As the inaugural Director of Thesis and Dissertation Support Services in the Graduate School at N.C. State, I provide scholarly writing instruction and information on best practices for graduate students to develop life-long scholarly writers. Our goal is to increase thesis and dissertation completion rates for our students and decrease the time it takes them to obtain their degrees. I design and lead workshops, dissertation institutes, seminars on grad school best practices and other events to advance student work on degree completion; coach individual students in their writing; and partner with appropriate groups across campus to help with graduate student success.
I earned my Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media here at N.C. State. My dissertation research focused on the shift to open access in the sciences and the influence that movement is having on the genre of the scientific research article. My project is a case study of open access journals in biology using rhetorical genre analysis theory and methods. Beyond my dissertation, my research agenda also includes rhetoric of science and technology, genre theory, open access, and higher education administration. My work has appeared in the journals Environmental Communication, Communication Monographs, First Monday, and Enculturation.