Collegiate Affiliation

I joined the Department of Rhetoric in 1998 with a specialization in writing and technical communication pedagogy. In 2007, I moved into the Department of Writing Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. I am passionate about undergraduate education and enjoy serving as director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Writing Studies.

My interests include writing theory and pedagogy, writing consultation, usability studies, digital writing, and online writing instruction. Recent projects include usability service learning projects with usability services, articles and book chapters about online writing, creation of video tutorials about writing, and textual analysis of student research writing. I am currently involved in an ELearning grant project at the University of Minnesota involving student ePortfolios and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: English: Specialization in Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Iowa State University
  • MA: English: Specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, Iowa State University
  • BA: English, Luther College


  • Technology and pedagogy
  • Writing theory and pedagogy
  • Usability evaluation