I am a PhD candidate in English, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Originally from the mountains of East Tennessee, I moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2013, trading the Appalachians for the Ozarks. My research interests include social media pedagogies and methodologies, technical and professional communication, new media studies, community formation in online spaces, digital literacy and access, and rural literacies. My dissertation project focuses on how student-users navigate anonymous and ephemeral social media spaces, and how researchers can better study these tricky spaces.
I am currently in my sixth year of teaching at the college level, and I hope to continue doing so for the foreseeable future. I have taught sections of first year composition and technical composition, and I have also designed and taught courses about online writing, specifically social media writing. In Fall 2017, I’ll be teaching a multimodal version of Advanced Composition, which I co-designed with my advisor.
I love teaching, and I love researching, but I enjoy taking a break from those things as well. I enjoy yoga, running, and hiking. I spend quite a bit of time on the internet and on social media, not all of which I can say is research. I enjoy TV, Marvel Cinematic Universe, the NHL, board games, and my cat.