Assistant Teaching Professor
I come to teaching writing as a working writer, one who has struggled with and delighted in new genres and new audiences. I was a journalist for nine years after earning my undergraduate degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. In 2012, I complicated things further by earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (concentration in fiction) from N.C. State University. My professional interests are just as varied: I care about personal essays (with work published in the Washington Post and Full Grown People); science writing; creative non-fiction; historical fiction; and writing studies, particularly how we acquire information literacy and compose nontraditional texts such as digital videos.
In addition to teaching writing, I serve in the Office of the Dean of the College as Associate Dean for Learning Spaces, where I enjoy conversations about our space challenges and opportunities, and advocate for space as a tool to facilitate teaching and learning.