Assistant Professor - Rhetoric and Composition

University of Montevallo




about me

I am a dedicated rhetorician with a passion for digital literacy. I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Montevallo. I teach courses specializing in digital rhetoric, multimodal composition, and introductory and advanced composition. I am currently working on a book project addressing the use of non-discursive rhetoric, particularly as it relates to film, in the composition classroom.

My training began in 2002 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I became fascinated with rhetorical theory and its application in a digital society. Since receiving my PhD from Washington State University in 2012, I have taught the art of rhetoric through the lens of digital technology and culture, technical and professional writing, multimedia authoring, as well as more traditional forms of composition.

My passion for understanding the shift from print literacy to cyber literacy continues to compel my research, writing, and teaching. I find it true that, in the words of Kenneth Burke, rhetoric "must lead us through the Scramble, the Wrangle of the Market Place, the flurries and flare-ups of the Human Barnyard, the Give and Take, the wavering line of pressure and counterpressure, the Logomachy, the onus of ownership, the War of Nerves, the War .... Rhetoric is concerned with the state of Babel after the Fall."

Recently featured as Editors' Choice in Digital Humanities Now

Inventing the Digital Humanities through Freirian Praxis:

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Film in the Advanced Composition Classroom: A Tapestry of Style. (Composition Forum, Fall 2015)

The Word-less Rhetoric of Leviathan: Observational Ethos in the Digital Age
(Relevant Rhetoric, Spring 2015)

Inventing the Digital Humanities through Freirian Praxis: Folding-Unfolding-Refolding
(Hybrid Pedagogy, Spring 2015)

Breaking with the Code: Listening Rhetorically to Video Games
(Atrium, Spring 2015)

The Rhetoric of Intentional Failures: A Palimpsest from Mainstream Success
(Albeit, Fall 2014)

The Electrate Blues
(Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, Fall 2012)


Recording the Signs: Epistemological Echoes
(Enculturation, Spring 2015)

Review of Rhetorics and Technologies: New Directions in Writing and Communication
(Kairos, Spring 2012)