Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions

Associate Director of First-Year Composition and Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, Colorado State University. Summer 2017-present.

Director of First-Year Composition, Department of English and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Stout. Spring 2016-spring 2017. 

Assistant Professor, Department of English and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Stout. Fall 2013-spring 2017.

Assistant Director, Core Writing Program, Department of English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico. Fall 2009-spring 2011.

Teaching Assistant, Department of English Language and Literature, University of New Mexico. Fall 2008- spring 2013.


Ph.D., Rhetoric and Writing, University of New Mexico, 2013
Committee: Charles Paine (Chair), Linda Adler-Kassner, Cristyn Elder, and Gail Houston.
Dissertation Title: The Literacies of Literary Texts: Rhetorical Bridges Between English Studies Discipline and First-Year Writers.  

M.A. English with an emphasis in composition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2007, magna cum laude.


2017. "Moving Beyond the Hype: What Does the Celebration of Student Writing Do for Students?" Genesea M. Carter and Erin Gallegos. Composition Studies 45.1

2017. "'Being Part of Something Gave Me Purpose': How Community Membership Impacts Students' Sense of Self." In Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class (Book Collection). Eds. Genesea M. Carter and William H. Thelin. Utah State UP. 

2017."The More Technology, The Better." Genesea M. Carter and Aurora Matzke. In Bad Ideas About Writing (Book Collection). Eds. Cheryl Ball and Drew Loewe. West Virginia University's Digital Publishing Institute.  

2015. "Mapping Students' Funds of Knowledge in the First-Year Composition Classroom." Journal of Teaching Writing. 30.1 (Summer 2015): 25-53. Selected for The Best Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2015, published by Parlor Press. 

2015. "Bypassing the Silence in the Technical and Professional Writing Classroom: Encouraging Agency through Discourse Analysis." Open Words: Access and English Studies 9.1 (Spring 2015): 30-49.

Edited Collection

2017. Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class (Book Collection). Eds. Genesea M. Carter and William H. Thelin. Utah State UP.

Book Review

2010. Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum. Journal of Teaching Writing 25.2 (2010): 259-265. 

Other Articles

2013. "N.25 The Impact of Social Class on Basic Writing Pedagogy." Reviews of the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication. airos Praxis Wiki. 18.1 (Fall 2013): 177-178.

2012. "Demystifying the Celebration." Writing Communities, Newsletter for Writing Across the Communities at UNM 2 (Spring 2012).  

2011. "The Blood-Dimmed Tied is Loosed": Dracula as Prophetic Foretelling of WWI and Germany's Assault on England." Journal of Empire Studies. March 2011. Web.


  • Teaching Champion, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center, UW-Stout. 2014-2016.
  • Scholarship, University of New Mexico’s Graduate and Professional Student Association. 2012.
  • Who's Who Among Students by the University of New Mexico Student Activities Office. 2010.
  • Pearson’s Emerging Pedagogies CCCC Travel Grant. 2010 (with Mellisa Huffman and Calinda Shely). Site: “Remixing Pedagogies at 4Cs.”


Associate Director of Composition, Colorado State University. 2017-present.
Director of First-Year Composition, University of Wisconsin-Stout. 2016-2017.
Assistant Director of Core Writing, University of New Mexico. 2009-2011.
Founder and Organizer, UNM’s Celebration of Student Writing2009-2011.
Writing Proficiency Portfolio Coordinator, University of New Mexico. 2010-2011.
Teaching Assistant Representative, California Polytechnic State University. 2006-2007.


