I am an assistant professor in Communication, Arts, and Humanities at Delaware County Community College. I have a PhD in Composition and TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My research interests include composition pedagogy, literacy studies, social and emotional intelligences, student motivation, multimodal composition, and collaboration.
I believe students learn by doing. I encourage students to write about their situated lives, about their local communities, and about their understandings of larger world issues. I have constructed a critical pedagogy that decenters the classroom and allows me to partner with students to problem-pose the ways language and social institutions shape our identities and worldviews. I ask students to create texts in various contexts, genres, and modes so they can enact myriad literacies, critique rhetorical situations within digital and nondigital environments, and question what it means to be a student, writer, and critical thinker.
In addition to teaching writing, I have over fourteen years experience as a professional writer, including full-time jobs as a sports reporter, copywriter, and magazine editor. I have authored a creative nonfiction book as well as numerous essays, columns, and literary journalism articles. When I am not teaching and writing, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Laura, and our two children, Elyse and Caius.