"How do I know what I think until I see what I say?"( E.M. Forester - 1927)
I like to have fun every day, return to nature when things get too crazy and think deeply about way too many things. I love teaching. It has helped me understand the value of amazing relationships and boundless creativity.
Hi. I am a Professor in the department of Digital Writing and Media Arts (DWMA) here at Kennesaw State University. I earned my Ph.D and M.A. from Florida State University in English with areas of concentration in Rhetoric and Composition and African American Literature and a B.A. degree in Communication. My work in the field, for over 20 years, focuses on innovative practices for writing classes and the training and mentoring of writing teachers. My research and publications center on multimodal composition, digital pedagogies, response theory and portfolios. I currently teach a range of courses such as Composition, Literature, Rhetoric: Text and Image, Writing in Collaborative Spaces, Interactive Feature Writing, Honors classes and a Senior capstone class, Project Portfolio. My teaching philosophy encourages dynamic learning and critical digital literacies and focuses on students' powers to create their own knowledge through language and various "acts of composition."
I teach my courses from a rhetorical perspective in which we learn to balance and negotiate complex rhetorical situations. Rather than teaching writing or communication as a series of skills and formats I present it as an analytic process that requires shifting skills and language. Instead of forms of discourse, I encourage students to examine their own intentions, audiences, subjects and contexts.