Colorado State University. 2017-present.
Composition 300: Writing Arguments
Composition 150: College Composition

University of Wisconsin-Stout. 2013-2017.
English 720: Rhetorical Theory
English 371: Rhetoric and Style: Strategies in Argumentation
English 320: Business Writing
English 112: Honor’s Composition 2
English 102: Composition 2
English 101: Composition 1
English 90: Writing Workshop

University of New Mexico. 2008-2013.
English 220: Expository Writing, Online
English 219: Technical and Professional Writing
English 102: Analysis and Argument
English 101: Introduction to Expository Writing

Literature Courses, University of New Mexico. 2008-2013.
English 295: Survey of Later English Literature for Majors and Minors (1789 to Present)
English 250: The Analysis of Literature for Majors
English 150: Survey of Literature for Non-Majors

California Polytechnic State University, SLO. 2007-2008.
English 145: Argumentation
English 134: Writing Exposition
Writing Lab Tutor

Recent Conferences

2017. "The 'Poly' in Polytechnic: Teaching Rhetorical Arts to Technical-Major Students. College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR.

2016. "WPAs and Writing Teachers as Bricoleurs: (Un)successful Strategies for Department and Administrative Collaboration in First-Year Composition Assessment Reform. Council of Writing Program Administrators. Raleigh, NC.

2016. "The Diversity of Everyday Lived Experiences: Using Humans of New York-esque Projects in the First-Year Writing Classroom to Support Students' Transition from High School to College. Computers and Writing Conference. Rochester, NY. 

2015. “Sustaining Faculty Development in Classrooms, in Programs, and in Departments.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Boise, ID. 

2015. “Wait, We’re Not Writing Essays?: Teaching Diversity Through the Profile in the First-Year Writing Classroom.” Computers and Writing Conference. Menomonie, WI. 

2015. “Make New Friends But Keep the Old: Writing Assessment Bricolage.” College English Association. Indianapolis, IN. .

2014. “Diversity in Everyday Lived Experiences: A Curriculum Model for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.”Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference. Platteville, WI. 

2013. “Celebrating the Rhetorical Knowledge and Literacies of First-Year, Working-Class Students through a Literacy Map Sequence.” Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. 

2013. “Crafting and Resisting Identities on the Job Market.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Savannah, GA. 

2013. “You Want Me to Write What?: Encouraging Working-Class Student Voices through Discourse Analysis.” College Composition and Communication Conference. Las Vegas, NV. 

GUEST Presenter: Pedagogical/Professional Development workshops (recent)

2014. “Researching First-Year Composition and the Working-Class Student.” Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center’s May Day. University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

2013. “Encouraging Student Engagement and Critical Thinking Through D2L and Google.” First-Year Composition Workshops. University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

2013. “Inside the Campus Interview: An Interactive Roundtable Discussion.” Council of Writing Program Administrators. Savannah, GA. 

2011. “Teaching Learning Communities: English 101 End of Semester Meeting.” English 101 Instructor Collaboration. University of New Mexico. 

2011. “Celebration of Student Writing: 2010 Assessment and 2011 Plans.” University of New Mexico Department of English Language and Literature Teaching Assistant Orientation. University of New Mexico.  

2011. “Introduction to 101: Genre-Based Curriculum Approach; Rhetorical Situation; Outcomes.” University of New Mexico Department of English Language and Literature Teaching Assistant Orientation. University of New Mexico. 

 Departmental and university committee work

  • First-Year Composition Committee, UW-Stout, Assistant Chair (elected). 2013-present.
  • Advanced Composition Committee, UW-Stout, Chair (elected). 2013-2016.
  • General Education Committee, UW-Stout (elected). 2014-present.
  • Senior Exit Assessment Committee, College Rep, UW-Stout (selected). 2014-present.
  • Provost’s Assessment Task Force, UW-Stout (invited). 2013-2014.


  • Faculty Advisor, Phi Theta Chi, UW-Stout. 2014-2016.
  • Liaison Committee, Council of Writing Program Administrators. 2013-present.
  • Chair/Vice-Chair, Grant Committee, UNM’s Graduate and Professional Student Association. 2012-2013.
  • Member, Graduate Organization Events Committee, Council of Writing Program Administrators. 2012.
  • Core Writing Planning Committee, UNM. 2008-2011.
  • English Graduate Student Association President, UNM. 2009-2013.
  • Volunteer, Core Writing Program’s “Write On! Workshops,” UNM. 2008-2013.
  • Member, Writing Across the Communities Initiative, UNM. 2008-2013.