of the Writing Center at Michigan State University. As an Associate Director, I help coordinate nine writing center locations on campus and on online as well as a staff of nearly 100. I am passionate about providing writing center services for all students on campus. In addition to my administrative duties, I also teach classes in composition studies for graduate students and the peer tutor training course for undergraduate students.
I earned my Ph.D. in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I have previously taught at Case Western Reserve University, Miami University, and Wilberforce University. My teaching pedagogy reflects my commitment to a collaborative learning environment where students engage in diverse perspectives while entering broader discourses and conversations; furthermore, I encourage students to be lifelong learners and thinkers capable of understanding and creating complex arguments in an increasingly diverse and connected world.
My research interests include writing center theory and praxis as well as multimodal/multiliteracy composition and the rhetoric of national identity. In all of my work, I focus on issues of discourse communities, particularly how discourse communities are created, the standards for those communities, and how they are regulated. I am also interested in how discourse communities can be challenged and contested.