|Title:||Writing Program Director, Assistant Writing Professor|
B.A. University of Texas; M.A. University of Texas; Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Rhetoric and Composition; Contemporary American Poetry, Assessment, Placement, Writing Program Administration
"Letter to Chiapas, II," Rhino, Spring 2007.
"Questions for Travelers," Ascent, Fall, 2006.
"Lingua," Agni, Spring 2005.
"The End of Love," Poet Lore: Volume 100, Number 12, Spring, 2005
"In Mexico, The Possibility of Rescue," Greensboro Review, Number 76, Fall, 2004.
Recent Awards or Grants:
2007 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award of $7000.00 in Poetry
Students in my writing courses receive instruction in creative and critical thinking. They learn to use writing for both discovery and communication. Reflective writing exercises help them to grasp or construct concepts while more formal assignments communicate the knowledge they have come to possess. Students learn that good writing usually results from extensive revision, often with input from peer-reviewers. They learn the value of collaboration. Students learn the conventions of academic writing by examining written and visual texts and writing about the values and beliefs those texts reflect.
Director of Writing Programs