headshot for websiteI’m a newly-minted PhD, having just graduated from the School of Education at UC Davis, where I also earned a designated emphasis in writing, rhetoric, and composition studies. In August, I’ll move to Indiana, PA and begin work as an Assistant Professor of Composition Studies and Digital Literacies in the English Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I will be affiliated with the PhD program in Composition and TESOL.

My research focuses on collaborative and interactive learning, writing pedagogy and online writing instruction, and digital literacies. I identify as a social scientist, trained in qualitative research, who applies education research methodologies to writing studies. My dissertation employed grounded theory methodology,  triangulating observation field notes, interview data, and student work to measure interactive learning in four sections (face-to-face, computer classroom, hybrid, and online) of first-year composition.

At UC Davis, I had the opportunity to work with Carl Whithaus and Jenae Cohn to develop and assess hybrid and online FYC courses. I also worked as a graduate student researcher for Cynthia Carter Ching; we looked at the ways FitBits and video games can increase middle school students’ awareness of and behaviors around health.

In addition to research, I teach first-year composition, advanced composition, and learning in the digital age.

– Mary