As an Assistant Professor in the Division of the Humanities, I currently teach undergraduate and graduate writing courses under the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. In 2013, I received my PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from the Department of English at Virginia Tech. Before coming to Tech, I received an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Maryland in 2008. My research interests include visual rhetoric, collaborative composing processes, and discourse studies, both in the classroom and in extracurricular writing communities. My personal interest in comics has brought me to the study of dominant discourse and the rhetorical strategies employed by alternative discourse to challenge dominance through perspectival change. My doctoral dissertation is a study of the multimodal collaborative composing processes of teams of comic book authors (e.g. writers, artists, publishers, etc.). As a teacher of writing, I incorporate my research interests by introducing students to ever-broadening definitions of writing, literacy, and text.