Academic, baseline, civic, and information literacies; news media's role in the public sphere; propaganda and fake news; first-year composition; writing program administration; applying Stasis Theory to teaching research and writing; critical thinking and logical fallacies; Kenneth Burke's theory on identification and division in relation to political power and influence.
Although I was born in northern Indiana, I grew up in the Detroit suburbs. I began my professional life as a weekly newspaper reporter in rural parts of Florida and Michigan and finished at a weekly newspaper chain based in Detroit's northeastern suburbs. I have served as a secondary teacher of English and social studies for about eight years in both suburban and urban schools. For seven years, I was an adjunct English professor at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland, where I taught freshman composition and research writing.
The intersection of academic, baseline, civic, and information literacies in first-year composition; the rhetorical practices and agency of the Bonus Army; and academic labor issues (particularly contingent faculty).