My primary areas of interest include rhetorical theory and criticism, composition pedagogy, community-based writing, and writing program administration. Much of my research focuses on the rhetorical activity of truth and reconciliation commissions, and I am particularly interested in the ways that TRCs draw on the rhetorical resources of the field of transitional justice as they do their work. At Wheaton College, I serve as the Coordinator of First-Year Writing. I love teaching and talking with others about teaching, and I take great delight in helping my students write more effectively. I also enjoy traveling with my family and reading books with my two boys.
ENGW 103 First-Year Writing (4 credits)
ENGW 104 First-Year Writing (2 credits)
ENGW 214 Rhetorical Writing
ENGW 333 Writing for Social Change
ENGW 444 Special Topics in Writing: Writing about Place
ENGW 471 Composition Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy
ENGL 225 Topical Seminar: Persuasion
ENGL 431 Christianity and Fantasy
CORE 101 First-Year Seminar: “What is Justice?” (fall 2016)
B.R.I.D.G.E. Introduction to Academic Writing
“An Advent Witness: C.S. Lewis and the Rhetoric of Goodwill.” Religion and the
Arts (forthcoming spring/summer 2017)
“‘Inescapable Networks of Mutuality’: The Development of Transitional Justice in
the United States.” Transitional Justice. Ed. Christine Bell. London: Routledge. Print. 127-148. (reprint, forthcoming September 2016)
Remaking Transitional Justice in the United States: The Rhetorical
Authorization of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
New York: Springer, 2013. Print.
Review of Managing Vulnerability: South Africa’s Struggle for a Democratic
Rhetoric, by Richard C. Marback. Rhetoric Review 32.4 (2013): 490-493.
“Making More of the Middle Ground: Desmond Tutu and the Ethos of the South
African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal of Rhetorical Studies 3.1 (Spring 2012): 1-22. Web.
“‘An Apologist and a Rhetor’: C.S. Lewis and the Ethos of Ecumenism.” Rhetoric Society of America, 26-29 May 2016, Atlanta, GA.
“Defining Transitions: Building WPA Agency in Changing Times.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 6-10 April 2016, Houston, TX.
“‘The Pilgrims’ Way’: A Call for Occasional Scholarship in English Studies.” Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2-3 October 2015. Belton, TX.
“Writing for Residents and Resident Aliens: Christian Formation, Hospitality, and the Teaching of Writing.” Faith and Teaching: Virtue, Practice, and Imagination, Kuyers Conference, 1-2 October 2015. Grand Rapids, MI.
“WPAs across the Disciplines: Creating Sustainable Writing Programs through
Interdisciplinary Work.” Council of Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference, 12-19 July 2015. Boise, ID.
“The Hospitality of Composition: Creating Habitable Sites for Writing on Campus.” College English Association, 26-28 March 2015, Indianapolis, IN. (with Geoffrey Hagberg)
“Records and Responsivity: Engaging a College’s Communities of Practice through its Archives.” Thomas R. Watson Conference, 16-18 October 2014, Louisville, KY.
“‘I’ve Translated You From the Dead’: The Rhetoric of Translation in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull.” Midwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, 20-21 March 2014, Wheaton, IL.
“From Transitory to Transformational: Writing Center Praxis as Travel.” International Writing Center Collaborative at CCCC, 19 March 2014, Indianapolis, IN.
“Counterbalancing Contempt with Care: Identity and Identification in Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull.” Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, 16-18 May 2013, Azusa, CA.
“Igniting Innovation: Teaching Literacy in the Art of Making New.” National Council of Teachers of English, 15-18 November 2012, Las Vegas, NV.
“We Joined a World”: Identifying with the Rhetorical Tradition of Truth Commissions to Reframe the Past in Greensboro.” Rhetoric Society of America, 25-28 May 2012, Philadelphia, PA.
“Two Roads Diverged: Employing E-Portfolios to Promote Disciplinary and
Transdisciplinary Learning.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 21-24 March 2012, St. Louis, MO.
“Embracing Two Types of E-Portfolios in the First-Year Composition Classroom to Facilitate the Transfer of Learning.” National Council of Teachers of English, 17-20 November 2011, Chicago, IL.
“Times They Are A-Changin’: Engaging the Citizen Scholar.” National Collegiate Honors Conference, 19-23 October 2011, Phoenix, AZ.
“Teaching Mysteries: Embracing ‘Metaphysical Wonderment’ in the Liberal Learning Classroom.” The Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, 22-24 September 2011, Fort Wayne, IN.
“Making More of the Middle: The Rhetoric of Desmond Tutu and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” Rhetoric Society of America, 28-31 May 2010, Minneapolis, MN.
“Remixing Nov. 3rd, 1979: Civil Rights & the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation
Commission.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, 17-20 March 2010, Louisville, KY.