I am a Professor of English and Director of the University Writing Program. I teach first-year writing and courses such as Writing in Cyberspace, The Literature of Business, Language Puzzles and Word Games: Issues in Modern Grammar, and The Peer Reader in Context. In 2020, I was awarded Drexel’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
My research interests focus on uses of technology in writing instruction, particularly how learning technologies can help student writers and facilitate better methods for faculty to respond to student work. I am the author of Writing Together: Ten Weeks Teaching and Studenting in an Online Writing Course, with former Drexel student Diana Gasiewski; Teaching Writing Online: How and Why; and numerous book chapters and articles.
I have spoken about teaching and technology issues and opportunities at many institutions and conferences, and I served as President of the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators from 2018 to 2020 and Co-Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction from 2011 to 2016.
I was Co-Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction from 2011 to 2016 and am currently Vice President of the Global Society for Online Literacy Educators. I was co-founder of Subjective Metrics, Inc. a company created to develop Waypoint writing assessment and peer review software and
I also maintain two blogs, one about online writing instruction at onlinewritingteacher.blogspot.com and “Virtual Children” at whenfallsthecoliseum.com/category/blood/virtual-children/.