207-C Armstrong Hall
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder (2006)
M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder (2001)
B.S.E.E., Black Hills State University (1998)
Public argument and deliberation, vernacular rhetoric, language and social interaction, discourse analysis, pedagogy, and knowledge management.
At MNSU I am teaching Introduction to Communication Studies; Introduction to Argument; Communication, Technology, and Culture; Methods of Teaching and Methods of Coaching; Teaching Communication Online; and Professional Communication. I have also taught courses in Rhetorical Theory, Public Deliberation, Public Address, and many others.
I came to MNSU after teaching for nine years at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. My interests in communication and the courses I have taught are very broad, but the common thread is understanding how we use language and interaction to influence others, build relationships, and understand the world around us. This connects research I have done on the way juvenile offenders express their identities and how members of the public reason about complex issues. First and foremost, I am a teacher; I love taking complex subjects and difficult readings and working through them with students to help them understand and apply new knowledge.