About Me

sara-crystal-portrait-22

I am currently at the University of Arkansas, graduating with my PhD in May. In Fall 2018, I’ll be joining the faculty at San Jose State University as Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Writing.

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. I have taught sections of first year composition and technical and professional writing, and I have also designed and taught courses about online writing, social media writing, and multimodal composition.

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, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the NHL, board games, and my cat.