Professional Appointments


Assistant Professor of English [Writing & Digital Rhetoric], 2015-present.



Ph.D English (Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, Rhetoric), 2015.
Dissertation: Public History & Social Archives: Toward a New Materialist Rhetoric of Murder
Exams: Passed with Distinction


M.A., Rhetoric and Composition, May, 2010
Exams: Passed with Distinction
Thesis: “The Future of Invention: A Case Study”
Committee: Michelle Sidler (chair), Marc Silverstein, & Stewart Whittmore


B.A., English Literature and Literary Theory, (secondary emphasis: Continental Philosophy)


“Ethics in the Making.” (co-authored with Erin R. Anderson) Making Humanities Matter. Ed. Jentery Sayers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2016 (Forthcoming). Print.

"Josephine Miles: A Digital Reprocessing." Hybrid Digital Video essay. Provocations 1, Computers and Composition Digital Press (2015). Web.

"Composing the Artist-Medium. Soundwriting Pedagogies. Ed. Kyle Stedman and Courtney Danfourth. Computers and Composition Digital Press. 2016 (Forthcoming).

Call Me a Murderer: Rhetorical Empathy as Digital Practice.Enculturation. [Out for Review]. 2016.

“A Meditation on Murder as Distributed through Digital Literate Acts.” Harlot. [Revise & Resubmit]. 2015.

Multimedia Publications


Digital Experiential (review) of Ambient Rhetoric by Thomas Rickert. Enculturation. Open Issue 17. 2014.


Digital Review (made in Adobe Flash) of Insect Media by Jussi Parikka. Itineration. Web.




Review of The Computer Boys Take Over by Nathan Ensmenger. Digital Humanities Quarterly. Spring 2014 issue. Web.

Review of The Future of Invention by John Muckelbauer. Composition Studies 39.1 (2011). Print.

Review of Negro League Baseball by Harmony Holiday. Bookslut. June (2012). Web.

Review of The Grief Performance by Emily Kendall Frey. Bookslut. May (2012). Web.

Conference Presentations

“Disciplinary Adventures: Data, Making, and Risk at the Intersections of Composing and the Digital Humanities.” Panel with Dan Anderson, Amanda Licastro & Andrew Pilsch. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Tampa, FL March 2015.

“Murderous Materialities: A Compositionist’s Perspective.” Computers and Writing Conference.
Pullman, WA, June 2014.

“Murderous Materialities.” Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. Salt Lake City, UT, October 2013.

"Making Murder Matter." Panel with Erin Anderson and Jody Shipka. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV, 2013.

  • “Code as Poetry; Code as Rhetoric?" Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, 2012. 

    "Creative Critique: Making Serious Digital Media." With Jamie Bianco, Lauren Hall, Erin Anderson and Kerry Banazek. Cultural Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, 2012.  

    "Digital Media @ Pitt: Behind the Scenes of Multimodal, Creative-Critical Media Production." With Jamie Bianco, Steph Ceraso and Erin Anderson. HASTAC, Ann Arbor, MI 2012. 

    "Begin (i)Aesthetic Quest." Cultural Studies Association Conference. Chicago, IL, 2011. 

    "Academic Culture Goes Facebook: The Rhetoric of Status Updates and Virtual 4-4 Teaching Loads.”American Culture  Association/ Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, Louisiana 2009.

    “Forgetting the Dead: Philosophy of Digital Epitaphs and Memory in the 21st century.” Alabama Academy of Science,  Livingston, AL, 2009.

    “No One Knows you're really a Dog on Myspace, Pluto: Welcoming Student-culture into the Composition Classroom.”  Research Network Forum at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco, 2009. 

    “Transforming the Dead: Living, Breathing Rhetoric in the Modern Epitaph.” Federation Rhetoric Symposium, Texas A&M,  2009.

    “The Unhinging of Sigmund Freud as the Door and the Door Keeper.” Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. UVSC, 2007.

     “Talking Back: Renaming Student Subjectivity.” Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York, 2007.

    “To End All Oppression: Renaming Feminism.” The Day Against –Isms Symposium. UVSC, 2007.

    “The Fundamental Fifth: A Historical Adaptation of The Fifth Element.” American Culture Association/ Popular Culture Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006.

    “Changing The Game: My Look at Freshman Composition.” Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, Illinois, 2006.

    Food: The Disguise of Language.” The 20th Annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference, Weber State University, 2005.

Invited Talks and Colloquia

"How to Digitally Counter the Caribbean." Invited Lecture. University of Pittsburgh. Feb 2015.


