I have 15 years of higher education experience, having taught more than 1000 students (since 2007) how to be critical thinkers and effective writers/researchers/communicators.
I have a B.A. in International Relations, an M.A. in Professional Writing, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Discourse Studies.
My areas of teaching and research include cultural rhetoric, business and professional writing, popular culture, rhetorical criticism, and women’s studies. One of my primary areas of scholarship is global and non-Western rhetorics, and I am currently the Associate Chair of the Global/Non-Western Rhetorics Standing Group at NCTE-Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Two principles guide my approach to teaching: 1) fostering students’ professionalization; 2) helping students develop a critical and cross-cultural perspective to life and the world. My goal is to teach my students the tools/strategies to help them become effective participants in their professional life and public affairs.
Rhetoricis a mode of altering reality, not by the direct application of energy to objects, but by the creation of discourse which changes reality through the mediation of thought and action. ~Lloyd Bitzer