Ph.D. University of Minnesota; 2006
M.A. Southern Illinois University - Carbondale; 2001
B.A. Millikin University; 1998
Law and ethics
Authorship and intellectual property
“Authorship and Ownership of User Contributions on the Social Web.” Cultures of Copyright. Eds. Danielle Nicole DeVoss and Martine Courant Rife. Parlor Press, 2014. Co-authored with Tim Amidon. 108-124.
“Patents as Genre.” Law & Literature. 26(2): 2014. 163-190. Co-authored with Dan Burk.
“User Data on the Social Web: Authorship, Agency, and Appropriation.” College English. 75(5): 2013. 513-533.
“Plagiarism vs. Copyright Law: Is All Copying Theft?” Critical Conversations about Plagiarism. Eds. Michael Donnelly, Rebecca Ingalls, Tracy Ann Morse, Joanna Castner Post, and Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler. Parlor Press, 2013. 22-35.
Special Issue of Technical Communication Quarterly on “Technical Communication and the Law.” 20(1): 2011. Co-edited with Mary Lay Schuster.
“The Role of Authorship in the Practice and Teaching of Technical Communication.” Book chapter for Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom. Eds. Danielle DeVoss, Martine Courant Rife, and Shaun Slattery. Parlor Press, 2011. 351-372.
The Rhetoric of Intellectual Property: Copyright Law and the Regulation of Digital Culture. Routledge, 2010.
“Property, Theft, Piracy: Rhetoric and Regulation in MGM Studios v. Grokster.” Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and Fair Use. Ed. Steve Westbrook. SUNY Press, 2009. 9-30.
Selected Honors and Awards
Outstanding Mentor Award. Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Northern Illinois University. 2015.
David W. Raymond Grant for the Use of Technology in Teaching. “Fostering Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom.” Northern Illinois University. 2014-2015.
Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication. NCTE/Conference on College Composition and Communication Technical And Scientific Communication Awards. “Special Issue: Technical Communication and the Law.” Technical Communication Quarterly. Coedited with Mary Lay Schuster. 2013.
Engaged Learning Grant. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University. “Why English? A Week of Exploring Career Paths for English Majors.” With Cathy Doederlein. 2012.