About Me

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I am a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Professional Tutor at the Georgia Tech Communication Center. Starting Fall 2018, I will be an Assistant Director at the Georgia Tech Communication Center, particularly focusing on development and sustainable frameworks.

I earned a Ph.D. Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Kansas. Primary research focuses include: cultural rhetorics, visual, digital, and material cultures, transformative composition pedgagogy, and places of public memory. My ongoing research considers the decolonial work of ledger art in various institutional spaces, including national museums and state-level archives. Secondary research projects consider the use of participatory cultures and transformative works in composition classrooms. A constant emphasis on composition pedagogy allows me to continuously place my research into conversation with the teaching of writing. As a teacher and scholar, my research and teaching are in constant dialogue.

In the composition classroom, I centralize student interests  as much as possible, valuing students’ individual experiences as integral to the writing process. An example of this would be my incorporation of fan narratives and fan work into composition courses, allowing students to work from a base of investment as they compose. In my technical and professional writing classrooms, I emphasize process, collaboration, and clarity. Students gain an understanding of genre norms while considering audience and context. In my cultural rhetorics classrooms, I attempt to bring together multiple conversations and experiences in the making of meaning within various communities. For more information on my teaching, please check out my teaching materials.

I have extensive experience in writing center work. Currently, I work as a Professional Tutor at the Georgia Tech Communication Center. In Fall 2018, I will be Assistant Director of the Georgia Tech Communication Center. Beginning in January 2013 as a Graduate Writing Consultant, I worked with a great community of undergraduate and graduate writers from all backgrounds and all skill-levels. I worked with writing center administration and other consultants to train incoming consultants (with my particular emphasis in online consultations via videoconferencing technology). I also served as Consultant Development (ConsDev) Group Facilitator, while also acting as a workshop and writing group leader. I held an administrative position as Marketing Coordinator after a year as Lead of Marketing and Outreach. I aim to continue this work well into the future. Now, I bring this experience to the Georgia Tech Communication Center, helping undergraduate and graduate students as they compose a variety of genres– from their ENGL 1101 podcasts to graduate thesis revisions.

As a teacher, writer, and scholar, I aim to facilitate productive conversation– in professional, academic, and community environments. My courses encourage students to critically engage with communities while enhancing their communicative skills through process-driven pedagogy.

For more information about my professional works, including published papers and presentations, please check out my curriculum vitae.

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