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I am an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) at West Virginia University where I teach courses in the PWE program and the Department of English. My primary research areas are rhetoric and writing theory, digital culture, and professional and technical communication, but I am also interested in the history of rhetoric, new media writing and digital literacies, visual communication, and the digital humanities. I earned my M.A. in rhetoric and writing studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and my Ph.D. in rhetoric and digital literacies and literatures from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the faculty at WVU, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas where I taught in the Emerging Media and Communication program.

My research has investigated the relationship between printing and knowledge-creation, the revision practices of Wikipedia editors, and the connections between the writing and rhetorical practices of Twitter users and network structures. I am currently working on a number of projects exploring the effects of computational processes on writing and rhetoric as they relate to wearable devices and automation. For more information about my research, you can view my full CV or visit my author page at Google Scholar. If you are interested in how I apply my research in my classes, you can read my teaching philosophy or browse my course archive.

Since 2009 I have been a featured contributor to where I blog about education, digital literacy, and writing. While at the University of Texas at Austin, I was an Assistant Director of the Digital Writing and Research Lab in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, where I was a Co-founder and Managing Editor of Viz., a web portal that investigates the connections between rhetoric and visual culture. From 2008-2010 I was a HASTAC Scholar with the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a joint project between Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.