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Writing Program




Ph.D.  University of Virginia, 2001

M.A. University of Virginia, 1997

B.A. Duke University, 1995


Other Specialties

20th C American, 20th C British, Modernism, Community Engagement Learning



“Revising Revision: Teaching Students to Revise Essays Effectively December/ January  2010 Kaplan University WAC Newsletter.



  • “Writing for Real: Using Authentic Writing Tasks to Break Free of the Five-Paragraph Theme.” Richmond Area Schools Professional Development Series. August 2017.
  • “Rethinking Ambition: Using Writing to Empower Students as Learners” 38th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Teaching Writing Where We Are and for Where We Hope Our Students Will Go. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2017.


Scholarship and Conference Presentations

  • “Creative Writing in General Writing Classes:  Despite Common Core and Emphasis on STEM Education, Students Want and Need Imaginative Writing”, Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, September 2016
  • “Advice from the Writing Center, University of Virginia Pedagogy Symposium, May 2016
  • “What Our Speech Still Disrupts” (moderator/organizer/presenter) at AWP’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 2016
  • “Deepening Inquiry in ENWR”, University of Virginia Writing Program, March 25, 2016






  • “Developmental Networks for Novice College Writing Instructors.” (with C. Paine and J. Seitz) In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). 7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring & Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. 2014.  
  • “Commonsense and Theory in the Teaching of Composition Teachers.” College Composition and Communication. (December 2008).


Recent Lectures & Publications

  • “In Another Dress: Teaching, Aging, and Productive Pedagogical Tension.” Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies, forthcoming 2018.
  • "Inventing the Writing Program: How to Name What We Do When, However Old, It's New." Association of Departments of English Bulletin, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Alternative Writing Assignments.” Washington and Lee University.  Lexington VA: August 26, 2016.
  • “Unconventional Writing Instruction.” Millsaps College.  Jackson, MS: October 27, 2016.



Review of The Driftless Zone by Richard Harsch, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, (Fall 1997): 240-41.



Trying a Little Less Tenderness: The Limits of Sentimental Maternalism in The Wide, Wide World and The Lamplighter." Studies in American Fiction 30 (Autumn, 2002): 131-52.

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