I grew up in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1989. I graduated with my BA in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 1993 and stayed there to earn my MA in Communication in 1995. I graduated with my Ph.D. Speech Communication with a focus on Rhetoric and Public Address from LSU in 2000.
I spent 14 years as a professor at Columbia College, SC before I started teaching at UofSC Aiken in 2017. At CC, I was the 2010 and 2012 winner of the Columbia College Students Choice Award for Teaching Excellence. I was the 2012 winner of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teaching Excellence Award.
Most of my published work has appeared in such journals as Communication Teacher and Carolinas Communication Annual. I was the 2011 and 2013 Ray Camp Research Award Winner for the Top Faculty Paper at the Carolinas Communication Association.
I am a past president of the Carolinas Communication Association and served as editor for the Carolinas Communication Annual. I won the Betty Jo Welch Award from the Carolinas Communication Association for service in 2012. I have served on the National Communication Associations Lambda Pi Eta national faculty board. In 2018-2019 I served as President of the Southern States Communication Association.
I love to teach our Intro to Communication course, the Public Speaking class, Public Advocacy, and Political Rhetoric. Generally, if there is Rhetoric in the course name Im probably teaching it.
One of my favorite things about teaching in the Department of Communication at UofSC Aiken is commitment our faculty to have our students. I think we have one of the best Communication undergraduate programs in South Carolina and some of the best professors anywhere.