I am an Associate Professor of Writing in the Department of Writing at Loyola University Maryland. I teach courses in first-year writing (WR100), rhetoric (WR220), web writing (WR305), and professional and technical writing (WR325, WR326, GB767). I am also the Department of Writing Internship Coordinator and teach the Writing Internship courses (WR402, WR403).

Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement

Cover for Partners in Literacy

My new co-authored book Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement is now available on the Rowman and Littlefield website or through Amazon.

Jaclyn M. Wells and I wrote Partners in Literacy to tell the story of a three-year community-based research project that joined the Purdue Writing Lab and its OWL with two adult education organizations in Lafayette, Indiana.  Read more about Partners in Literacy

Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education

Commitment to Justice

Paola Pascual-Ferrá and I recently co-edited Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, 3rd edition, which is now available through Apprentice House. The book features talks by Jesuit superiors and essay responses to the prompt “How do you live justice at Loyola?” from members of Loyola’s community. Here is the companion website for the book.


  • PhD in English: Specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, and Public Rhetorics, Purdue University, 2010
  • MA in English: Specializing in Composition and Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2003
  • BA in English: Specializing in Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2000
  • AS in General Studies, Northern Virginia Community College, 1996

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I use a mixture of rhetorical theories, technology, empirical research, and civic engagement to teach writing. In my classes, you will learn how rhetoric and writing intersect with the Internet and social networking technologies, as well as traditional communication, such as print media. For more information on the courses I teach, please go to the Students page. Read more about my teaching


My research focuses on developing sustained, mutually-beneficial college-community partnerships. To foster this collaboration, I use empirical methods (qualitative and quantitative) to work with community members in developing, assessing, and revising civic engagement projects. Read more about my research


My service focuses on bringing about positive change in our communities, both on and off campus. I follow Ernest L. Boyer’s “engaged scholarship” approach that combines teaching, research, and civic engagement so that these areas inform and improve one another. Read more about my service

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