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Degree Program University
Ph.D. Rhetoric and Composition Ohio University
M.A. English Marshall University
B.A. English Marshall University

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2011 - Now Associate Professor of English Siena College
2006 - 2011 Graduate Teaching Associate Ohio University
2004 - 2006 Graduate Teaching Associate Marshall University

Articles & Book Reviews

  • The Webster County Blues: An Exploration of the Educational Attitudes of a Poor Appalachian Community
    Community Literacy Journal, vol. 2
    Fall, 2007

Awards & Distinctions

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    Category: Research
    The Working Class Studies Association, 2012
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    Category: Teaching
    Ohio University, 2009
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    Category: Research
    Marshall University, 2006
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    Category: Teaching
    Marshall University, 2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • 12 Rounds in Lo's Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia
    University of Virginia Press
    2018
  • The Oxford Handbook of Hip-Hop Studies

    2018
  • Re-Reading Appalachia
    University of Kentucky Press
    2015
  • The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity.
    McFarland
    2014
  • Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism
    Praegar
    2013

Presentations

  • 12 Rounds in Lo's Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia
    2018
    Appalachian Studies Association, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 12 Rounds in Lo's Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia
    2018
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas, City, Missouri
  • Fighting Noah Milton
    2017
    Conference of the Sport Literature Association, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Writing About Fighting: Rhetoric and Working-Class Appalachian Masculinity
    2016
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, Texas
  • "I Ain't No College Boy: Voices from Hip-Hop's Dirty South"
    2015
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, Florida
  • "Soundtrack to Hip-Hop Values: Family, Feminism, and Education."
    March, 2014
    Sponsored by Damietta Cross Cultural Center, Loudonville, New York
  • Spatial Rhetorics of Identity: Hip-Hop's Impact on Working-Class Appalachian College Students
    March, 2014
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity -- Visiting Writer
    2014
    Sponsored by The Marshall University Visiting Writers Series, Huntington, West Virginia
  • The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity -- Visiting Writer
    2014
    Sponsored by the Ohio University English Department, Athens, Ohio
  • The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity -- Visiting Writer
    2014
    Sponsored by the Virginia Military Institute English Department, Lexington, Virginia
  • Faces of Hip-Hop: A Discussion of Race and Identity
    November, 2013
    Sponsored by Damietta Cross Cultural Center, Loudonville, New York
  • "Rhetoric(s) of the College Diploma: Acadmic Ethos in Rural Appalachia."
    March, 2013
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "The Hillbilly as Rhetorical Myth: (Re)framing Appalachian Identity."
    May, 2012
    15th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • "College is Not a Fairytale: Re-Reading First-Year Writing."
    March, 2012
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, Missouri
  • "The Hillbilly Speaks of Rhetoric."
    March, 2012
    English Department Colloquium, Loudonville, New York
  • "Barack Obama and the New Political Conversation with Hip-Hop Culture."
    April, 2011
    College English Association of Ohio – Spring Conference, Athens, Ohio
  • "Contesting Hillbilly Identity: Appalachia and the American Imagination."
    April, 2011
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta, Georgia
  • "Writing with The Working Hands of Society: Critical-Rhetorical Inquiry and Localized Pedagogy."
    October, 2010
    Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, Kentucky
  • "Appalachian Culture and Rhetoric-Based Learning: New Horizons on the Critical Pedagogy Landscape."
    April, 2010
    College English Association of Ohio – Spring Conference, Columbus, Ohio
  • "Writing Identity: Rhetoric(s) of Appalachian Lives."
    March, 2010
    Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, Kentucky
  • "Digital Rhetoric: Unlocking Hip-Hop Literacy's Potential in the Composition Classroom"
    April, 2009
    The Ohio State University Expanding Literacy Studies Conference, Columbus, Ohio
  • "Making 'Invisible Administrators' Visible: (Re) Designing the GSA Position"
    March, 2009
    College English Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • "The Rhetoric of Hip-Hop Culture: (Re) Defining Text in the Composition Classroom"
    October, 2008
    Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, Kentucky
  • "Bad People use Bad Grammar: How Students Respond to Student Error"
    April, 2008
    College English Association of Ohio – Spring Conference, Columbus, Ohio
  • "The Hillbilly Speaks of Rhetoric: Negotiating Identity in the Introductory Composition Classroom":
    April, 2007
    College English Association of Ohio – Spring Conference, Columbus, Ohio
  • "The Webster County Blues: An Exploration of the Educational Attitudes of a Poor Appalachian Community":
    October, 2006
    Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Louisville, Kentucky