My research interests center around professional writing and rhetoric, writing transfer, second language writing, writing studies, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) pedagogy, and faculty development (particularly as it relates to the teaching and practice of writing). An Elon University CATL Scholar award allowed me to examine reacting pedagogy as a means for teaching TESOL students about language policies, and an Elon Teaching and Learning Partnership award supported a study of service-learning pedagogy in TESOL. From 2011 to 2013, I was the lead organizer and a seminar leader (with Chris Anson and Randy Bass) for the Elon Research Seminar on Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, which facilitated multi-institutional research on writing transfer.
I co-edited Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer (The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2016) and Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning in Higher Education (Stylus, 2017).
I now lead planning, implementation, and assessment of the Center for Engaged Learning’s research seminars, which support multi-institutional research on focused engaged learning topics. In this role, I also study structures and practices that foster multi-institutional research on high-impact and engaged learning practices.