Service & Community Engagement
As a writing studies researcher, I am particularly attentive to issues of marginalization and access in literacy education. To that end, over the past eight years I have taught English language learners through six community literacy organizations across Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. In teaching students ranging from new refugees working towards basic English literacy to international scholars seeking to polish their academic writing in English, I tailor my writing courses to help each learner meet their individual professional and academic goals.
I volunteer as a literacy tutor through PVLALG, working with multilingual adults to achieve their professional communication goals. My digital publics & rhetorical theory students collaborated with this organization to design their new website & marketing materials.
As a founding member of Embry-Riddle's DEI FSLC, I work with Drs. Angelynn Alvarez, Mitch Hamidi, and Matt Pavlina on efforts to learn and teach strategies for cultivating inclusive pedagogy. As part of this learning community, we read Inclusive Teaching and What Inclusive Instructors Do, implemented strategies in our classrooms and programs, and presented on our experiences at the CTLE Teaching Showcase. We are also currently working on several cross-campus research and curriculum revision projects to foster greater educational equity across the university.
I taught semester-long classes on topics from Introductory and Intermediate English Conversation to Advanced Academic & Professional Writing at Mid-State Literacy Council during my four years in State College.
As a participant in Global Connections, I collaborated with a international STEM postdoctoral scholar seeking to improve his conversational English. We meet weekly for several years for cultural exchange and English tutoring.
During my time as GADI's education chair, I worked with other graduate students to plan workshops on writing job documents and practicing antiracist pedagogy.