Curriculum Vitae

Education

2017 – M.A., English, Rhetoric and Composition concentration, Ohio University

2013

  • B.A., summa cum laude, English, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University
       – minors in philosophy and psychology
  •  2010 Study Abroad, Università degli Studi di Milano
        – Studied modal logic under Professor Paolo Valore

2014

  • 2 classes taken at University of Dayton – Models of Teaching; Philosophy of Education
  • class taken at Wright State University – Cultural and Communicative Competence for Educators

Graduate Thesis

“To Build Maps of Writing and Critical Consciousness: Transfer in Writing Studies & Critical Pedagogies”

Committee Chair: Professor Ryan P. Shepherd

Committee Members: Professor Mara Holt & Professor Gabriel Hartley

Composition instructors have investigated how students transfer writing knowledge into contexts beyond composition classrooms in higher education (e.g. Reiff, & Bawarshi, 2011; Wardle, 2012; Yancey, Robertson, & Taczak, 2014). These scholars have used studies of transfer in education (e.g. Beach, 1999; Donovan, Bransford, and Pellegrino, 2000) in order to see how composition instructors might teach for the transfer of learning.

In this thesis I show how critical pedagogues (Freire, 1978, 1997; Shor, 1987a, 1996; Keating, 2007, 2013) have also been thinking about how to foster students’ use of knowledge in new contexts.

In this project I develop a framework from the work on transfer from Donovan, Bransford, and Pellegrino (2000). Then, I use this framework to analyze the pedagogies of Freire (1978, 1997), Shor (1987a, 1996), and Keating (2007, 2013), in an attempt to put these pedagogical ideas in conversation with each other, hoping to inspire more interdisciplinary research.

Undergraduate Thesis

Male Narrative Identity in Young Adult Literature: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Narrative Psychology and Literary Analysis

Advisor: Professor Joseph Bianco

This thesis investigates how narrative psychology can inform the work done by scholars of literature. It applies a “life-story” framework from Dan P. McAdams’s work on narrative development to the character development in S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

Teaching

Fall 2015-Spring 2017, Instructor, Ohio University
English 1510: Writing & Rhetoric (1 section Fall 2015, 1 section Spring 2016, 2 sections Fall 2016, 1 section Spring 2017)

2016-2017, Tutor, English Language Improvement Program, Ohio University

2013, Teacher, Detroit Community High School
Ninth-grade Algebra (4 Classes)
Remedial Math (1 Class)

June-August 2012, Teacher, Breakthrough Collaborative
Ninth-grade English (2 Classes)
Slam Poetry (1 Class)

September 2011-May 2012, September 2009-May 2010, Volunteer, Writing Workshop at Athens Middle School

Invited Talks

Badge System of Grading, “Grading System,” English Department TA Orientation, Ohio University, August 2016
-invited by Dr. Mara Holt

Panel on the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Students for Education Reform Ohio University, March 2016
     -with Dr. Akhil Houston and Benjamin Grice

#Socialmedia,” Students for Education Reform National Summit, Harvard University, September 2012

Smith Brain Connections Invited Talks

“Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,” Medical Student Career Exploration, Ohio State University, January 2017

Refereed Publications

Digital Badges in the First-Year Composition Classroom,” Kairos PraxisWiki, Issue 22.1, 28 July 2017

Conference Presentations

Presenter, “Writing Scouts: Using Digital Badges as a Way to Assess Work and Encourage Transfer in First-Year Composition.” Digital Praxis Poster session, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017

Work-in-Progress Presenter, “Studying Writing Scouts: A Qualitative Study to Understand the Effects of the Use of Digital Badges as a Way to Assess Work and Encourage Transfer in First-Year Composition.” Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017

Chair, “Activist Rhetorics in 140 Characters,” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, March 2017

Moderator, “Incorporating UDL into Online Instruction” Panel, Perfecting Pedagogical Practices, Ohio University, February 2017

