• Ph.D., English, Rhetoric & Composition, Fall 2004-Fall 2008, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Dissertation—Female Fabrications: An Examination of the Public and Private Aspects of Nüshu, Fall 2008

Available at

  • M.A., English, Fall 2001-Summer 2004, Dual concentration, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Composition-Rhetoric, California State University Stanislaus (CSUS), Turlock, CA
  • Single-Subject Credential-English, Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development, 2000-2005, CSUS
  • B.A., English with concentration in TESOL, Minor in Spanish, Fall 1995-Winter 2000, CSUS


Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013

Teach undergraduate writing and rhetoric courses:

–General writing courses: ENGL 1203 Freshman Composition I and ENGL 1213 Freshman Composition II; create collaboration between my classes and English Language Services

–Rhetoric courses: RHET 3503 Writing Arguments (Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013); RHET 3603 Writing for the Workplace (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012); RHET 4503: Arguing Public Issues (Fall 2012); RHET 3403: History of Rhetoric (Fall 2013); RHET 3203: Textual Research Methods (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)

Advise English, English with Teacher Licensure, and Rhetoric & Writing students (2011-2013); attend faculty advising sessions to stay updated

Attend Rhetoric and Writing committee meetings (monthly); represent department during Majors Fair (Sept. 2010, Sept. 2011)

Read essays for ENGL 1203/1213 assessment

Hiring Committee Member for Visiting English Professor (June 2011)

Hiring Committee Member for Rhetoric and Writing Professor (Spring 2012)

Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010

Taught undergraduate writing courses

–General writing courses: ENGL 191 Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing and supplemental version with group tutoring

–Upper-division writing courses for varying majors: ENGL 331 Advanced Expository Writing (changed to “Advanced Academic Writing”) and ENGL 333 Advanced Civic Writing

–read ENGL 191 Exemption portfolios

Instructor for Upward Bound Program, Bowling Green State University, July-Aug 2008

Taught thematic English courses to students from local urban high schools

ESL Tutor, Bryan High School, Bryan, OH, May-June 2008

Helped 2 newly-arrived Chinese students practice/improve English language skills

Administrative Assistant/Extracurricular Program Coordinator for ESL Office, BGSU, Fall 2006-Spring 2008

–Prepared office documents and testing materials; corresponded with students, ESL instructors, and undergraduate/ graduate advisors

–Coordinated extracurricular programs such as Cross-Cultural Conversation Connection, Family English, and American Culture through Film

General Studies Writing Instructor and Placement Reader, ENG 111 and 112, BGSU, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

Taught first-year writing courses based on portfolio system; read and placed essays

Writing Consultant, BGSU Writing Center, BGSU, Fall 2004-Spr. 2005, Sum. 2008

Assisted university/community members in academic/technical writing, communication skills, and TSE & GRE preparation

Teaching Assistant, ENGL 1002, First-Year Composition, Cal State University Stanislaus, Fall 2003-Spring 2004

Prepared first year students for college-level writing with computers; Created writing activities and workshops; Read, gave feedback, and assessed student writing

Teaching Assistant, ENGL 0111, Writers Workshop, CSU Stanislaus, Fall 2002-Spring 2003

Prepared developmental writers for First Year Composition-assigned reading and writing activities; Read and gave feedback on their essays to be submitted in their writing Portfolios

English Teacher, Modesto Summer School, Henshaw Middle School, Modesto, CA Summer 2001

Taught reading, writing, and communication skills; Prepared lessons, took attendance, and assessed learning through homework and class work.

English Teacher, Manteca High School, August 2000 to June 2001

Instructed sophomore students in reading, writing, and communication skills; Prepared lessons, took attendance, communicated with students/parents, and assessed learning by homework and class work.

Credential Field Work, CSU Stanislaus, Fall 1999-Spring 2000

Individual Instruction-junior high and high school ESL Students, Oct. 1999-Dec. 1999

Classroom Instruction-regular and ESL junior high and high school students, Feb.-June 2000

Tutor/Teaching Intern, American Language & Culture Program, CSUS-Spring 1998-Summer 2000, Fall 2001-Winter 2002

Taught grammar, reading, writing, listening & speaking, and workshops for the TOEFL

Writing Tutor with CSU Stanislaus Writing Center, Fall 1997-Spring 1999, Fall 2001-Summer 2004

Aided university/ESL students in improving general writing, editing, and grammar skills;

Prepared students for the Writing Proficiency Screening Test, CBEST and GRE;

Represented CSUS Writing Center in workshops for Liberal Studies students, Spring 2002

Private Tutor, Fall 1995-Summer 2008

Assisted college students, high school students, and grade school students with English-related school work to help them improve their reading, writing, and communication skills



“‘Neophobic Ned Needs Neoteny’: Neuroses and Child’s Play.” The Television World of Pushing Daisies. Ed. Alissa Burger. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011.

