I am an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University. My research focuses on digital literacies and their connections to university writing. I am particularly interested in social media, multimodal composition, and learning transfer. I also have a strong secondary interest in second language writing and a growing interest in writing program administration. My research has appeared in Computers & Composition, Composition Studies, and the Journal of Response to Writing.
In my current position, I teach courses in digital literacies, new media composition, and rhetoric. I work closely with the Fire to iPhone theme in the College of Arts and Sciences. I also strive to create professional development opportunities for faculty and graduate students to learn more about teaching with technology and teaching in digital spaces.
I received my PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, & Linguistics from Arizona State University in 2014 and continued on at ASU as a Postdoctoral Scholar for the 2014-2015 school year. I worked closely with Dr. Shirley Rose as Assistant Director of Writing Programs from 2012-2014. In 2014, I helped Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda develop and run writing-across-the-curriculum courses for second language writers.
Before my PhD, I taught English for 6 years in South Korea, including over 4 years at Pusan National University. I taught classes in the English Education department--including English writing, conversation, and reading--and general education courses in practical English and business English. In addition to learning Korean while I lived in Busan, I also learned to speak French and learned to scuba dive.
Outside of the academy, I am an active runner. I compete in races from 5Ks to marathons a few times a year. I enjoy hiking and cycling with my wife when time permits. I have loved video games since I was a child and still play regularly. I also enjoy going to movies, finding new restaurants, reading comic books, and cooking.
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