Since elementary school, I have loved reading and writing, both fiction and nonfiction. I’ve been teaching English composition and literature since 1997. In 2006, I started teaching at the post-secondary level. Each year, I challenge myself to try a new project or initiative with the hope that I will continue to grow as both a professional and a person.
Over the past few years, I have tried to move beyond the walls of my classroom to expand my understanding of the profession of teaching academic writing. In 2016, I presented at two writing conferences, as a member of a three-person panel. These presentations highlighted the innovative programs being developed here at the University of New England. I have learned a great deal from my fellow presenters, Director of Composition Michael Cripps and Developmental Writing Supervisor Eric Drown. I have enjoyed working both as an adjunct English professor in the English Department and as a professional writing tutor at the Student Academic Success Center. I have been involved in new course development and implementation (such as ENG 122) as well as in piloting new initiatives, such as the Writing Fellows program. In 2017, I became the Digispace Coordinator as well. This new role allows me to get more practice with using digital skills as well as working with students and faculty to help them with digital projects.
Over the past few years at the University of New England, I have been developing my instruction to better guide student writers in peer review. I’ve also built my English Composition curriculum around the digital change that affects all of us, whether we have realized it or not. Some topics that I find especially interesting are big data and the effects of the digital experience on people as readers, writers, and thinkers. Wherever we are on the scale (from novices who are just learning to read to adult learners and consumers of information), we should always be examining the influences of digital media on our thinking process and our behaviors.