Research and Academic 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 is 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. Resources on the site are available for use in college classrooms ranging from first-year writing to WID or WAC courses. To read more about the project and, specifically, using these resources, read this recent Double Helix article.

Writing Transfer During Career Change

This book-length project is a qualitative study that will examine writing transfer as professionals transition between careers.

Past Publications

Below is a small sample of scholarly and professional publications. For a more detailed publication list, please see my CV.

The Rhetoric of Online Exclusive Pumping Communities: Tactical Technical Communication as Eschewing Judgement.

Technical Communication Quarterly (2020)

Freelancers as a Growing Workplace Norm: Demonstrating Expertise Across Multiple Literacy Events in Unfamiliar Communities of Practice

with Brian Fitzpatrick, in Rewriting Work. WAC Clearinghouse/CSU Press TPC Foundations and Innovations book series (accepted, forthcoming).

Hidden Arguments: Rhetoric and Persuasion in Diverse Forms of Technical Communication

with Brian Fitzpatrick, in Effective Teaching of Technical Communication: Theory, Practice and Application. WAC Clearinghouse/CSU Press TPC Foundations and Innovations book series (accepted, forthcoming).

Good Questions for Better Essay Prompts (and Papers)

Faculty Focus (April 2020)

Authenticity and the Rhetoric of ‘Selling’ on Social Media: A Role-writing Assignment Set

Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments. Vol. 2(2) (2018)

What I Learned from My International Students: How Teaching English as a Foreign Language Made Me a Better Teacher of Everything

Chronicle of Higher Education (December 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)