Phone: (907) 474-7335
Office: Gruening 812
My Motto: Write In Here to Write Out There
Thanks to my experience as a Writing Center tutor as an undergraduate at Creighton University, I knew my mission early: I found intellectual curiosity in observing and learning from people who are engaged in a process. I believe in affirmation, inclusivity, and openness--all of which can be translated into practices to bring about a more just world. My passion for writing as process mirrors my passion for food, community, and collaboration. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of English, I'm also a volunteer and board member for the Stone Soup Cafe.
Before I called Fairbanks home, I had lived and studied metaphor, genre, and feminist pedagogy at the University of Kansas for a Master's degree. I then moved to Western Massachusetts for a doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition where I furthered my knowledge about linguistic ideologies, focusing on ideological constructs between race and writing in classroom practices, curricular design, and program policy.
At the University of Massachusetts Amherst I taught Basic Writing for three years, and conducted teacher research in this setting for my dissertation. I revised and shaped this work in an article which bridges second language acquisition scholarship with translingual theory. You can read it %3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d01471635%26AN%3d101303602" target="_blank">here.
My favorite writing project is a shorter essay on John Dewey, which you can access here.
A sustained academic interest of mine has been the phenomena of "noticing" or how learning becomes conscious, and I thread this interest into my collaborative curricular design for multiple student and community audiences. including students enrolled in Academic Recovery, a women's writing workshop at Fairbanks Correctional Center, and at CoW events around Fairbanks. This Summer, I travelled with two undergraduate researchers to a national conference--there, my students presented a noticing analysis on their own writing processes based on multiple sessions with a Gazepoint Eyetracker.
Students: I see connections before I note differences. If you would like to know how to volunteer or get involved in Fairbanks outside the university campus, or if you would like to conduct your own research on the Gazepoint Eyetracker, send me an email.