My scholarship and teaching reflect my interdisciplinary education and work experience. I earned an honors B.A. in psychology and Italian studies minor (Marquette U.) and an M.A. in composition studies and English as a second language (U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). I completed my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition with emphases on technical communication and the rhetoric of health and medicine (Purdue U.). While I was in school, I worked as an academic tutor, as academic support staff for university athletics, and as a veterinary assistant. I also earned my emergency medical technician-basic certificate.
By working and studying in those spaces, I learned that my favorite part about them was the interaction among people: supporting students as they learned course content, teaching pet owners how to best care for their pets, learning how paramedics remembered and communicated vast amounts of information in a short period of time, and understanding how writing facilitated action in these contexts. These experiences led me to study and to teach writing and rhetoric.
In addition to researching and teaching, I serve as the annotated bibliography editor for the journal Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, and I am an associate member of the School Sisters of St. Francis. Additionally, I have coordinated and facilitated Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives with nursing faculty, paramedic students and educators, academic staff, and animal science students, and I have delivered workplace writing workshops for university faculty and staff.