I am a researcher, teacher and practitioner of digital media and usability. My scholarship in technical communication and the related areas of computers and writing and rhetoric and composition brings together my professional interests: usability and how people use new technologies and media; writing and rhetorical issues within digital media and how writing and rhetoric are evolving; the importance of research and what the body of research looks like; and how all these areas can impact our teaching, our students, our programs, our scholarship, and our practice. My work incorporates feminist lenses and methodologies, empirical research, various media and technology, and user-centered design, often overlapping these areas to examine technology and writing from different perspectives.
I am an assistant Professor at Georgia State University and I teach technical communication classes in the rhet/comp division. Classes I have taught include Electronic Writing and Publishing (undergraduate), English 8121: Electronic Writing and Publishing (graduate), Business Writing (undergraduate), Writing for Academic Publication (graduate), and User-Centered Design (graduate).
In 2001 I won the Kairos/Lore Computers and Writing Teaching Award for TAs and Adjuncts.
I received a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in Technical Communication and Rhetoric in 2004. In my dissertation, Exploring User/Webtext Interactions: A Feminist Examination of Gender and Sex Differences in Web Use, I examined sex and gender differences in how people use web sites, including browsing, searching, and navigating methods. I also received a MS in Technical Communication and a BS in Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
I am on the editorial board of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and Programmatic Perspectives. I am also the Co-Chair of the CCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication Task Force. To find out more about me see my CV and dossier.