What am I up to?

How is writing changing in the 21st century, now that we can update, edit, and revise writing quickly and at rapid scales? What strategies do online writers use to adjust their writing when they can textually interact with their audiences?  What implications does this have for our teaching? As an assistant professor of English at UIUC, these are foundational questions of my research.

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Research Interests

  • Interactive media
  • Participatory audiences and cultures
  • Interface and design theory
  • Digital rhetoric, including social media templates
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • Multimodal composing (audio, visual, and video practices)
  • Constructions of gender, especially in relation to digital rhetoric
  • Web-scraping, data structuring, and web development
  • Oral practices as they are constituted in written mediums

Spring 2017 Research Highlights

  • Challenging the Monetized Template (April 2017) in enculturation
  • Presented at CCCC (“The Virtues of Persistence and Patience in Teaching Writing”)
  • Presenting at Computers and Writing (“The Role of Chronos in Digital Rhetoric and Pedagogy”) in June

Fall 2016 Research Highlights

  • Invited Talk on September 28 (Critical Digital Humanities Workshop). Slides available here.
  • Presented at Cultural Rhetorics (“A Culture of Textual Management: The Writing Processes of Highly Ranked Amazon Reviewers”)
  • Presented at Watson Conference (“Branding in Higher Education”)

Recent Teaching Highlights

  • Received “Teacher Ranked as Excellent” by my students (Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015). For more, see my student evaluations.
  • Working with graduate students in statistics on visualizing online comments.
  • Exploring a new unit in my business and technical writing class about the world of SEO (search engine optimization) reports

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign