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A complete list of works-referenced from my 3 September VII SIGET talk “Genre Research in North-American Contexts: Premises, Contexts, Interventions (& Translingualisme?)” is available here:  Works Cited – Genre Research in North American Contexts – V

Assistant Professor of English
5752 Neville Hall, Room 301
Orono, Maine 04469-5752 U.S.A.
Office Telephone: (207) 581-3825

Office Hours
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm; Wednesday, 11:00am-12:00pm; and by appointment.

Courses Taught:

ENG 101 College Composition

ENG 212 Persuasive and Analytical Writing

ENG 301 Advanced Composition

ENG 317 Business and Technical Writing

ENG 402 Topics in Writing Research – Writing as Design

ENG 579 The Theory of Composition

ENG 693 Teaching College Composition


Ph.D., Composition & Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2007

Dissertation: “On Possibilities of Reading and Writing:  Genre Uptake, Discursive Resources, and the Composition of Institutional Texts”

M.A. (Research), English Literature, Saint Louis University, 1999

B.A., English Literature, Rhodes College, Memphis TN, 1994


“Scaling Writing Ability: A Corpus-Driven Inquiry.” Written Communication, 30.1 (January 2013): 3-35.

“At a Mirror, Darkly: The Imagined Undergraduate Writers of Ten Novice Composition Instructors” College Composition and Communication. 63:3 (February 2012): 420-52.

“Composing Citizens: Epistemic Work in the Interstices of Comprehensive-Planning Genres” Community Literacy Journal. 5.1 (Fall 2010): 25-56.

Review, Kelly Ritter. Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009.  Composition Forum 22, Summer 2010.

“The Persistence of Institutional Memory: Genre Uptake and Program Reform.” WPA: Writing Program Administration 31.3 (Spring 2008): 32-51. 

Review, Elenore Long. Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Local Publics. Writing & Pedagogy 1.1 (2009): 149-52.

“Taking Up Space: Genre Systems as Geographies of the Possible” JAC: rhetoric, writing, culture, politics. 28.3/4 (2008): 503-34.

“An ‘Unconventional’ Textbook: Re-Working Pedagogy in the Self-Reflective Classroom.” Instructor’s Manual to Accompany Writing Conventions. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2008: 126-45.

Co-editor (with Richard Haswell), CWPA-CompPile Research Bibliographies

Recent National and International Conference Presentations:

Featured Speaker, “Corpus Analysis and the ‘Expert Reader': Hesitating on the Cusp of a New Methodology” Economies of Writing. 9th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, October 2012.

“Central Problems in Uptake Studies: A Critique and Two Proposals.” Genre2012: An International Conference on Genre Studies; Carleton University, Ottawa, CA.

“The Genre-System and its Agent: Taking Up Cooper’s Invitation to Rethink Agency as Embodied Process” Conference on College Composition and Communication, St Louis, MO, April 2012.

“Failing to Account for Agency: Redesigning our Assessments to Account for Resistant Writers” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, GA, April 2011.

“Measuring quality, tracking curricular changes: Methods and results of a large, four-year assessment undergraduate business student writing” (with Scott Warnock, Frank Linnehan, and Chris Finnin) Writing Research across Borders February, 2011.

“The Social Systems of Writing Assessment: Interpreting Raters’ Scores as Articulations of Activity Systems” (with Irvin Peckham and Norbert Elliot, respondent) Council of Writing Program Administrators, Philadelphia, PA, July 2010

“GxB (Genres across Borders):Developing an International Online Academic Resource for Genre Researchers”(with Carolyn Miller, Chris Minnix, and Matt Morain) Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY, March 2010.

“Taking Up Teaching: Genre-Affiliations and the Work of TA Training.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, March 2009.

“On Going Big (and How): A Dialectic of Assessment Plans and Institutional Realities” (in collaboration with Dr. Scott Warnock of Drexel University) Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Denver, CO, July 2008.

“Composing Citizens: Comprehensive City Planning and the Uptake of Participatory Genres” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.

“When ‘That’s the Way It Is,’ Isn’t Enough: A Rhetorical Strategy for Keeping Space Visible” Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, NY, March 2007.

“Situated Bodies in Institutional Narratives:  On Space as a Discursive Resource” Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, KY, October 2006.

“A Basic Writing Alternative as Institutional Critique” Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Chattanooga, TN, July 2006

University Workshop Presentations:

Invited Speaker, “Being a Teaching Assistant” (in collaboration with Dr. Jeffery St. John); Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, University of Maine, August 27th, 2008.

Guest Lecture, “Designing Visual Arguments” Engineering 101, Drexel University, November 7th, 2007.

Invited Speaker, “On Getting What You Ask For: Assignment Design and Curricular Interventions” University Writing Program Faculty Forum Series, Drexel University, October 17th, 2007.

Invited Speaker, “Designing Writing Assignments to Enhance Critical Thinking” Center for Instructional and Professional Development, Freshman Seminar Retreat, UWM July 2005.

Invited Speaker, “New Instructor Orientation” Center for Instructional and Professional Development, Summer GTA Orientation, August 2004, 2005.

Invited Speaker, Workshop for Online Teachers, Fall 2004.


I’m a member of CCCC, CWPA, MEA, and serve on the Steering Committee for the CWPA’s Network for Media Action.

Research Interests:

My research interests include genre theory–particularly genre uptake–writing pedagogy and program administration, corpus-analysis, institutional document-cycling practices, and the rhetorical construction of land-use management practices.

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