My research reflects questions, interests, and problems I have encountered in aspects of my professional life: pedagogy, technical communication, and rhetoric.
Since I teach college writing (technical communication and composition), I have research interests that stem from issues and problems I have recently encountered regarding writing. For example, a current research project overlaps with technical communication and includes a survey of the state of technical communication at two-year institutions across the country. The project was awarded a 2018 Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) research grant.
As a technical communicator, I innovate using appropriate technologies. I create videos to help students navigate unfamiliar technologies, I record CASTpods for faculty at my college, and I consult in ways that value my knowledge of technology to effectively deliver content to various stakeholders, like students, faculty, and healthcare personnel, for different purposes. A recent technical communication project includes the preliminary wireframing for a healthcare app for parents of patients in an acute care hospital contexts–NICU4U.
I am a medical rhetorician and healthcare communication researcher who examines communication in various contexts: high stakes healthcare exchanges, the intersection of bodies, protests, and social media, and environmental engineering. My research in these contexts focuses on communication in potential life-threatening situations, political resistance using bodily fluids and social media, and distributing and re-assembling memory to manage cognitive loads in engineering contexts.
last update 09/2019