Since my arrival at Drake University in 1988, I have been teaching courses in language theory, writing, cultural criticism, and filmmaking.
I have been recognized as Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year and the Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year. From 2008-2010, I was the College of Arts & Sciences Centennial Scholar; and in 2012, I was awarded the Ronald Troyer Research Fellowship. Currently, I am the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of English, and I also serve as director of The Writing Workshop and Coordinator of Writing
My poetry has been published in national journals, and my theoretical essays regarding reform in writing studies have been published widely. I wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary A Little Salsa on the Prairie: The Changing Character of Perry, Iowa, which has had over 50 public screenings, been featured at state and national film festivals, shown several times on Iowa Public Television, and aired for two years on Direct TV’s Documentary Channel. I also served as head researcher and consultant for the documentary The Fort: 177 Years of Crime and Punishment at the Iowa State Penitentiary.
I have received grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Iowa, Iowa Arts Council, and the Bock Family Foundation. I am currently working on a book adaptation and expansion of A Little Salsa on the Prairie.