Department of Writing

Associate Dean, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

  1. Ph.D., University of Louisville
  2. M.A., Florida State University
  3. B.A., Birmingham-Southern College

I teach courses in academic and professional writing, such as Consulting with Writers, Introduction to Professional Writing, Introduction to Style, and Genre & Writing.

My research and writing projects are informed by my classroom teaching and work in the writing center--and, I hope, help me to become a more knowledgeable and effective teacher. Recent projects have focused mainly on writing assessment, writing program administration, and writing center programming. 

In addition to the teaching, scholarship, and service I complete at Grand Valley, I enjoy serving as a manuscript reviewer for Composition Studies, WPA: Writing Program Administration, and The Journal of Writing Assessment.

Selected Publications

Recent Presentations

  • "(Re)Conceiving of the Writing Center as a Site of Transfer." Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, March 22, 2012.
  • "Making Noise in the Library: Designing a Student Learning Environment to Support a Liberal Education." With Lee A. VanOrsdel. Special Session at the Southeast Writing Center Association Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, February 17, 2012.
  • "It's Like a Consultation: Writing Center Assessment as Reflection and Revision." Keynote Address with William J. Macauley. East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, Western Michigan University, March 4, 2011.
  • "Speaking isn't Writing: An Assessment of Professional Writing Students' Presentations." With Christopher Toth. Association for Business Communication Conference, Chicago, October 26, 2010.

Professional Memberships



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