I have my PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University, where I studied learning spaces and rhetoric and composition. I have over twelve years of teaching experience in higher education, and my love of teaching writing had a significant impact on the direction of my doctoral research.
My dissertation, Geographies of a Writing Space: The Study of a Flexible Composition Classroom, is a qualitative study of a newly redesigned classroom in NCSU’s First-Year Writing Program. In this work I explored how a flexible environment (technology-rich with mobile furnishings) was used and perceived by composition instructors and student writers. My committee members included Susan Miller-Cochran (chair), Chris Anson, Robert Beichner, Deanna Dannels, and Victoria Gallagher.
I have also done a qualitative study of student perceptions of informal learning spaces in NCSU’s innovative D.H. Hill Library with Kim Duckett. A streaming video of our 2012 presentation at the North Carolina State University Library Association can be found here. My book chapter “Studying Learning Spaces: A Review of Selected Empirical Studies” is now available in the volume Cases on Higher Education Spaces (IGI Global) via hard copy or PDF download, as is my article with Susan Miller-Cochran “Making peace with the rising costs of writing technologies: Flexible classroom design as a sustainable solution” in Computers and Composition Special Issue: Deploying 21st Century Writing on the Economic Frontlines. March 2013.
The study of higher education learning spaces is an area that is under researched, particularly in the field of rhetoric and composition. As a result, I’d welcome the opportunity to talk about learning space studies or related issues – in any discipline – in the interest of knowledge sharing. I’m especially interested in methodologies and techniques for assessing learning spaces.