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Before coming to West Virginia, I was serving as the director of Technical Communication at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In the Fall of 2007 I joined the English Department at WVU as an assistant professor and the coordinator for their Professional Writing and Editing Program.

Prior to completing my Ph.D., I was a senior software engineer for Philips Medical Systems designing user-interfaces for web-based radiology applications and specializing in human computer interaction. This past work experience ties to my current research interests which include professional and technical communication, digital literacy and hypertext theory, intellectual property and authorship, and open source development communities.

Recent publications:

"Requirements Specifications and Anticipating User Needs: Methods and Warnings on Writing Development Narratives for New Software.” Technical Communication. Vol. 57, No. 1, p. 26-43. Feb. 2010.

“English and Engineering, Pedagogy and Politics.” Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing. Eds. David Franke, Alex Reid, and Anthony Di Renzo. pp. 219-229. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2010.

“Hacker Ethics & Firefox Extensions: Writing & Teaching the ‘Grey’ Areas of Web 2.0.” Computers and Composition Online special issue. Randall McClure, Michael Day, and Mike Palmquist, guest editors, 2009.

“In Defense of Obfuscation: Questioning Open Source and a New Perspective on Teaching Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom.” Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making, and Fair Use. Ed. Steve Westbrook. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, April 2009

“Writing in the Disciplines versus Corporate Workplaces: On the Importance of Conflicting Disciplinary Discourses in the Open Source Movement and the Value of Intellectual Property.” Across the Disciplines. Guest ed. Karen Lunsford, Jan. 2009

“Professional Writing and a ‘Whole New Mind’: Engaging with Ethics, Intellectual Property, Design, and Globalization." IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. Ed. Kim Sydow Campbell, Sept. 2008

“On Critical Literacy: Maintaining an ‘Open’ Discourse on Technology and Intellectual Property in the Professional Communication Classroom.” Conference Proceedings (peer reviewed) IEEE International Professional Communication Conference. July, 2008.

“Greasemonkey and a Challenge to Notions of Authorship.” Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives. Eds. Kirk St. Amant and Brian Still. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2007.

Among other projects I am currently researching and writing a textbook, Technical Communication for Engineers under contract with Prentice-Hall.