My research interests in rhet/comp include writing program administration, writing across the curriculum (writing in the sciences, writing in history), language politics, textual ownership, and digital media. My thesis explores ways that writing program administrators can work strategically to reframe stories about students and plagiarism. I argue that the dominant narrative that positions students as cheaters, teachers as detectives, and the internet as an enabler of loose moral behavior is in conflict with our disciplinary values (valuing student writing, teaching writing as rhetorical communication rather than a set of conventions, demystifying academic practices, understanding students' digital literacies as resources).
Lately I’ve been tinkering around with HTML/CSS and digital production software, which has sparked an interest in information visualization and digital humanities. Three recent projects along these lines:
- Here is a link to a project I did for a seminar last semester on “Teaching with Technology” that touches on how information visualization is relevant to writing instruction.
- Here is a timeline of digital literacies and composition, also created for the “Teaching with Technology” course. The timeline engages questions of the digital divide. Kinda.
- Here is a personal academic website that I created to put on my PhD application materials.
Clearly not as awesome as Tiffany’s original music or sweet video, but yeah.
Other than working on my thesis and taking classes, I teach English 105 (composition for multilingual students) and do some administrative work for the Writing Program. I am currently organizing a faculty development event series this semester. You all should check it out!
That is enough academic talk for now, right?
So--I am a New Englander, as you can tell by my swift walking speed and seemly-cold demeanor. (I promise that I am really a big softie!) I did my undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then spent two years teaching before coming to WSU. The first year I taught English at a high school in southern France, and the second I taught language arts at an inner-city academic preparation program in the States. Moving to Pullman was a bit of a culture shock for me. After feeling isolated geographically and culturally for the first semester or so, I have found some comfort in jogging and biking the local paths. I also enjoy dancing and making things (food, perfume, digital texts, whatevs). I listen to Radiolab religiously. One of my most important life goals is to adopt a dog. Until that glorious day I must limit myself to google-searching adorable dog pictures.