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  • Writing for Social Change (ENG 394) In this special topics course students evaluate and analyze the ways that writing can work for social change and justice. Through the course of the semester students will also partner with local organizations to produce writing that will serve both the local partner and the community.
  • Advanced Composition (ENG 211) Students in this course created press releases, brochures, articles, and grant applications as they partnered with community agencies like, the Gannon Goodwill Garden, Erie Yesterday, and the PA Soliders and Sailors Home.
  • Critical Analysis and Composition (LENG 112) Students in this course develop skills in reading, research, information literacy, and writing through research projects on a variety of subjects. See the class Tumblr --
  • College Composition (LENG 111) Students in this course learned to compose in a variety of genres including: professional correspondence, literacy narrative, review essay, proposal, and presentation.
  • Ph.D. English—Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies   University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL     2015     Dissertation title -- The Measure of Her Life: Identity, Authority, and Womanhood in Alabama Women's Cookbooks, 1850-1930
  • M.S.Ed. Secondary Education—English Language Arts   Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL     2010
  • B.A. Communication and English (cum laude)      Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL     1997



  • Director of First-Year Composition and Assistant Professor, Gannon University     August 2015 -- PRESENT
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Alabama       2010-2015
  • Grant Editor, Writing Center and Office of Special Projects, University of Alabama     2012-2014
  • Graduate Student Administrator, First-year Writing Program, University of Alabama      2012-2014
  • Online Tutor, Writing Center, University of Alabama        2010
  • Graduate Assistant, Jacksonville State University        2009-2010
  • Substitute Teacher, St. Clair County Schools, Ashville, Alabama      2008-2009
  • Freelance Writer/Editor          2001-2008

“Expanding Borders and Forging New Paths:  Perspectives on Writing Research.”
[with Amy Dayton]  College English 76.1 (2013): 84-89.

“Digital Literacy in Rural Women’s Lives.” [with Allen Harrell and Amy Dayton]
Community Literacy Journal 9.2 (2015): 26-47

Dissertation:  “The Measure of Her Life: Identity, Authority, and Womanhood in Alabama Women’s Cookbooks, 1850-1930”

The dissertation examines unpublished manuscript, community, and commercially published cookbooks written by Alabama women from 1850-1930, arguing that women have employed these texts as rhetorical vehicles to establish individual and communal identity, claim authority of a written genre, and respond to dominant notions of womanhood. While focused on a particular place and time, this historiography uses archival research to expand the scope of feminist rhetorical scholarship and speaks to the value of studying everyday, extracurricular writing.

Director: Amy Dayton
Committee: Michelle Robinson, Yolanda Manora, Andy Crank, Jennifer Purvis


Selected Presentations

"Critical and Respectful: the Balancing Act of Historical Research," Conference on College Composition and Communication, April 7, 2016, Houston, TX

“Measured Bites at Her Just Desserts:  Reading Notions of Womanhood in Women’s Cookbooks,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 19, 2015,Tampa Bay, FL

“Digital Literacy in Rural Lives: Examining the Intersections of Place, Access, and Literate Practice in the Lives of Six Rural Women,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 20, 2014, Indianapolis, IN

“Writing the Measure of Her Life: The Manuscript Cookbook of Martha Jane Coleman Banks,” Alabama College English Teachers Association, February 22, 2014, Gadsden, AL

“Exceeding ‘Life’ vs. ‘Choice’ – the Expansive Reach of Reproductive Justice” Feminisms and Rhetorics 2013, September 26, 2013, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

“Go Local: Using Digital Archives as Alternative Textbooks in First Year Writing,”Association of College and Research Librarians Convention, April, 16, 2013, Indianapolis, IN, Poster Presentation

“’Public-izing’ Student Writing: Revision via Multimodal Platforms.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 14, 2013, Las Vegas, NV

  • Celebrate Gannon, Judge 2016
  • Full tuition scholarship competition, Judge 2016
  • Nash Library Redesign Project, Committee Member     2015-2017
  • Gannon University CHESS Humanities Conference, Faculty Advisor     2015-2016
  • Writing Fellow, Jacksonville State University Writing Project, affiliate site of the National Writing Project     2015 & 2010
  • Contributing Editor, Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing 4th edition     2013
  • Member, Bedford/St. Martin TA Advisory Board     2012- 2013
  • Editorial Assistant, The Chambered Nautilus, UA English Department     2010