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When I was hired at USF in the Fall, 2017, my primary service role was to come in and work on the undergraduate emphasis degree in Professional Writing, Rhetoric, and Technology. I did that and I also become responsible for what folks in TPC affectionately call the “service course” (read my thoughts on it). We have three versions of the course that serves ~6000 students a year so updating and directing that is also a job.

I have also stepped into the role of Graduate Director for Rhetoric and Composition. In addition to my director roles, I sit on the following committees in the Department:

  • Executive Committee
  • Graduate Admissions Committee
  • Faculty Evaluation Committee
  • USF Writes Administrators, Pedagogy, Technology, and Research Committees

And in Fall, 2020, I took over as interim Department Chair.

 

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I held a partial administrative appointment as Director of the Urban Health Research Center in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), which has the goal to increase collaborations between faculty in A&S and between A&S faculty and other faculty on campus. Like many large institutions, all those researching in and around health and medicine could do better jobs of collaborating with each other. That’s what we’re trying to do.

It’s a fairly new endeavor so I’ve spent the last year simply trying to get an understanding of the landscape, that is, what faculty are researching, what are their barriers, and what are their needs around the research enterprise. Related to the MHRC, I sit on a number of committees to represent the interest of the faculty and the College.

The Taft Research Center is a gem at UC, and I co-directed the Medical Humanities Research Group; I also chaired on the Publications Awards Committee; and I was a member of the Executive Board.

As a long time advocate of experiential learning, I served for seven years on the Service Learning Advisory Council among other roles I have taken on.

In addition, I was actively involved in the Professional Writing program. You can learn about my programmatic work in the teaching section.

 

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