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First Year Seminar
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University
MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia Wesleyan College
MA in English from Morehead State University
BA in English from Pikeville College
Member of the Appalachian Studies Association Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Communication Committee
Collaborate Within Its Boundaries, College Composition and Communication Conference, March 2020
“More Common Than Common: Students as Content Creators in FYE,” National Resource Center Conference on First Year Experience, February 2020”
“Forming Solid Foundations: Creating a Culture of Engagement for First-Gen Students and Families,” Eastern Kentucky University Gen 1 Conference, November 2019
Short Story: “Marrowbone,” Still: The Journal, Summer 2017
Essay: “Robbing the Headlines: Repurposing True Events in Fiction,” Appalachian Heritage, Summer 2016
Short Story: “Parasite,” Kudzu Literary Journal, Spring 2016
2016 winner of the Gurney Norman Prose Prize
Creative Writing and literary theory research
Student Success and leadership with a focus on the Appalachian region
Theories of Grit and Mindset
Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society