As a teacher and scholar of rhetoric and composition, I am interested in intersections of pedagogy, performance and media. My Writing Intensive English (WINE) courses are also research- and media-intensive, and I am collaborating with colleagues in Raynor Libraries to integrate digital video composing into the curriculum.
When I am not in the classroom, I am likely to be studying the classroom along a historical trajectory that spans from early Jesuit education through contemporary examples at Stanford University, Kenyon College, and Marquette. Of my current projects, the Research Exchange Index (REx) is not only national but also international in scope, and I am active in professional organizations including the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Rhetoric Society of America.
Were I to tag my academic work or make an abecedary to represent what is important to me, I would be sure to include these terms: access—books—citizenship and civic rhetorics—digital scholarship—embodied literacies—first-year English—graduate education—histories—inquiry—Jane Rhetor—knowledge transfer—longitudinal writing research—mentoring—new media—old media—popular education—qualitative and quantitative research methods—rhetoric as a teaching tradition—student-centric pedagogies—theater as a site of rhetorical education—undergraduate research—video composing—writing lives—x-ray metaphors for historiography—young scholars—zone of proximal development.
- Contemporary writing research, especially longitudinal studies of college writing
- Digital rhetorics and multimedia composition, including digital video composing
- Historical rhetoric and writing
- Knowledge transfer and the development of writing expertise
- Performance studies, including theater histories
- Co-founder and co-editor of REx: The Research Exchange Index.
- "Changing Research Practices and Access: The Research Exchange Index (REx)" with Joan Mullin in The WAC Journal (November 2012)
- "College Writing, Identification, and the Production of Intellectual Property: Voices from the Stanford Study of Writing" with Andrea A. Lunsford and Warren Liew in College English (May 2013)
- "EP 2.0 and the New Media Legacy of Jesuit Education" with Allen Brizee in Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education, No. 43 (2013).
- "Longitudinal Writing Research in (and for) the Twenty-First Century." Writing Studies Research in Practice: Methods and Methodologies. Ed. Lee Nickoson and Mary P. Sheridan. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 171-183. Print.
- Guest editor. "The Turn to Performance." Special issue of CCC Online 1.1 (January 2012). Web
- "Taking It on the Road: Transferring Knowledge about Rhetoric and Writing across Curricula and Campuses." Composition Studies 39.2 (Fall 2011): 121-14. Print.
- "Taking the High Road: Teaching for Transfer in an FYC Program." Composition Forum. 18 (Summer 2008). Web
- "Educating Jane." Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis. Eds. Lynée Lewis Gaillet and Michelle F. Eble. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2008. Print.
- "Performing Writing, Performing Literacy." College Composition and Communication 57.2 (December 2005): 224-252. <>
Honors and Awards
- Mellon Presidential Discretionary Grant (awarded through Kenyon College) for "Kenyon Writes"
- Richard A. Braddock Award for Outstanding Article on Writing or the Teaching of Writing in CCC for "Performing Writing, Performing Literacy"
- WPA Research Grant for "Does it Transfer: Tracing FYC Students' Rhetorical Practices across Multiple Mediums"