“On the Murder Archive.” Detective Fiction. University of Pittsburgh, PA. September, 2014.


“DIY Archives: On the Pedagogical Potentials of Producing Archives.” English Department Pedagogy Panel: “Pedagogies of Production: Students Composing Across Programs.” University of Pittsburgh, PA. Nov. 15, 2013.


“Murder Networks.” English Department Graduate Symposium. University of Pittsburgh, PA. Feb.2012


Academic Appointments


Digital Media Learning Coordinator -- Faculty and graduate student training, one-on-one graduate student digital literacy development, workshop facilitating, curriculum development, and Digital Humanities research and planning.
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, Fall & Spring 2014-15.
Digital Media Learning Coordinator -- Faculty and graduate student training and curriculum development.
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2012.
Digital Media at Pitt Fellow (DM@P) – Digital Humanities research, development and event coordination.
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2012.
Graduate Teaching Fellow
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-Present.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
English Department, Auburn University, Fall 2008-Spring 2010.

Workshops and Digital Pedagogy

Digital Pedagogy Workshop for graduate students. “Web Design Soiree.” May 2014. (Main facilitator).
A two-hour workshop designed for graduates on HTML and CSS for their own development, as well as their students’ development.

Digital Pedagogy Workshop for Faculty. “Documentary Video.” Jan 2014. (Main facilitator).
A two-part workshop designed to teach faculty how to shoot, storyboard, and edit their own video documentary.

Digital Pedagogy Workshop Series: “The Audio Essay” and “Video Remix” (Co-facilitator).
Composition Curriculum Committee, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2013.
Two two-hour workshop series, training faculty and graduate student instructors in the pedagogy and practice of audio essays and video remix.

Digital Pedagogy Workshop Series: “Web Design” (Co-facilitator).
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, 17 November 2012.
A department-wide, full-day workshop training English faculty and graduate students in
producing websites using HTML5, CSS/CSS3, and Dreamweaver.

DM@P Hands-On Workshop Series: "Editing Digital Video" (Co-facilitator).
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, October 2011 & February 2012.
A department-wide, two-workshop series training faculty and graduate students in using
Adobe Premiere Pro video editing software in their own work or in the classroom.

DM@P Hands-on Workshop Series: "Working with Digital Audio" (Co-facilitator).
English Department, University of Pittsburgh, October 2010 & March 2011.
A department-wide, two-workshop series training faculty and graduate students in using
Audacity and Adobe Soundbooth audio software in their work or the classroom.


Academic Service


Committee on Digital Media, English Department (University of Pittsburgh), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013.

Co-President, Graduate Student Organization, English Department, Fall 2011-Spring 2012.

Composition Curriculum Committee, English Department (University of Pittsburgh), Fall 2011-Present.

Founding member, DM@P (Digital Media at Pitt), University of Pittsburgh (2010-2012)

Academic Development


Peer Selected Workshop Participant, “Materialist and Object-Oriented Rhetorics,” Rhetoric Society of American Summer Institute, Kansas, Summer 2013. Led by Byron Hawk and Thomas Rickert.

Selected Participant, Digital Media and Composition (DMAC), 2009-2010. Ohio State University. Led by Cynthia Selfe and Scott Dewitt.

Selected Honors and Awards


Arts & Sciences Dissertation Research Grant, University of Pittsburgh, 2014.
Travel Award, Computers and Writing, 2014.
HASTAC Scholars Program, Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh, 2012-2013 ($300).
Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2010-2011.
Most Outstanding Student Award, Utah Valley University, 2007.


Editorial Work

Book Review Editor, Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media and Culture. Eds. Cynthia Bateman and Gerald Jackson. Spring 2014.

Associate Editor, Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media and Culture. Eds. Cynthia Bateman and Gerald Jackson. Fall 2012-Present.

Associate Editor, The Best of Rhetoric and Composition 2011: Essays from the Independent Journals, Eds. Steven Parks, Brian Baillie, and Stacy Waite, Parlor Press, 2013.


Community Teaching

Teacher, After School Program for underprivileged youth, Pittsburgh Academy of Science and Technology, 2012-Present.
Tutor, GED credit recovery, 2012.
Volunteer, Arts Greenhouse, 2011-2012.
Volunteer, Hip-Hop on Lock, 2010-2011.


Full fluency in French, reading knowledge of Spanish;
Programming fluency in mark-up and scripting languages: HTML, CSS; Software fluency in Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Audition, Premiere, Audacity, Flash; Programming fluency in Ruby on Rails and C+ programming languages.