Teacher | Writer | Student
Freshman composition and business communication is the subject of my research, writing, and pedagogy.
My first exposure to teaching higher-ed was in the spring of 2013. I had always been the quiet, dependable introvert building marketing campaigns and typing away copy at my desk in the corner of the office. But that week in March when I was asked to cover for a lecturer who had suddenly left half-way through the semester, something changed. Teaching writing to a class young twenty-year-olds made me feel alive. Like most teachers on their first day, I remember feeling the tingling in my stomach, the quiver in my speech, the tension in my shoulders. But instead of making me uncomfortable, I felt empowered. It was the first time in my life I felt my labor had meaning. I was no longer just trying to write the most "clickable" text on a webpage - I was showing people what makes the "clickers" click. Through teaching rhetoric, I could help people accomplish their vision by training them to listen closely, think critically, and write effectively.
Since I started teaching, my biggest motivation has been to create bridges across the fault lines that have fractured nearly every public forum in our culture. People don't seem to try to understand nor be understood by others anymore. Because of that, my research is always motivated by the same burning question: how can these composition theories be both practical and applicable to freshmen students and future leaders in business? How can teaching students to listen rhetorically make them well-rounded and accomplished individuals?
I am currently teaching Business Communications full-time at the University of North Texas in Denton. I am also applying to specific PhD programs that align with research and career goals.
Feel free to browse this site to view my research and pedagogy. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.