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Associate Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2012


Ph.D., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

M.A., English, Tulane University, 2006

B.A., English and History (double major), The National University of Ireland, 1994

Professional Focuses

Intersections between digital rhetorics and civic engagement, in particular how partnerships between universities and off-campus partners can use media to effectively respond to complex social problems.


“The Role of Curation in Tenure & Promotion Documentation” (1st author). With De Hertogh, Lori Beth and Rouillon, Vanessa. Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics. Spring 2020. 

“Uncoupling innovation and entrepreneurship to improve undergraduate education” (3rd author). With Swayne, Nick; Selznick, Ben; Fisher, Kimberly. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. Winter 2019.

“Breaking up I/E: Consciously Uncoupling Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Improve Undergraduate Learning” (2nd Author). With Swayne, Nick; Selznick, Ben; Fisher, Kimberly A. International Conference on System Sciences 51 (HICSS-51). Spring 2019.

“Making It: Institutionalizing Collaborative Innovation in Public Higher Education” (1st Author). With Barnes, Audrey, Holland, S. Keith; Lewis, Erica; Ludwig, Patrice; Swayne, Nick. 4th International Conference on Higher Education Advances. 2018.

“Celebrating Simms: Multiplying the “Single Story” in Community Engagement Projects.” With Molly Godfrey. Public: A Journal of Imagining America. Winter 2017.

“Designing an Engaged Swarm: Toward a Techne for Multi-Class, Interdisciplinary Collaborations with Nonprofit Partners.” Community Literacy Journal. Fall 2016.

“Communication Design and Undergraduate Social Entrepreneurship Education” (1st author). With, Audrey Barnes, Fred Briggs, Kevin Giovanetti, Patrice Ludwig. Kelsey Robinson, Nick Swayne. SIGDOC 2015 Conference Proceedings. Fall 2016.

“Notes Toward a Values-Driven Framework for Digital Humanities Pedagogy.” With Andrew Witmer. Hybrid Pedagogy. Expected Publication date: Spring 2016.

“From Site to Presence: Content Strategy and a Writing Program’s Online Identity.” SIGDOC 2015 Conference Proceedings. Publication Date: Aug. 2015.

“Playful Affinity: A Case Study of the Digital Writing And Research Lab as a Collaborative Graduate Student Research Network.” Co-authored with Lauren Nahas. In Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies edited by Laura McGrath for the Computers and Composition Digital Press. Spring 2012.

“Making an Impact (in three acts).” EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34.3. Video. Featured in Justin Hodgson's "Making the Jump: Digital Publishing and Collaboration." Sept. 2011.

“The Importance of Undergraduate Multimedia: An Argument in Seven Acts.” Kairos 16.1. Fall 2011. Webtext. Featured voiceover contribution. Production by Justin Hodgson, Scott Nelson, Andrew Rechnitz, Clieve Wiese.

“Star Signatures: A cultural studies analysis of Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh’s Notebook.” CR: The New Centennial Review, (10) 1: 49-54. Spring 2010.

“Giving Sam a Second Life: Beckett’s Plays in the Age of Convergent Media.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language. (51) 1: 102-117. Spring 2009.

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