I’m an associate professor of English (specialty–Composition and Rhetoric) & Writing Center Coordinator at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. I’m interested in the ways in which creative writing and composition pedagogy intersect, especially in creative nonfiction (whatever that is). My research interests also include essay studies, genre theory, computers and composition, qualitative research, feminist and critical pedagogies, composition history, invention studies, writing across the curriculum, and writing center theory. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a generalist when it comes to writing studies.
I occasionally think of myself as an essayist, though that is really a constant process of becoming. I like dogs. Especially dachshunds, though I’m also a fan of shitzus, German shepherds, and newfoundlands. I got married and moved to Oklahoma about seven years ago, because I thought I might enjoy actually living with my husband instead of talking to him on the phone 10 times a day. Two years ago, our son was born, and we embark on new adventures every day with him. So it goes.
Between 2008 and 2010, this blog was devoted to my attempts at reflecting on the process of writing my dissertation, “Excavating the Essay: A Generic Approach to Understanding Invention in the Composition Classroom.” As of June 22, 2010, though, I successfully defended my dissertation, which means this blog has taken a new, still developing direction. I can’t wait to find out where we end up.
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