Office: DHC 003
Phone: (717) 477-1496
Ph.D., English Education, Western Michigan University (2009)
M.A., English Education, Western Michigan University (2003)
B.A., English, Secondary Certification (7-12), Western Michigan University (1997)
- Secondary English Language Arts Pedagogy
- Multicultural Young Adult Literature
- Adolescent Literacy Practices
- Multimodal and 21st-Century Literacies
- Comics, Graphic Novels, Japanese Manga & Anime
- Narrative-Based Video Games (RPGs & MMORPGs)
- Gaming Literacies
- Fandoms and Fan Culture
Undergraduate Courses Taught:
EDU 495: Student Teaching
EDU 422: Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary Schools
EDU 290: Introduction to Teaching English Language Arts
ENG 426: Teaching Adolescent Literature
ENG 394: Reading Graphic Narratives
ENG 366: History & Structure of the English Language
ENG 360: Popular Cultures: Altered Narratives
ENG 336: Language, Literacy, & Learning: Game Studies
ENG 250: Introduction to Literature
ENG 248: Introduction to Culturally Diverse Literature
ENG 190: Introduction to Reading Graphic Narratives
ENG 114: Academic Writing
ENG 113: Introduction to Academic Writing
“Dynamic Inquiry Through Collaborative University-Community Partnerships.” Accepted presentation for the National Conference of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention in Baltimore, MD. Fall 2019.
“Writing the Journey: Video Game Inspired Creative Writing,” Accepted presentation for the Narrative Games Conference at High Point University, NC., Spring 2019.
“Literacy Practice and Play: Participatory Culture in the MMORPG, FFXIV:
A Realm Reborn.” Playing in the Classroom: Games, Literacies, and Youth Culture in the 21st Century. Sense Publishing, Gaming Ecologies Series. (forthcoming publication).
“Stardew Valley.” Learning, Education, & Games, Vol. 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond, edited by Karen Schrier. (forthcoming, Spring 2019).
“Journey.” Learning, Education, & Games, Vol. 3: 100 Games to Use in the Classroom and Beyond, edited by Karen Schrier. (forthcoming, Spring 2019).
“I Happily Pronounce You Bonded for All Eternity: Marriage in the MMORPG FFXIV: A Realm Reborn.” Blog post. Esoteric Gaming. 23 August 2016. Web.
“From Skeptics to Fanboys: English Majors Encounter Graphic Narratives.” Language Arts Journal of Michigan. (2013): 44-49.
Fueling the Spectacle: Audience as ‘Gamemaker’” in Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games, edited by Leisa Clark and Mary Pharr. McFarland Publishers, 2012.
“Shakespeare Gets Graphic: Staging the Bard in Comics, Graphic Novels and Manga” in Locating Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Kelli Marshall and Gabrielle Malcolm. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
“Weighing the Options: Public School Teaching to Doctorate in English Education.” The Doctoral Degree in English Education ed. Allen Webb. Kennesaw, GA: Kennesaw University Press, 2008.