Research interests include form and theory of creative nonfiction, inquiry-based learning, the research paper, composition theory.
Unpublished work in composition theory and form and theory of creative nonfiction
A talk given at the Associated Writing Program conference in Minneapolis in April, 2015.
A speech given at the writing pedagogy conference Classroom Matters at the University of Florida in February, 2013.
What happens when students undertake research projects on topics they know little about? Unpublished.
A talk given at the AWP conference in March 2012.
A speech given at Portland State University in April, 2012.
A talk at the Readers and Writers Rendezvous in Boise, Idaho, in May 2012.
A talk to writing instructors at Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2013.
A personal meditation on the nature of remembering as understood through the literary traditions of contemporary Indian writers. Published in College English.
The experience of taking a class with one of the great writing teachers, Donald M. Murray. Published in Writing on the Edge.
Published in Genre by Example: Writing What We Teach (ed. David Starkey), "The Importance of Writing Badly" demonstrates how journal work can generate an academic essay.
How students can use photography in a composition class to understand writing concepts like revision and focus. Appeared in The Subject is Research (ed. by Wendy Bishop and Pavel Zemliansky).
What it's like for a man to teach other men in a writing classroom. Published in the journal PRE/TEXT.
Murray's legacy in the field of composition studies. Published in College English.
Chapter 4 from Beyond Note Cards: Rethinking the Freshman Research Paper. It argues for teaching the research essay rather than the research paper.
Let's Stop Thesis Tyranny
Less an argument against a the thesis statement than an argument for the equal importance of questions. Appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education in July, 2013.
Citations on theory, history, criticism, and pedagogies of the personal essay. Updated May, 2012.