Bio

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetI received a PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota in May 2019. Through the Department of Writing Studies at the U, the Department of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas, and the School of Communication at Metropolitan State University, I have taught first-year composition, rhetorics of technology, and technical & professional writing with an emphasis in design thinking. I am a big advocate for the connectivist approach to teaching and learning. I encourage students to utilize various tools and strategies to connect with resources that are helpful to their individual projects and collaborate with those who share similar interests. I believe in the cliche that no one knows everything but everyone knows something, and together we can achieve more.

I was a researcher affiliated with the Wearables Research Collaboratory. I investigated the sociocultural aspects of emerging wearable teachnologies and their effects on private, public, and educational sectors. I deployed devices like Google Glass, Google Cardboard, Ricoh Theta 360, and other gadgets to examine the usefulness of wearable technologies in different learning contexts. With Joe Moses, I am working to conceptualize a project management model (powered by design thinking) to writing pedagogy across disciplines.

My recent works include the following:

I am continually intrigued by the impact of technologies on our personal, professional, and social lives, and I strive to better understand how we might facilitate better living and learning through these technologies.

When not teaching or writing, I’m usually found reading, running, or binge-watching detective or comedy TV with my partner.

Education Background

PhD in Rhetoric & Scientific & Technical Communication, Minor in Human Factors and Ergonomics, University of Minnesota, 2019 (Defended February 2019).
MA in English: Rhetoric & Writing, St. Cloud State University, 2014.
MS in Mass Communication: Advertising & Public Relations, St. Cloud State University, 2014.
BS in Mass Communication: Advertising, Minors in Communication Studies and Psychology, St. Cloud State University, 2011.