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Work experience

Aug 2008Present


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Courses Taught:Freshman Composition I & II, Conversational ESL, Western Humanities I (Western World Literature through 1600).ESL Computer Lab administrator/ESL Globe editor.  Co-teaching portions of Postmodern Rhetorics (senior level seminar class) with Dr. Heather Palmer in Spring of 2009.

Jan 2006Present

IT Consultant

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Duties and Responsibilities:  Designed and implemented a grant-funded podcasting program to improve reference instruction.Assisted reference faculty in the creation of instructional movies and flash video files.Coordinated with other members of the IT team to distribute podcasts via the library website and through the iPod distribution system.Created the library "commercial" for USTU101 (University Life) and coordinated the distribution of media for podcasting via web 2.0 technologies such as

Jan 2006Jul 2008

Adjunct Faculty

Courses Taught:  Freshman Composition I, Western Humanities I (Western World Literature through 1600), Conversational ESL.

Jul 2008Jul 2008

Workshop Assistant

In July of 2008, I assisted Dr. Lauren Ingraham in conducting a workshop entitled, "Reading Nonfiction, Reading the World:  Preparing Middle and High School Students for Academic Success and Informed Citizenship."  In addition to working through the logistics of the workshop, I also taught a day long session on reading film as a nonfiction document.

Aug 2006Dec 2007

Graduate Research Assistant

For Dr. Joyce Smith:

Assisted in research for conference papers and presentations.  Assisted in the creation of a revised set of curriculum standards for the English Graduate Program.  Created and published the UTC English Graduate Student Resource webpage.  Designed and distributed the UTC English graduate program brochure.

For Dr. Eileen Meagher:

Assisted in the preparation of a book manuscript.  Assisted in the revision of curriculum standards for the English Graduate Program.  Worked as a program liason between the UTC Graduate School and the UTC Department of English.

Jan 2006Dec 2006

Lupton Library Day Circulation Supervisor

Duties and Responsibilities:  Preformed duties as day circulation supervisor including supervision of 5 staff workers and 3 student workers.Coordinated and led weekly circulation department meetings, worked with the Dean of the library and the department heads from Reference and Instruction and Stacks Maintenance to ensure patron satisfaction and safety.Designed and implemented numerous safety plans for library policy.

Aug 2004May 2005

Secondary English / SUCCESS Teacher

Northwest Whitfield High School

Courses Taught:9th and 10th Grade English Literature, SUCCESS (a life skills program for at-risk teens).

Jun 2003Jul 2004

Secondary English / Social Studies Teacher

Calhoun County High School

Courses Taught:10th Grade English Literature, 11th Grade Economics, 10th Grade World History, 11th Grade U.S. History

May 2002May 2003

ESL Instructor

I.T.C. Language Institute

Courses Taught:Introductory ESL, Conversational ESL for Advanced Students, IntermediateGrammar.

Aug 1999May 2002

Research Assistant II

Duties and Responsiblities:  Oversaw the selective sampling of various clover and grass species at four farms spread throughout different regions of the state of Georgia.Tabulated data from soil and yield tests, prepared conference presentations, and co-implemented quality control standards in forage research practices.


I absolutely love music, but I am especially interested in new forms of post-rock and other eclectica that challenge the conventional narrative of song.   I am an avid outdoorsperson.  I am especially interested in moving somewhere with a lot of natural resources as I have hiked/camped through most of the areas around Chattanooga.  Some of my favorite places include Savage Gulf, the Cohutta Wilderness and the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.  I am also a fan of swimming in rivers and springs (never pools!).   Finally, I enjoy spending time with my wife playing video games (Rock Band or a good dungeon crawler) and travelling.  We are Japanophiles, so dreaming of moving "over there" takes up a lot of our time.
  My current research interests include: Collaborative authoring and the web, electronic writing environments, epistemic rhetoric, theories of postmodern consumption, rhetorics of marginalized youth subcultures, Marxist criticism, ecocriticism, Sophistic rhetoric, and English as a second language. In the past I have worked with African and Russian literatures as well as composition pedagogy. In the future, I hope to extend research into ecocriticism, environmental rhetorics and the rhetoric of web 2.0 / new media.  
  Rhetoric and Composition, Reading Arguments in New and Emerging Media, The Influence of the Web in the Composition Classroom, Ancient Rhetoric, Western World Literature, English as a Second Language  


Jason Griffey

Theresa Liedtka

Dr. Joe Wilferth

Dr. Joyce Smith

Dr. Lauren Ingraham

Student Media

My Media

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Graduate Student in English.The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2007

Best Research Paper - Graduate Student Research Day - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2007

Sally B. Young English Scholarship - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2007

Dean's List - 4.0 Average - Program of English,  2005-2007

Conference Presentations

"God Must Be Dead If You're Alive : The Dead Kennedys, Fantasy Themes and the Construction of Politipunks Rhetorical Sphere." Popular Culture Association of the South. Jacksonville, FL. Fall 2007.

"Comparative Rhetorics in Contemporary West African Cinema." ETSO Conference at Middle Tennessee State University. Murfreesboro, TN. Spring 2007.

"Political Punk and the Creation of Rhetorical Space: The Dead Kennedys 1978-1986." GSRD Conference at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chattanooga, TN. Spring 2007.

"The Transatlantic Appeal of Washington Irving's Sketchbook." The Conference of the Tennessee Philological Association. Chattanooga, TN. Fall 2006.

Creative Media / Publishing

MyCompLab Tutorials - December 2008

I created a series of 15 MyCompLab screencast tutorials for faculty and students for Pearson Publishing that explained how to harness the power of MCL's e-writing environment.  Talks are ongoing to genericize this model for the broader MyCompLab users around the country.

UTC English Electronic Classroom Manual - December 2008

I created a lab manual that serves as a quick reference for English composition teachers teaching in our electronic classroom.  This classroom contains 20 iMac desktops, a SmartBoard, an overhead projector and a DocuCam.

UTC Lupton Library Commercial - June - August 2008

You can see this commercial by checking the "My Media" link on the right hand column.  I used the Adobe CS3 Master Collection (specifically, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro) to create this piece. 

UTC English Department - Ongoing

In my position in the UTC English Department, I develop tutorials and screencasts for improving teacher software use; furthermore, I also create media that allows students to better understand electronic writing environments.

Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations

College Composition and Communication

PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators)

National Council of Teachers of English

Service and Outreach

University Service

Search Committee for New Hire, Multiple Instances, UTC Lupton Library, 2006.

IT Council, UTC Lupton Library, 2006-2007.

Head, UTC Composition Teaching Group Three, 2007.



BT-4 Educators Certificate - State of Georgia - Secondary English - exp. 2008

TEFL Certificate - ITC Language Institute - Prague, CZ - 6/2002