I am an Associate Professor of Writing in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland. Using civic engagement and service-learning, I teach first-year writing, rhetoric, web writing, and technical writing. I also write articles and books based on my teaching, research, and service. My most recent work is a community-based initiative called Govans Heritage and Community Action, a digital Humanities project on the history of slavery and systemic racism in Maryland and Baltimore.
As Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship in Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice, I work with community members, students, staff, and faculty members to bring about positive change in Baltimore.
PhD in English: Rhetoric and Composition, Purdue University, 2010
MA in English: Composition and Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2003
BA in English: Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2000
AS in General Studies, Northern Virginia Community College, 1996
My teaching focuses on rhetorical theory, technology, empirical research, and civic engagement. In my classes, students learn how to respond to rhetorical situations and write in multiple genres.
My co-authored textbook Read, Reason, Write aligns with my teaching philosophy.
My research focuses on building reciprocal college-community partnerships. To foster these partnerships, I use empirical methods to develop, assess, and revise projects.
My co-authored scholarly book Partners in Literacy discusses my research.
My service focuses on civic engagement. I follow Ernest L. Boyer’s model that combines community-oriented teaching, research, and service.
My co-edited book Commitment to Justice supports my service.
Map of Baltimore from Johns Hopkins University Special Collections.