I am an Assistant Professor of English and the Director of the University Writing Center. I am originally from northern California and as an undergraduate I studied literature and worked as a tutor in the writing center at Humboldt State University. I became interested in writing instruction and earned a Master’s degree in Teaching Writing at the same university. For my Ph.D. work I moved to Seattle and studied at the University of Washington. My focus was the study of rhetoric and language. While there I also ran a writing center and taught composition, literature, and writing center tutor training courses.
At UNCP I teach first-year composition, Writing Center Theory and Practice, and graduate-level courses in rhetoric and discourse. My research includes the relationship between writing centers and basic writing programs and the rhetoric of diversity in higher education. My current research project involves an assessment of the University Writing Center in terms of student success and retention.
Teaching and directing the Writing Center at UNCP has been a wonderful experience for me. The students here are engaged and eager to learn: they challenge me to teach well and innovatively because they care about their education. This student attitude is also evident in the Writing Center; the Writing Center is very popular with the many UNCP students who are motivated and who take advantage of all the educational opportunities the university offers.
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