Perpetually curious about what it takes to write well, for over forty years, I have wrestled with questions and teaching strategies based on two core beliefs: that anyone can write well and that any piece of writing can become effective. Since 1993, as the Seattle University Writing Center Director, I have invested those beliefs most in helping over 200 SU undergraduate writing consultants learn skillful means of helping students successfully negotiate all sorts of writing tasks. Invested in bringing writing center professionals into dialogue, I served as a founding board member and President of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association. Assignment design across-the-curriculum and the impact of writing center work on undergraduates are my primary current research interests. Though my interest in writing-across- the-curriculum is informed by my having taught most of the types writing courses offered on American college campuses, beyond my writing center work, I am most devoted to teaching reflective writing and creative non-fiction. Beyond my work as Writing Center Director, I enjoy consulting privately with academics, university students, and other writers whom I engage in inspiring work that produces dynamic writing.
Director of the Writing Center and Lecturer in English, Seattle University 1993-presentStudy Skills Instructor (part-time), Shoreline Community College, 1990-1999Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Writing Program, University of Washington, 1990-1992Academic Advisor and Tutorial Coordinator, University of Washington, 1987-1990Tenured English Instructor, Peninsula College, 1983-1987
Founding Treasurer and Past President, Pacific Northwest Writing Centers AssociationOutstanding Contract Faculty Member, College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle UniversityBoard Member and Secretary, Washington Community and Technical College Humanities AssociationEducation Professions Development Act Fellow, University of Iowa
BA in English, University of Washington MA in English, University of IowaEdS in Higher Education, University of Iowa
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