Research and Publishing

Current Research

Archive of Workplace Writing Experiences

Research Partner: Brian Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor, George Mason University

This project is an online audio archive of interviews from working professionals across industries. Grounded in transfer research from writing studies as well as business, the project asks interviewees to discuss how and what they write in their specific workplaces, how they translated college writing skills into that field, what “successful” writing looks like where they are, and what students across disciplines need to develop in their writing as they look towards the future. Interviews also explore new ways of considering central transfer concepts like genre and metacognition. The archive, which will be available to students, professors, and the public, serves as a learning tool and as an ongoing repository, but perhaps most importantly it is as a crucial link between the university and the “working world,” as students hear the voices of those creating real workplace writing, and are then better able to develop their own writing. We are currently in the early stages, preparing for our first round of interviews and building the infrastructure for the online archive, including submitting grant applications.

Past Publications

Below is a small sample of past pedagogy-related publications. For a more detailed publication list, please see my curriculum vitae.

That Snow Simply Didn’t Fall: How (and Why) to Frame the Personal Essay as a Critical Inquiry into Memory in the First-Year Writing Classroom"

Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, 1.2 (Spring 2015)

“Free Software and Five Minutes: Limitless Possibilities for Improving Student Writing"

The Writing Campus (January 2015)

Diplomacy, Tone, and Emphasis in Business Writing

Writing Commons, a “free, global, peer-reviewed, open-education resource for college-level writers, college faculty, and the everyday writer” (2013)

Deleting a History: From Resume to CV

The Chronicle of Higher Education (December 2011)