Read, Reason, Write: An Argument Text and Reader. 12th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2018. With Dorothy U. Seyler. Table of Contents.

Read, Reason, Write unites instruction in critical reading and analysis, argument, and research strategies with a rich collection of readings that provide both practice for these skills and new ideas and insights for readers.

Read, Reason, Write is committed to showing students how reading, analytic, argumentative, and research skills are interrelated and how these skills combine to develop each student's critical thinking ability.


Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, 3rd ed. Apprentice House, 2016. Co-edited with Paola Pascual-Ferrá.

For this new edition, members of the Loyola community were asked to reflect on the question, “How do you live justice at Loyola?” The book includes more than 30 reflections from administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. In his essay for the book, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola, writes, “Living justice at Loyola requires a promise to question situations where people are left behind, and a commitment to use one’s talents to serve.”


Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic EngagementRowman & Littlefield, 2016. With Jaclyn M. Wells.

Partners in Literacy describes the process, research, relationships, and theories that guided a three-year partnership between the Purdue University Writing Lab and two community organizations in Lafayette, Indiana: the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy and WorkOne Express.

This partnership resulted in a new section of the globally known Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): the Community Writing and Education Station (CWEST), which featured adult literacy resources in the areas of GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and job search literacy. Using an empirical and iterative design process, the authors worked closely with their community partners to develop, test, revise, and launch these resources. 

Selected Publications and Academic Projects

Govans Heritage and Community Action.” Digital Humanities project with Stephanie H. Brizee, my service-learning students, and the community members of Govans, Baltimore.

“What Happens When We Fail?: Building Resilient Community-Based Research.” Forthcoming from the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

“High-Impact Civic Engagement: Outcomes of Community-Based Research in Technical Writing Courses.” Forthcoming from the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. With Paola Pascual-Ferrá and Giuliana Caranante. Peer-reviewed publication.

"Engaged Scholarship: Using Iterative Design and Empirical Methods to Guide Community Work in Baltimore." Response to Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 53 (2018). Invited publication.

“Using Isocrates to Teach Technical Communication and Civic Engagement.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 45.2 (2015): 134-165. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Fostering Professional Communication Skills in a Graduate Accounting Certificate Program.” Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 11.1 (2014). With Joe Langmead. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Toward Participatory Civic Engagement: Findings and Implications of a Three-Year Community-Based Research Study.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 32 (2014): 22-40. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Eloquentia Perfecta in a Digital Age: A New Media Legacy of Jesuit Education.” Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 43 (2013). With Jenn Fishman. Invited publication.

“Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: the User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 29.4 (2012): 341-366. With Morgan Sousa and Dana Driscoll. Peer-reviewed publication.

“The Engaged Dissertation: Three Points of View,” in Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education. Syracuse, NY: Graduate School Press, Syracuse U. 2012. With Linda Bergmann and Jaclyn Wells. Peer-reviewed publication.

Dissertation Project: The Community Writing and Education Station, 2010. With Jaclyn Wells

“Usability Research in the Writing Lab: Sustaining Discourse and Pedagogy.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 26.2 (2009): 107-121. With Michael Salvo, Jingfang Ren, and Tammy Conard-Salvo. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Stasis Theory as a Strategy for Workplace Teaming and Decision Making.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 38.4 (2008): 363-385. Nominated for the 2009 NCTE Scientific and Technical Communication Award. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

"Usability Research and User-Centered Theory for 21st Century OWLs” in The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 2008. With Dana Driscoll, Michael Salvo, and Morgan Sousa. Peer-reviewed publication.

Review of Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Jim Thatcher et al. Technical Communication, Journal of the Society for Technical Communication 54.2 (2007): 254-256. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

Purdue OWL Usability Research Project, 2007. With Michael Salvo, Dana Driscoll, Morgan Sousa, and Jo Doran.