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I’m Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where my teaching and research work bridges technical and professional communication and digital rhetorics. I am also an Associate Editor for Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

This site is a mixture of blog, portfolio, and archive. If you have questions or would like to discuss my research and teaching, please email me or leave a comment here.

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The New Year Thing

After taking a real break from work for the Christmas-to-New Year’s stretch (one that began earlier than intended thanks to the Corpus Christi WATER CRISIS of December 2016), it feels good to contort my body back into desk mode (#beastmode?) and get started on 2017-ward tasks. Reviewing articles, pushing out emails, developing material for new courses, scribbling notes to fill into Digital Measures later this week, checking off Habitica tasks, and all the other attendant things that go with sitting down in your chair for the first time in a… while.

2017 Goal 1: Make some goals.

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2016 has been a dramatic year in many ways, but I’m not talking about national politics or the death of Carrie Fisher. (i will not take a tangent on obsessions with mortality in pop culture, i will not take a tangent on obsessions with mortality in pop culture, i will not take a tangent on obsessions with mortality in pop culture.) 2016 has been a year of intense personal and professional change. (I feel like I should quote “Burning the Christmas Greens” at length here, but somehow the lines

At the thick of the dark
the moment of the cold’s
deepest plunge we brought branches
cut from the green trees

to fill our need,

seem overdramatic. And did I just put a blockquote in a parenthetical aside?) Regardless, I don’t like change. Ask anyone. But this year brought self-imposed upheaval to a person who has never ever liked big changes. It’s been hard—harder than I thought it would be and in ways I didn’t expect—on myself and my family. And I don’t know if I can say that it’s easier yet, but there are good things. Great things. New relationships, new friendships, new opportunities, new mentors. New taco recipes. New habits and approaches to tasks. New students that I love (I love the old ones too, don’t worry!) and new work yet to be done.

I’ve succeeded (or at least feel like I’ve succeeded) at some things, and failed at others (whoa, vaguebooking much?), and am painfully aware of the ways I still need to figure out the whole research / teaching / service balance of my new professional location. But I’m feeling great about work / life balance. And seriously: Habitica, y’all.

Goals for 2017? Still working on them. They’ll probably amount to some version of the following: More writing, always. Try new things. Get less fat. Resolutions? Nah, no resolutions, because like you I always break them.

Mostly, it’s just time for a new notebook for 2017. Even if there are still a few too many blank pages left in the old one.

Locating Computers & Writing

Locating Computers & Writing

In a fit of curiosity and being in general inquisitive about the histories, locations, ideologies, and general metadata of our discipline (not to mention being slightly jealous of this year’s C&W attendees), I built a database of the history of locations of the Computers & Writing conference. I wanted to see where C&W has been in a geographic sense, and this gives a snapshot. (See also the very interesting CWCON Memorabilia project, which gives a pack rat’s view of the conference.)

Clicking into the map, you’ll find the data I’ve begun loading into the database, including links to web material and the conference theme, with more to come. It’s simple now, and there are definitely some holes and reformatting I’d like to do, but it’s a start.

See an error? Something missing? Want to add data? Feel like shaming me into attending C&W 2017 at U of Findlay? Contact me and I’ll be happy to add you both to the database and the Google maps file.