- PhD, University of Texas, 1997
Areas of Specialization
- Composition and Rhetoric
- Histories of rhetoric and writing instruction
- Writing program administration
- Service learning/community literacies
- Rhetoric and ethics
- Qualitative research
Current Research Projects
I'm currently collaborating with university's Office of Institutional Assessment on a large-scale quantitative study examining how first-year composition students' writing changes during the time they take English 101 and 102 at USC. I'm also hard at work on a new edition of Beyond Words: Reading and Writing in a Visual Age with colleagues John Ruszkiewicz (University of Texas at Austin) and Daniel Anderson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Also under contract and in progress are a co-authored book introducing non-specialists to the history of composition and rhetoric and new editions of two first-year composition handbooks.
- SF Compact Handbook, 2nd ed. Co-authored with John Ruszkiewicz and Maxine Hairston. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008.
- The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, 8th ed. Co-authored with John Ruszkiewicz and Maxine Hairston. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007.
- SF Express Handbook, 2nd ed. Co-authored with John Ruszkiewicz and Maxine Hairston. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006.
- Beyond Words: Reading and Writing in a Visual Age. Co-authored with John J. Ruszkiewicz and Daniel Anderson. New York: Longman, 2006.
- "Merging Academics and Operations in a Statewide University Consortium." Co-authored with Patricia Jerman, Corinna McLeod, Summer Smith Taylor and Bruce C. Coull. Inside and Out: Universities and Education for Sustainable Development. Eds. R. Forrant and L.Silka. Amityville, NY: Baywood P, 2006. 135-148.
- "It's a Two-Way Street: White Faculty Members Mentoring African American Graduate Students in Composition and Rhetoric." Co-authored with Terry Carter, Rose Metts, and Nancy Thompson. Culture Shock and the Practice of Profession: Training Future Faculty in Composition and Rhetoric. Eds. Virginia S. Anderson and Susan Romano. Cresskill, NH: Hampton P, 2005. 239-263.
- "Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us: The Feminization of Teaching in Everyday Talk." Teaching Vision: Language and Image in the Reading-Writing Classroom. Eds. Linda Calendrillo et al. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2002. 175-87.