Profile

As a writing and literature instructor, I am as enthusiastic about teaching freshmen how to communicate effectively as I am to explore rhetorical devices in content marketing campaigns or the poetic prose of a Jessmyn Ward novel. Although I have taught at the college level on and off since 2001 and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, I spent nearly two decades honing my skills as an editor, writer, and communications analyst in the corporate world. I joined Northern Virginia Community College in the spring of 2017 to dedicate myself fully to teaching. NOVA appealed to me, and continues to appeal to me, precisely because it is a community college and because of its diverse student body. In the course of any one semester, I may instruct recent immigrants in proper MLA citation style and guide a lawyer through the creation of an online writing portfolio. My values as an educator mirror the community college ethos: I believe that all students, no matter their backgrounds or future plans, can and should receive an education that is thorough, functional, and thought-provoking.

Education

MFA  
Hollins University, May 2005
Creative Writing, Poetry Concentration
Thesis: Unlikely Artifacts of Passion

BA
Notre Dame of Maryland University, May 1998
English Major, Writing Concentration
Art History Minor