To paraphrase Dr. Strangelove, I’m a print journalist who learned to stop worrying and love the World Wide Web.
I’m a former Austin American-Statesman “Sixth Street Beat” columnist, dance and feature staff writer. I’m also a vet of many wonderful, now-defunct publications including McCall’s magazine (in business for over 100 years until its demise at the turn of the last century) and Civilization (for the Library of Congress) and noofanglemedia.com‘s shopperati.com (although its GreenRightNow.com channel is prospering).
I’ve had freelanced stories published in all major Texas newspapers and I’ve taught American history, journalism and academic writing at St. Edward’s University. I’ve been a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors since 1999, and have taught writing skills and mass communications courses at Austin Community College.
To update my writing pedagogy for the 21st century digital era, I completed a second graduate degree in December 2013, a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas State University. Course concentrations included using digital/new media literacies and pop culture references with developmental writing and English Comp I and II students to foster critical thinking and inspired writing; writing center administration theory and practice, and digital humanities. Areas of interest: American civic and media literacy, creative nonfiction including memoir, and quality distance learning programs.
For detailed information about my teaching philosophy, please see my Academic ePortfolio.
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