§ Emphases in educational linguistic anthropology, critical literacy studies and social justice in education.
§ 4.0 GPA
§ Master’s of Arts in English Literature and Composition.
§ Emphases in rhetoric/composition, modern British Lit and women’s studies.
§ 3.98 GPA
§ Bachelor’s of Arts in English.
§ Minor: Humanities
§ 3.69 GPA
Professor of English, Department of Basic Composition/ESL
§ Teaches Basic Writing courses, English 0990 and 0890.
§ Teaches ESL writing and grammar courses (as needed).
§ Coordinates curriculum review and revision.
§ Serves as Chair of the department’s Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee.
§ Participate in the creation and revision of curriculum documents and faculty development materials.
§ Participate in collecting and interpreting outcomes assessment data.
§ Participate in campus accreditation and NADE accreditation processes.
1996-2002 Utah Valley
Department Chair, Department of Basic Composition/ESL
§ Administered the Basic Composition and the ESL programs.
§ Supervised and evaluated contract and adjunct faculty.
§ Oversaw curriculum revisions and maintenance.
§ Designed new curriculum.
§ Coordinated programs and courses with other departments and offices on campus.
§ Ordered texts.
§ Coordinated faculty assignments.
§ Hired new contract and adjunct faculty.
§ Served on the Academic Forum, the LEC/GA Steering Committee, and the LEC/GA Outcomes Assessment Committee.
§ Served on faculty and staff hiring/screening committees.
§ Supervised support staff member.
1988-1991 Brigham Young University.
Instructor of English
§ Taught freshman and advanced composition classes.
§ Team-taught English literature courses.
§ Led weekly meetings for English 115 instructors.
§ Supervised, observed and evaluated the class room performance of other English 115 teachers.
§ Prepared and provided faculty development workshops.
2007-2008: Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings and colleague nomination)
2006-2007: Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings)
2005-2006: Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings)
2004-2005: Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings)
§ Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings average of 4.84).
§ Faculty Excellence Award Nomination (based on student ratings of 4.82)
§ International Student Council Teaching Recognition Award (awarded to only five faculty members on campus).
§ Teacher of the Year Award Nomination (based on student ratings average of 4.82).
§ Teacher of the Year Award Nomination (based on student ratings average of 4.67).
§ Teacher of the Year Award Nomination (based on student ratings average of 4.84).
§ International Student Council Teaching Recognition Award
§ UVSC Teacher of the Year Award Winner
1993-1994 and 1996-1997
International Student Council Teaching Recognition Awards
§ Teacher of the Year Award Nominations for each of these school years.
· “(Re)Mixing in a Little Respect: Toward an Ethic of Anti-Oppressive Editing Instruction.” Paper. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 18, 2010.
· “Counterstorytelling and Reciprocity: The Research Moment as a Moment of Participant Transformation.” Multi-media Presentation. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, December 4, 2009.
Defining Literacy: How Basic Writers Define and Are Defined by Literacy. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Utah. May 2008.
National/International Conference Presentations/Workshops
§ “Politics, Prompts, and Pay: Supplementing or Replacing Reading and Editing Tests with a Timed Essay Test for the Purposes of Placing Basic Writers into Two Basic Writing Classes,” National Conference of Teachers of English, San Francisco, CA, November 21, 2003. Co-presented with Richard Matzen and Forrest Williams.
§ “Student Expectations and Evaluations of TESOL Instructors,” International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference,
§ Academics Systems Presentation. College
§ “Great Expectations: A Discussions of the Objectives and Pitfalls of Standard Student Evaluation Instruments,” Community College Conference,
§ “Empowering Students through Power Mapping and Visual Notetaking,” 3-hour workshop, College Reading and Learning Association Conference, San Diego, CA, March 1994. Co-presented with Grant Richards and Peggy Pasin.
§ 2003-2006: Conducting Critical Language Analysis of the writing and transcribed conversations about writing of female basic writers who are returning to college after several years. This study looks at issues of in- and out-of-school student identities, the privileging of certain epistemologies in traditional composition theory and pedagogies, and the possibilities of disrupting these conventions and “expected” identities within the basic writing classroom.
§ 1999-2002: Researching reasons why ESL teachers (nationally and in our program) typically receive lower SRI ratings than non-ESL teachers. This project involved several semesters of collecting data from ESL and non-ESL students through surveys, focus groups, and cross-language translating of student translations of SRI questions. The research, conducted with Jeri Wyn Gillie and Stacy Waddoups, culminated in a presentation at the international TESOL conference and influenced the revision of the SRI instrument used at UVSC.
§ 1998-1999: Evaluating assessment tools used to place students into college composition courses. This research was conducted for the UVSC English Assessment Committee along with Jo Ellen Coppersmith.
§ 1994-1995: Researching the validity and efficacy of student evaluation procedures and instruments. This research culminated in two presentations with Lori Palmer and in Dr. Palmer’s subsequent article in the UCC publication.
§ Writing Talk: Paragraphs and Short Essays with
§ Blind review (authors/title unknown to reviewers) of Basic Composition/1st year English composition text for Prentice Hall Publishers. Reviewed June 2003.
Participation in Professional Organizations
Since 1996t: National Council of Teachers of English
Since 1999: International Organization of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
American Anthropological Association
Conference of Educational Anthropology
Campus Service Activities
Present: Chair, Department of Basic Composition/ESL
Present: Member, Institutional Strategic Directions Advisory Committee
Fall 2009: Chair, Basic Composition/ESL Department Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee
2008-Present: Member, Institutional Tenure Appeals Board
2004-2009: Member, UVSC Ethics across the Curriculum Committee
2004-2009: Member, University College/Department of Basic Composition/ESL Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee
2002-2004: Chair, UVSC Tenure Board of Review
2002-2004: Member, UVSC Faculty Senate
2001-2002: Chair, UVSC Faculty Excellence Document Design Committee
1999-2002: Member, Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee to Review Faculty Roles and Rewards
1998-2002: Chair, UVSC Teacher of the Year/Faculty Excellence Committee
1998-1999: Co-chair (with Jo Ellen Coppersmith), English Assessment Committee
1996-2002: Chair, Department of Basic Composition/ESL
1996-1997: Member, UVSC WID/WAC Committee
1995-1998: Member, UVSC Curriculum Committee
1993-1995: Member, UVSC Faculty Advisory Committee
1993-1994: Member, UVSC/LEC Accreditation Committee