Associate Professor

Year Started at JMU: 2003

Contact Info


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico, 2003

M.A., English Literature, James Madison University, 1994

B.A., English, Pennsylvania State University, 1989

Professional Focuses

First-year composition, critical pedagogy, English studies history and reform, graduate education


“The Idea of a Writing Center Course.” Co-author. The Writing Lab Newsletter 34.9-10 (May/June 2010). 1-6.

“Establishing a General Education Student Conference.” AGLS News 25.1-2 (Fall 2008-Winter 2009). 8-9.

 “Discursive Determinism in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.” CEA Critic 69.3 (Spring/Summer 2007). 13-27.

 “Articulation, Liminal Space, and the Place of Rhetoric and Composition in English: A Case for the Hybrid Graduate Student.” Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training the Next Wave. Ed. Virginia Anderson and Susan Romano. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton, 2005. 363–85.

 “How Medium Clarifies Message in Emerson’s ‘Divinity School Address.’” Rhetorical Democracy: Discursive Practices of Civic Engagement. Ed. Gerard A. Hauser and Amy Grim. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004. 249–54.

 “The 1998 Composition Survey: The Status of the Writing Requirement at Four–Year Colleges and Universities.” Co–author. College Composition and Communication 52:3 (February 2001). 455–67.

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