I grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended the Pennsylvania State University from 2009-2013, where I received my B.A. In Communication Arts and Sciences and minored in Rhetoric. I received my Ph.D. in Communication (Rhetoric and Political Culture) and a graduate certificate in Critical Theory in 2019 from the University of Maryland, where I also received my M.A. in Communication in 2015. At Maryland, I have taught Oral Communication: Principles and Practices; Critical Thinking and Speaking; Communication, Culture, and Sport; and was a TA for Interpreting Strategic Discourse. I also started our graduate chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America. You can read about my other service and activities by visiting my Curriculum Vitae.
I am currently as Assistant Professor of Communication at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. I joined the faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019. At LR I also serve as the Director of the Speech Preparation Lab.
My research explores the role of elite sport in American culture, and my dissertation analyzed and evaluated organizational culture and rhetoric in the context of big-time college sports. Specifically, my dissertation analyzed how interdependent discourse communities within the organization of big-time sport invoke the myth of the “student-athlete.” My other projects interrogate issues of athlete well-being and abuse in sport, institutional scandals, and activism in sports. Here is a link to my ORCID.
In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out in coffee shops, ballroom dancing, yoga, mindfulness and meditation, spending time with my nephews, cats, and only this version of Wagon Wheel.