“Sustaining Women’s Culture and Preserving a ‘Secret’ Script.” The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context 8.4 (2013): 89-98.

Works in Progress:

Chapter for edited collection on The Big Bang Theory: “The Androgeny of Rajesh Koothrapali.” Edited by Nadine Farghaly & Eden Leone. To be published with McFarland.

Chapter for edited collection on zombies with Dr. Bradley Wiggins: “Structuration and Sustainability: Lessons from The Walking Dead.” Edited by David (Jim) Nemeth and Brian Anse Patrick.

Edited collection: A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and Its Fandom. To be published with McFarland in 2014:


  • “Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Students” with Dr. Brenda Ross and Dr. Bradley Wiggins, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UAFS, Weidman Center, Nov. 7, 2012.
  • “Structuration and Sustainability: Lessons from The Walking Dead” with Dr. Bradley Wiggins, Arkansas Philological Association, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Hot Springs, AR, Oct. 19, 2012.
  • “Clandestine Craft: The Phenomenon of Nüshu.” UAFS Scholar Series, UAFS, Echols Conference Center, Mar. 3, 2011.
  • “Nostalgic Learning and Play in a Multi-Function Writing Classroom.” Minnesota Colleges and Universities English and Writing conference. St. Paul College, MN, Apr. 2010.
  • “Embroidery as Chinese Women’s Ways of Knowing and Writing” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) conference, Michigan State University, MI, Oct. 2009
  • “Another Tool for the Box: Equipping Writing Tutors with Rhetoric” International Writing Centers Association, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 2008
  • “Following the Script: An Examination of the Materiality of Nüshu as Civic Discourse” Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) conference, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR, Oct 2007
  • “Caesuras through the Centuries: How Examinations of Silence Can Blur the Line between Politics and Poetics” Battleground States: Intersections between Poetics and Politics conference, BGSU, OH, Mar. 2007
  • “W4nna Ch@t?: Instant Me$$enger and Other Outside Literacies as Pedagogy Beyond the Cla$$room.” CCCC, New York, NY, Mar. 2007
  • “Question of the Century: What More Can Writing Centers Do?” East Central Writing Centers Association, BGSU, OH, Mar. 2007
  • “Multi-genre Writing in the ESL Classroom,” Northern CSU English Graduate Student Conference: “Shifting Texts: Transitions in Literature, Language, & Writing,” CSU Stanislaus, Turlock, CA, Oct. 2003

Conferences Attended:

–Rhetoric Society of America conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2010.

–CCCC, Chicago, IL March 2006, March 2009

–Computers & Writing Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, June 2005

–Conference for East Central Writing Centers Association, Adrian, MI, Apr. 2005

–Workshop for Multigenre Writing with Tom Romano in Manteca, CA, January 2003

Saroyan TESOL conference in Fresno, CA, Summer 2002

On-campus presentations/workshops attended:

-Mr. Tim O’Brien, Read This program guest speaker, UAFS, Stubblefield Stadium, Mar. 2014.

-Dr. Cammie Sublette.

-Dr. Temple Grandin, Read This program guest speaker, UAFS, Stubblefield Stadium, Mar. 11, 2013.

–Dr. Kimberly Robinson, Dr. Becky Timmons, and Dr. Todd Timmons, “Preparing for Promotion: Connecting the Teaching and Learning Section of the Promotional Portfolio to Student Learning,” UAFS,  Pendergraft Health Sciences Center, Jan. 25, 2013.

–Ms. Yolanda Carr, Dr. Jill Guerra, Prof. Tom Wing, Prof. Katie Harper, Prof. John Martini, “Successful Grant Writing: Techniques that Work.” Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UAFS,  Pendergraft Health Sciences Center, June 20, 2012.

–Dr. Sandhya Baviskar, Dr. Michael Kithinji, Dr. Williams Yamkam, and Dr. Nicha Otero, “Conversations on Culture:  Integrating an International Perspective into our Classes.” Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UAFS, Latture Conference Center, June 14, 2012.

–Mrs. Eva Kor, CANDLES Holocaust Museum, Read This program guest speaker, UAFS, Breedlove Auditorium, Feb. 21, 2012.

–Dr. Monica Luebke & Dr. Joe Hardin, “Incorporating Writing to Increase Student Learning,” Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning-Symposia on Teaching Series, Rhetoric & Writing, UAFS, Latture Conference Center, Feb. 15, 2012.

–Dr. Bradley Wiggins, “E-Learning Design and Intercultural Issues,” Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning-Emerging Scholar Series, Media Communication, UAFS, Weidman Center, Jan. 18, 2012.