Presenter, “Remixing Composition: How New Media Can (Re)mix Identity and Composition,” Graduate Research Network, Computers and Writing Conference, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, May 2016

Presenter, “Creating a Teaching Persona with Merlin,” Perfecting Pedagogical Practices, Ohio University, February 2016

Presenter, “Narrative Identity in Young Adult Literature,” poster at Student Research & Activity Expo, Ohio University, April 2013

Presenter, “Physical Prisons and Inner Pilgrimages in Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy,” Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University, April 2012

Publications

Review of “Crossing the Digital Divide: Engaged Scholarship, Writing, and Technology,” keynote address at the 2016 Computers and Writing Conference, Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

Review of “Tools for Writing Researchers by Writing Researchers,” panel at the 2016 Computers and Writing Conference, Digital Rhetoric Collaborative

Awards, Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

  • University Fellowship, the Ohio State University, 2017-2018
  • Travel Grant Award, Graduate Research Network, Computers & Writing, 2016
  • English Fellowship, Ohio University, 2015-2017
  • Undergraduate Thesis Award, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University 2012-2013
  • Leadership Award, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University 2013
  • Dean’s Scholarship, Ohio University 2012-2013
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant, 2012-2013
  • Professional Golfers Association Scholarship, 2011-2012
  • Gateway Scholarship, Ohio University, 2009-2013

Service

During Graduate Studies

  • Vice President of Communication, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, October 2016-April 2017
  • Member, 2017 Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference, Ohio University, October 2016-February 2017
  • Commissioner for Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, September 2016-October 2016
  • Graduate Student Member, Graduate Council, Ohio University, September 2016-April 2017
    • Member, Policies and Regulations Committee, September 2016-April 2017
  • English Department Representative, Graduate Student Senate, Ohio University, September 2015-May 2016
  • Graduate Student Member, University Library Committee, Ohio University, November 2015-May 2016
  • Mentor to first-year graduate students, English Department, Ohio University, August 2016-April 2017
  • Reader for New Ohio Review, January 2016-February 2017
  • Associate Editor of Parlour, March 2016-December 2016
  • Go-Green Move-In Team Member, Ohio University, August 2016
  • Leader, Honors Tutorial College First-Year Seminar Book-Club, September 2015, August 2016
  • Grader, First Year Exemption Exam, English Department, Ohio University, September 2016

While at Detroit Community High School & with Teach for America

  • Assistant Coach of the high school debate team, 2013
  • Member of the North Star Committee, 2013
  • Tasked with awarding a Teach for America teacher with a prize for model work

During Undergraduate Studies

  • State Captain, Students for Education Reform, Ohio, June 2012-June 2013
  • Founding Chapter Leader, Students for Education Reform, Ohio University, September 2011-June 2012
  • President, Honors Community Council, Ohio University, September 2010-June 2012
  • Big Brother, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Athens County, September 2011-June 2012
  • Student Staff Member, Honors Tutorial College Pre-College for Incoming Freshmen, June 2010, June 2011

Research Experience

Intern, Leadership for Educational Equity, October 2012-December 2012

Participant, Ohio Student Education Policy Institute, January 2012-April 2012

Fellow, Rising Leaders Fellowship, February 2011-February 2012

Scholar, HTC/Voinovich School Scholar, Regional Nonprofit Alliance Ohio University, August 2011-May 2012

Apprentice, Dean Jeremy Webster, Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University, June 2011-August 2011

Student Assistant, Alden Library Archives at Ohio University, October 2009-June 2010

Administrative Experience

Co-Founder, Smith Brain Connections, March 2016-present

Member, Leadership Liaison Team for Teach For America at Ohio University, September 2011-June 2012

Executive Assistant Intern, KIPP Central Ohio, December 2011-March 2012

Professional Organizations

  • National Council of Teachers of English, December 2016-present
  • Midwest Modern Language Association, May 2016-present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted June 2012