Collegiate Affiliation

I joined the Department of Writing Studies in fall 2013. Before that I worked in graduate programs with pre- and in-service English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers at The Pennsylvania State University, George Mason University, and the University of Minnesota.

During my years in Writing Studies, I taught multilingual writers in First Year Writing (WRIT 1301) and Technical and Professional Writing (WRIT 3562W), international graduate students in Graduate Research Presentations and Conference Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English (WRIT 5052)), and Writing Studies undergraduate majors in Technical Editing (WRIT 3441).

From 2013-2016 I served as the Faculty Director for the Writing for International Students (WINS) initiative funded through the Vice-Provost's Office of Undergraduate Education, which is dedicated to enhancing first-year and advanced writing support for international undergraduate students across the University.

After 22 years at the University of Minnesota, I retired at the end of Spring Semester 2022.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Applied Linguistics, UCLA, 1991 - none


  • Applied linguistics research methodology
  • Spoken discourse and interaction
  • Language assessment
  • English grammar in use
  • Multilingual writing
  • Language play in political blogs
  • Technical editing