About

headshot for websiteI work as an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I teach first-year, upper-division, MA-level, and doctorate level courses. I also mentor graduate students in 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 current research project, for example, is a qualitative study of four online sections of second-year composition. I am triangulating observations, interviews, surveys, and an analysis of student writing to measure the extent to which these online writing courses function as communities of inquiry.

Beyond IUP, I am a member of the CCCC OWI Standing Group and the chair of the related Communities of Inquiry Research Team. I also serve as the Webinar Co-Chair for the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators.

– Mary