I’ve lived in LaGrange, Georgia, since 1996, but grew up in Franklin, Georgia (population 902). Don’t know where Franklin is? That’s okay. Most people don’t.
I earned my MA in English from the University of Georgia. For the last 16 years, I’ve taught college English, and recently became a full-time instructor at the University of West Georgia. In 2007, my article “The Imaginary South of Country-Western Music” appeared in Postscript. My current research includes the visual rhetoric of first-year composition syllabi, and an online professional practice and communication seminar for pre-licensed architects (joint project with Val Williams, AIA, ACHA).
For four years, I worked as a professional actor. Past roles have included the Evil Angel in Dr. Faustus (Tal-Kasia/Sensurround, 2002), Phoebe McCready in the world premiere of Sandra Hughes’ Bride of Bangor (EstroFest/Seen + Heard, 2001), Professor in A Tale of Two Writers (2008), and Dr. Lane in Pomp and Circumstances (student film, 2011). The invaluable training and experience I gained while working as an actor ensure my confident, calm presence and creativity in public speaking, conference presentations, voiceovers, and workshops.
I came to the Information Design & Communication (IDC) program at Southern Polytechnic in August 2011 for a skills update. In December 2012, I completed the Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication. In January 2013, I began my MSIDC coursework, and aim to graduate in December 2014. I’m a member of ASTD and STC.
When I’m not studying or grading papers, I spend time with my family and pets. My sister is my lifelong best friend. Oh, and I write like mad in my spare time. In June 2012, I challenged myself to post something substantial every day of the month. The experience taught me a lot about my writing process, and I chronicled it here.
In case this isn’t quite enough, here’s my LinkedIn profile (opens in new window).