Thursday, February 05, 2009
I completed my BA in liberal arts at Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), my MA in English at Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), and my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Much of my research and teaching includes service learning, critical pedagogy, and globalization studies. My dissertation, “Thinking Globally, Writing Locally: Re-Visioning Critical and Service Learning Pedagogies with Globalization Theory,” uses ethnographic and teacher-research methods to investigate how integrating globalization theory into a combined critical and service learning pedagogy affects student engagement and student resistance. I examine the scholarly debates on critical and service learning pedagogies and works to address the critiques that have arisen within the field. Scholars have clearly and effectively discussed the contradictions and limitations of these pedagogical approaches, but only a few have begun describing what alternative approaches might look like in practice. Therefore, my project is working to fill a gap in contemporary composition scholarship and will offer a significant contribution to composition studies.
Links to Sample Student Digital Projects Produced in my Classes:
“Which Service Learning Models Support Intercultural Inquiry? A Qualitative Analysis.”
Community Literacy Journal. (Under Review)
Review of Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement, by Linda Flower. Composition Studies. 37.2 (2009)
“Expanding Community-Based Work While Maintaining the Edge.” Reflections. 7.3 (2008)
“From Aesthetic Negativity to Social Action: An Avant-Garde Service Learning Approach to Critical Pedagogy,” Proceedings of The Culture Industry Today Conference, August 28-September 1, 2006: The Culture Industry, the Urban, and Pedagogy General Session. UNIMEP: Brazil, 2006. 95-107.
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), "Writing the Future of Critical Pedagogy with Globalization Theory," Speaker, November 19, 2011, Chicago, IL.
CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), “Check out This Remix: Sampling Globalization Theory into Service Learning,” Speaker, March 17-20, 2010, Louisville, KY.
CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), “Thinking Globally, Writing Locally,” Speaker, March 14, 2009, San Francisco, CA.
CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), “New Modals in the Fight Against Bullshit,” Chair, March 11, 2009, San Francisco, CA.
CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), “Ethical Persuasion in Medical and Pharmaceutical Communication: A Rhetorical Discussion with Global Implications,” Panel Respondent, April 3, 2008, New Orleans, LA.
Y/X Youth Exchange Conference, “Local versus Global: The Battle on the Borderline,” March 30, 2007, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
The Culture Industry Today, “From Aesthetic Negativity to Social Action: An Avant-Garde Service Learning Approach to Critical Pedagogy,” Aug. 28 2006, Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), Brazil.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
2009 Summer Dissertation Fellowship
2008-2009 DeRoy Doctoral Fellowship
2008 Garrett T. Heberlein Excellence in Teaching Award
2008 GEOC Award for Excellence in Teaching
2008 Michigan Campus Compact Outstanding Student Service Heart & Soul Award
2008 Graduate Professional Travel Award
2008-2009 Graduate Professional Scholarship (declined)
2007-2008 Graduate School Ph.D. Grant
2008 Honors Program Community Engagement Award
2007-2009 Doretta Burke Sheill Endowed Memorial Scholarship
2006 Global Teaching Fellowship
2005-2008 Graduate Teaching Assistantship
HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY (HIGH POINT, NC)
ENGLISH 2200: From Dracula to Twilight: Vampires in Literature (Spring 2012, Fall 2011)
Honors English 1102: Writing about Globalization (Spring 2012, Fall 2011)
English 1101 and 1102: Introduction to College Writing (Spring 2011, Fall 2010)
Englsih 2200: Literature and Social Change (Fall 2010)
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (Detroit, MI)
Honors 3010: Honors Intermediate Writing Service Learning (Winter 2008, Fall 2007)
English 3010: Intermediate Writing Service Learning (Winter 2007)
English 2200: Introduction to Shakespeare (Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Fall 2004, Spring/Summer 2008)
Honors 1050: Honors Global Composition (Fall 2006)
English 1020: Introduction to College Writing (Winter 2006)
English 1010: Basic Writing (Winter 2005)
Math Corps Creative Writing Instructor (Winter 2007, Winter 2006)
Writing Center Tutor (Fall 2005, Winter 2006)
ART INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN (Novi, MI)
General Education 095: English Fundamentals (Summer II 2009, Fall 2009)
General Education 101: English I (Summer II 2009, Fall 2009)
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS (Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Summer 2006)
Academic Writing (graduate-level course) Special Section: Globalization and New Media