PhD, Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Texas Tech University, 2015

Dissertation: Eye, ear, hand: Multimodal Literacy Practices of Blind Adults

MA, English. Colorado State University, 2000

BA, English. Brigham Young University, 1998.

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of English, Salt Lake Community College. 2010-present

Assistant Professor of English, Salt Lake Community College, 2005-2010

Instructor of English, Salt Lake Community College, 2002-2005

Faculty, Wilderness Field Station, Associated Colleges of the Midwest. Summer 2001 & 2002

Lecturer, English Department, Knox College. 2000-2002

Instructor, McNair Scholarship Program, Knox College. 2000-2002

Graduate Teaching Assistant, English Department, Colorado State University. 1998-2000

Administrative Experience

Associate Director, Community Writing Center, Salt Lake Community College, May 2015-present

Assistant Director, Community Writing Center, Salt Lake Community College. 2006-2008

Interim Director, Community Writing Center, Salt Lake Community College. 2005/2006

Advisor, Folio Literary Magazine, Salt Lake Community College. 2003-2006

Writing Coordinator, Knox College Center for Teaching and Learning, 2000-2002


2014-2015 TTU Technical Communication and Rhetoric dissertation award.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture, The Talking Book: Disability, Technology and the Future of Reading. Salt Lake Community College, 2015.

Outstanding Faculty Member. Utah NASPA. 2014.

CCCC Research Initiative Grant, Digital Literacy and Blindness: Towards a Theory of Listening as Literacy. CCCC Executive Committee. 2013. $8,090

Teaching and Learning Grant, “Creating Accessible Web Content: A Faculty Guide.” SLCC Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

Award of Merit, Exemplary Faculty Use of Technology–Using Technology to Engage Distance Students. Utah System of Higher Education, 2009.

Helen Locke Carter Memorial Scholarship. Texas Tech University English Department, 2009.

SLCC Innovation of the Year Category Award: Provide Lifelong Learning–“Valuing Local Voices, Building Community: Civic Engagement,” a project of the SLCC Community Writing Center, 2009.


Ambient Literacy and the Accessible Classroom. TYCA-West. Salt Lake City, UT. October, 2015.

Sensory Rhetorics: Bodily Experiences in Ambient Environments. CCCC. Tampa, FL. March 2015

Breaking Down Barriers and Enabling Access: (Dis)Ability in Writing Classrooms and Programs. Workshop. CCCC. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

Open Access Textbooks: Exploiting Audio Potentialities. CCCC. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

Engaging the Campus Community Through Crowdsourced Accessibility. Accessing Higher Ground. Westminster, CO. November 2013.

Building Strategic Partnerships through Crowdsourced Accessibility and Service Learning. NASPA Community College Division. Invited Webinar. November 2013.

Crowdsourcing Accessibility: Strategies and Tools for Engaging the Campus Community. AHEAD. Baltimore, MD. July 2013.

Know-Speak-Listen-See: Breaching Literacy Boundaries in the Composition Classroom. CCCC. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013

How Literacy Impacts Use of Assistive Technology. International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. San Diego, CA. February 2013

Web Accessibility & Captioning Basics. TYCA-West. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2012

Digital Gateways: Redefining Literacy through Disability Studies and Universal Design. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO. March 2012.

Blind Gaming: Disability as Lens for Sonic Literacy and Rhetoric. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. Albuquerque, NM. February 2012.

Writing in Community Places: the Participatory Discourse of a Community Writing Center. Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. Ottawa, ON. May 2009

Mapping Routes to Community/ Writing Center Partnerships. Full-day Workshop. International Writing Centers Association. Las Vegas, NV. October 2008.

Writing with the City: Community Writing Centers and Public Libraries. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York, NY. March 2007

Plagiarism as Heuristic: Redefining our Approach to Plagiarism in a World of Sampling and Mash-ups. TYCA-West. Park City, UT. October 2006.

Location, location, location: How Geography Affects Writing Centers. International Writing Centers Association. Minneapolis, MN. October 2005.

“A little bit of Paris” or the Mormon “Vatican”: Religious Divides and the Discourse of the City. Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations. Albuquerque, NM. February 2005.

Religious Belief and Rhetoric in the Composition Classroom. TYCA-West. Las Vegas, NV. October 2004.

Responding to Student Texts as Both Teacher and Tutor. Midwest Writing Center Association. Iowa City, IA. September 2001.

Faculty/ Staff Training Workshops

(All workshops taught at SLCC, primarily in coordination with FTLC/ Center for Innovation)

OER and Accessibility. October 2015

Captioning in Camtasia. February 2015

Accessible Documents and Email. February 2015

OER Accessibility. February 2015

Accessible InDesign and PDF. Publication Center. March 2015

Creating Accessible Documents. October 2014. (presented twice)

Design for Universal Access. Publication Center. October 2014

STEM Accessibility. Workshop. April 2014.

Captioning Made Easy. Workshop. October 2013 (presented twice). January 2014. February 2014.

Universal Design for Learning. Workshop & Panel Discussion. September 2013. January 2014

Captioning Basics. Presentation to SLCC Educational Initiatives Team. January 2013.


“Notes from the Braille Literacy Crisis.” In Lewis, L. (Ed.). Strategic Discourse: The Politics of (New) Literacy. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2015.

“Goalball: Sound, Silence, and Spectatorship. SoundingOut! A Sound Studies Blog. May 2013

Media Coverage

Inside Higher Education. U of Michigan endorses accessible publishing guidelines. 3 November 2015.

Inside Higher Education. By the Book. 16 June 2015. Coverage of accessible publishing guidelines drafted by Lennard Davis, Catherine Kudlick, Jay Dolmage, Margaret Price and Melissa Helquist.

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