Bio

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Saint Louis University, where I also coordinate the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab. I earned my Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. My primary area of research and teaching is rhetorical theory and composition, with specializations in technical and professional communication, new media and public rhetoric. I live in St. Louis, MO, with my wife Jodi and our two children William James and Scarlett Rose.

Why the Crow?

My site is adorned with an image of the crow for a rather simple reason: Tisias of Syracuse, otherwise known as Corax (the “crow”) for his constant cackling in the agora, is often seen as a founder of Greek rhetoric, or sophistic rhetoric, the tradition in which I ground my primary areas of research and teaching: contemporary rhetorical theory, new media rhetoric, technical communication, and composition theory. In the spirit of the cackling crow, my research, teaching, and service, grounded in rhetoric, engage the necessity of compromise and composition, the need for generosity and curiosity, and the negotiation of difference and contingency.