Welcome to my website! I am an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where I teach courses in Rhetoric and Composition, Technical and Professional Writing, Cultural Studies, and English Teaching. This semester I am leading a graduate course on the rhetoric of popular culture, and undergraduate classes on composition theory for teachers and an introduction to English studies; next semester I will teach a graduate seminar on composition theory and an undergraduate course on film theory and anime.
I serve as EKU’s Developmental Writing Coordinator, and have overseen the transition of our program from a pre- or zero-credit model to one that is a credit-bearing and co-requisite, accelerating students’ progress towards their degree and providing enhanced support through course-embedded writing consultants. I have presented about these program changes at the 2018 National Association for Developmental Education conference and will share the connections between the co-requisite approach and critical reading strategies at the 2018 Watson Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in late October.
My current research focuses on two areas, both closely tied to my teaching: the use of New Media in Composition classes to develop student-centered learning experiences; and the rhetoric of fan communities, particularly of fans of Japanese popular culture. I have a recent publication examining my use of audio essays in basic writing courses as a way to teach audience analysis and composing skills, as well as to enhance students’ sense of belonging in an academic discourse community. In spring 2019 I will present about the use of ePortfolios in first-year research writing at CCCC. Previously, I have published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly about shifting inside–outside identities as a trope in Japanese rhetoric; in 2017 I presented about the rhetoric of nostalgia in Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises at the International Conference on Narrative.
This webpage provides an overview of my work in teaching, scholarship, administration/leadership, and instructional design. Please look around, and feel free to contact me with questions regarding pedagogy and research!
When I’m not working, I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors with my dogs, Yuki and Nixie; the outdoor photography featured in the headers was taken during some of my outings with them in the Richmond, Berea, and Red River Gorge areas of Kentucky. I also enjoy playing board games —Mysterium, Settlers of Catan, and Agricola are three favorites— and dabble in baking. My cat, Blake, is a constant companion during grading, reading, gaming, and anything else that involves me sitting at a table.