Professor and Director of First-Year Writing

Year Started at JMU: 2001

Contact Info


Ph.D., English, Texas Christian University, 2002

M.A., Teaching, Mary Baldwin College, 1995

B.A., Middle East Studies, University of Virginia, 1987

Professional Focuses

Writing pedagogy, rhetoric, writing centers


So What? The Writer's Argument. With Laura Schubert. New York: Oxford UP, 2014. Print.

A Guide to Composition Pedagogies. 2nd ed. Ed. with Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, & H. Brooke Hessler. New York: Oxford UP, 2014. Print.

"What Is Composition Pedagogy?" With Amy Rupiper Taggart & H. Brooke Hessler. A Guide to Composition Pedagogies. 2nd ed. 1-19. Print.

"Writing in Action: Scholarly Writing Groups as Faculty Development." With Lincoln Gray, Cindy Hunter, Nancy Poe, & Karen Santos. Journal on Centers for Teaching & Learning 3 (2011): 43-63. Print.

"Citation Obsession? Get Over It!" The Chronicle of Higher Education. 4 Nov. 2011: A96. Print.

"The Idea of a Writing Center Course." With Olivia Mankowski, Karen McDonnell, Tiffany Bryant, Alicia Wendt, & Michael Moghtader. The Writing Lab Newsletter 34.9/10 (2010): 1-6. Print.

"Through Glasses Half Full." The Writing Lab Newsletter 33.3 (2008): 1-4. Print.

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