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Helping JWU students gain confidence in their writing, speaking, and reading has been both rewarding and educational.”

Bio

After graduating with a BA in English from Connecticut College, I taught English in Japan for three years.  When I returned to the U.S., I obtained a master's degree in Education (specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language) from Rhode Island College, taught English in Tokyo for one more year, and then returned to Rhode Island to teach English at Johnson & Wales University.

In 2017, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a PhD in English.  Having specialized in Rhetoric & Composition, I studied the histories, theories, and practical applications of writing and rhetoric, ultimately focusing my dissertation research on multiculturalism and comparative rhetoric.  I am particularly interested in conducting research related to open-mindedness, experiential education, rhetorical reading, and high vs. low context communication styles.

In September 2016, I transferred from the ESL Department to the English Department at JWU, where I teach courses focusing on composition, communication, and rhetorical theory.  Helping JWU students gain confidence in their writing, speaking, and reading has been both rewarding and educational, and I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to their postsecondary academic and personal growth.

Sample Courses

  • ENG 1020: English Composition
  • ENG 1021: Advanced Composition and Communication
  • ENG 1030: Communication Skills

Presentations

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2017:  Cultivating Engagement Through Open-Mindedness, Hospitality, and Intercultural Dialogue in Basic Writing Classrooms
  • CCCC 2016:  "But I Don't Have Time to Teach Reading": Using Multimodal Approaches to Teach Rhetorical Reading in the Composition Classroom
  • Massachusetts Association of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL) 2016:  Not Only in Words:  Multimodality and Prezi in Postsecondary ESL
  • CCCC 2015:  "I Never Did This in My Country":  Easing Postsecondary ESL Writers Out of Their Comfort Zones by Introducing Them to Rhetorical Reading and Prezi