–Dr. Takanori Shibata, AIST Japan, Distinguished Global Speaker Series, UAFS, Weidman Center, Oct. 21, 2011.

–Dr. Julie Kane, Northwestern State University, Poet Laureate of Louisiana, UAFS, Breedlove Auditorium, Oct. 20, 2011.

–Ms. Yoko Kowata, Japanese Program, UAFS, Vines 224. Oct. 18, 2011

–Dr. Sky Zhang, Instructional Support, Blackboard Training, UAFS, Oct. 2011

–Dr. Lindsy Lawrence, Assistant Professor, English Dept. WordPress Workshop, UAFS, Feb. 8, 2011.

–Mr. Ichiro Fukue, Senior Executive VP of Mitsubishi, Distinguished Global Speaker Series, UAFS, Reynolds Room, Oct. 7, 2010.

–Dr. Mark Harris, English Language Services President and CEO, Distinguished Global Speaker Series, UAFS, Weidman Center, Sept. 24, 2010.

–Dr. Kathy Wright & Mr. Clint Brooks, Instructional Support, Blackboard Training, UAFS, Oct. 2010.


  • Member of MLA and Rhetoric Society of America, Spring 2005-present
  • Member of National Council of Teachers of English, 2000, 2004-present
  • Member of Research Network Forum and Graduate Research Network, 2005-2008
  • Award for one of the Minority Women of the Year in Stanislaus County, CA, 1999
  • California State University Stanislaus Dean’s List, Spring 1996, Fall 1998, Fall 1999


–Member of Institutional Research Board, UAFS, Fall 2012-present.

–Member of College Majors and Alumni Committee, College of Languages and Communication, UAFS, Fall 2011-present.

–Member of Academic Integrity Committee, College of Languages and Communication, UAFS, Fall 2011-Spring 2012, Fall 2012-present.

–Judge for English Department presentations at Undergraduate Research Symposium, UAFS, Apr. 15, 2011 and Apr. 13, 2012.

–Millenials Teaching Circle, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Spring 2012.

–Faculty Advisor for UAFS Cultural Network, UAFS, Fall 2010-present

–Faculty Advisor for International Chinese Students Association, SCSU, Fall 2008-Spring 2010

–Chair of Academic Affairs, Graduate Student Senate, BGSU, Fall 2006-Spring 2008

-Served on Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Affairs & Student Legal Services Board and

2 ad-hoc committees for teaching assistant training programs;

-Second webmaster for Graduate Student Senate website

-Reviewer for Professional Development Funding applications, Fall 2006

-Volunteered for Graduate Student Professional Development Day, Spring 2007

-Gave conference presentation for Food for Thought program, Spring 2007

-Presented award and coordinated music for Graduate Student Awards, Spring 2007

–English Department Senator, BGSU Graduate Student Senate, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

–Student Representative for BGSU English Department Graduate Committee,  Spring 2006

–Vice President for CSU Stanislaus Chinese Student Association, 1998-1999

–Secretary for CSUS Chinese Student Association, 1997-1998


–“The Secret ‘Language’ of NuShu.” class for UA Fayetteville Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Global Campus, Room 409, Nov. 12 and 14, 2013.

–Participation in UAFS Sigma Tau Delta’s activities, 2012-present.

–Editor for TzuChi Foundation: translate their Chinese articles into English or do a second check for their English editors, 2011-present.

–Peer Reviewer for Common Ground Publishing’s academic articles, 2013.

–Tea Time, UAFS International Office, Campus Center, September, October, November 2012.

–Participation in UAFS Faculty vs. Students Flag Football Team, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, and Fall 2013.

–Participation in UAFS International Festival, April 1, 2011. Stubblefield Center, UAFS

–Collaborations with English Language Services (Fall 2010-Fall 2013)

–Editor for international colleagues’ publications, theses, dissertations, 2009-present.

–TOEFL, TSE, and GRE preparation for international students, Fall 2004-Summer 2008

–Emcee for Chinese Students & Scholars events at BGSU (Chinese New Year & Mid-Autumn Festival),    Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008

–Secretary of English for Stanislaus Chinese Association, Dec. 2003-Dec. 2004

–Mandarin Teacher, Chinese School, Modesto, CA Jan. 2003-July 2004

–Volunteer for Stanislaus Chinese Association, CA for the International Festival and holiday events

(Translator, Secretary, MC for events)

–Presenter for elementary schools on Chinese culture, Turlock and Modesto, CA Spring 2004

–Volunteer/Spanish Translator for TzuChi Foundation’s Health Clinic, Fresno, CA-July and Aug 2002


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