After completing my PhD in Fort Worth, Texas, I lived in Tennessee, Ohio, and Alaska before coming to Chicago in 2011. My husband, who teaches philosophy at Illinois State University, and I have a daughter, who was born in Anchorage. We also have a dog, Freddie, and two cats, Drusilla and Ziggy.
I have been a writer as far back as I can remember, even before I could write words with the alphabet. I still have my diary that I had in second grade. Before coming to academia, I was a sports journalist and have always loved basketball.
I keep busy when not at work baking bread, reading detective fiction, walking my dog, and writing a blog, "Cancer is Not a Gift" at the ChicagoNow site.
After completing the PhD in English in 1989 from Texas Christian University, I turned my attention to scholarship about epideictic rhetoric (speeches of praise and blame), disciplinary issues that have troubled composition and rhetoric, and about how "rhetorical listening" might help us understand health care disparities.
Along with many other colleagues at GSU, I helped to build the new GE program and to develop the first-year writing curriculum.
In addition, I am Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, which sponsors the Writing Fellows program, and I support the work of the Center for the Junior Year.