Ph.D. Rhetoric and Communication: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1998. GPA 4.0. Dissertation Chair: David Porush. Readers: James Zappen, Tamar Gordon, Audrey Steinhauer. Outside Reader: Cynthia Selfe.
Dissertation: The Ballad of the Internet Nutball. www.nutball.com/dissertation
Online ethnography & rhetorical analysis was first Web-based hypertext dissertation accepted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1998. Since then the permanent site has received international recognition and is required reading in graduate seminars both within & outside the USA, receiving international trAce award (UK), Dec 2000. Author interviewed in New York Times article on cult TV in 2000. Research was subject of a visual rhetoric study by Mary E. Hocks in June 2003 issue of the Journal of College Composition and Communication.
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1990 (sixty credit terminal degree). Thesis: Darkroom Glories poetry manuscript.
Bachelor of Arts: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1985.
Major: Journalism. Minor: English.
SPECIALTIES, RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
Weblogs & Micropublishing, Cyberculture & VR, Social Network Computing, Interface Design & Usability, Interaction Design, Hypermedia & Multimedia Communication Theory, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Computers & Composition, Rhetorical Theory and Analysis, Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Ethnographic Research Methods, Professional/Technical Communication, Electronic Journalism, Public Relations, Literary Journalism, Photojournalism, Poetry, Nonfiction, & Fiction Workshops
Proficiency (able to teach): Movable Type, TypePad, Avstar & iNews; Director, Flash, & Dreamweaver; Photoshop; Illustrator & Freehand; PageMaker & Quark; Excel; FileMaker Pro; HTML & CSS.