B.A. Marquette University, 1991 (English and Philosophy), M.F.A. University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, 2003 (Creative Writing: Poetry and Non-Fiction)
Teaching and Research Interests:
Rhetoric and Composition, Women in Literature: Contemporary Memoir, Creative Non-Fiction
In my composition courses, I focus on the recursive nature of the writing process modeled and practiced through critical reading and thinking, free-writes, small and large group discussion and analysis, the generation of ideas and critical questions, and critical writing and revision. At the end of a semester my students understand that writing and critical thinking and reading is a life-long process which continues to develop beyond my classroom and into the world beyond academia. As an instructor, when I am able to successfully facilitate a student's writing and reading experience, I know I have empowered a student. I have empowered a human being, who may empower others and maybe the world. Perhaps idealistic and romantic, but I believe it because it has worked and continues to work in my own life. Empowerment and access is key to teaching writing, and I find that extremely rewarding, professionally and personally.
"It Did Not Seem Odd". Becoming: What Makes a Woman. Ed. Jill McCabe Johnson. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Gender Programs. Lincoln, NE. 2012. Print. 4-5.
The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen, 2012: The Provost's Award recognizes faculty who build community with first-year students by teaching 100-level freshmen classes. Exemplary faculty foster cura personalis (care of the whole person) in new students by providing necessary support and challenging them to become fully integrated into the Loyola community.
Writing Program Committee member, 2007-present
Shared Text Project Coordinator, 2010-present