• Ph.D., Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University, 2011 Dissertation: Obama and the American Dream: Ideographs and Metaphors on the Campaign Trail.
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Texas State University, 2000
  • B.A., English - Writing Emphasis, Idaho State University, 1997

Areas of Specialization/Interest

technical communication, rhetorical studies, composition studies, American literature, creative writing

Select Publications/Presentations


"What Isn't Technical Communication?" Technicalities  Spring 2008.

"Familiar Ghosts, New Voices: Tim O'Brien's July, July." War. Literature & the Arts  15.1-2 (2003): 

"Form Versus Content: Classroom Practices and Essay Requirements." Academic Exchange Quarterly 7.1
          (2003): 248-5.

"Beneath the Surface: Motives for Rhetoric and Action in Troilus and Cressida, A Response to Vernon 
          Loggins et al." Connotations 11.2-3 (2002):262-71.

"A Discussion with Reginald McKnight." Concho River Review Spring  (2001).

"A Reunion Ghost Story." Reunions Magazine 8.1 (1997).


"Night Audit." Concho River Review Fall (2003).


Rev. of Quakertown, by Lee Martin. Texas Books in Review 21.2-3 (2001).

Rev of The History and Mystery of the Menger Hotel, by Docia Schultz Williams. Texas Books in Review
           21.1 (2001).

Rev of Men on the Moon, by Simon J. Ortiz. Southwestern American Literature 25.2 (2000).

Rev. of The Boy Orator, by Tracy Daugherty. Texas Books in Review 19.4 (1999).

Rev. of The Heart of America, by Tim Palmer. Austin American-Statesman

Rev of O dammit!: A Lexicon and Lecture from William Cowper Brann, The Iconoclast, by Jerry
           Flemmons. Texas Books in Review 19.3 (1999).

Rev of Tales of Badmen, Bad Women, and Bad Places: Four Centuries of Texas  Outlawry, by C. F.
           Eckhardt. Texas Books in Review 19.2 (1999).


Chair, Rhetorical Criticism, Rocky Mountain Modern Language 
          Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. Oct. 2010.

"I have a Diminishing Dream: Positioning the American Dream Metaphor in Barack Obama's Speeches." 
          Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Snow Bird, UT. Oct. 2009. 

"Empty Playing Fields: "Common" Commonplaces in the Run for President." Rocky Mountain Modern
          Language Association Annual Conference. Reno, NV. Oct. 2008. Presentation.

"Talk Loudly and Carry a Big Stick: Negative Incentive in Grammar Production." Two Year College
          English Association-Southwest (TYCA-SW) Annual Conference, San Antonio. TX. Oct. 2007.

"Using a Computer-graded Writing Assessment as a Predictor of Academic (Writing) Success." MnSCU
          Conference on Composition, Century College. White Bear Lake, MN. Mar. 2007. Presentation.

"Night Audit." ASU Writers Conference. San Angelo, TX. Feb. 2004. Reading.

"Editor's Choice: What Small Literary Magazine Editors Look For in Submissions." San Angelo Writers
          Club. San Angelo, TX. Mar. 2002. Lecture.

"Mind Control, Superficiality, and the Five-Paragraph Essay." Annual Meeting of the Conference of
          College Teachers of English (CCTE). Huntsville, TX. Feb. 2002. Presentation.