- B.A. in English, Creighton University
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Virginia Tech
- Design Center Coordinator, NMSU (four years)
Research interests: digital/graphic design, intersections of digital/non-digital meaning-making in writing classrooms, performance theory and gender studies
Teaching goals/philosophy: As a teacher, I try to institute opportunities for students to utilize modes of meaning-making that build on “experimental composition” assignments, based on the theories/practices of Patricia Sullivan, Jody Shipka, Byron Hawk, Geoffrey Sirc, and other progressive scholars in the field. These approaches include both digital and non-digital modes such as image-editing (teaching Photoshop in a writing classroom) and methods drawing on the 5 human senses as well as more “traditional” composition methods such as written projects and reflections. As a researcher, I want to determine the effectiveness of these approaches by gathering data from my dissertation work. I aim to contribute to conversations in our field about strategies for embracing the canon of invention, as well as forging further pedagogical connections between visual design, art, the rhetoric of space, and multimodal composing.