Favorite Faculty Receptions, 2010-2014; CIDER Thank a Teacher Program
Recipient of 5 CEUT Teaching and Learning Grants
My teaching and research interests have evolved out of a focus on intellectual development theory, particularly the work of Marcia Baxter Magolda, and how pedagogy can be used to transform lives. As a composition specialist, I focus on communication, written, spoken, and visual, that develops students’ rhetorical awareness and critical thinking skills. By leading students to place themselves within a narrative framework, I encourage students to understand the relationships between knowledge, power, and language. Intellectual development theory is also at the center of my work on Literature and the Environment. How do we educate a citizenry to understand our place in the natural work and the ways in which we are affecting it? My particular interest involves sustainability and what the humanities brings to its discussion.
Intellectual Development Theory
Local Natural History
Coal Mining and Appalachian History
Coordinator of Alumni Relations: Liaison to the English Department’s Distinguished Alumni Board
English Career Connections: Committee Chair and Primary Organizer