Virginia Commonwealth University,  Richmond, VA
PhD in Media, Art, and Text  (Dec 2012)
Dissertation: Eastern Shore Stories: Technology, Place, and Local Culture 

Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC
Certificate in Documentary Arts (anticipated December 2014)

Virginia Commonwealth University,  Richmond, VA
MA in English, Writing and Rhetoric (2007)
MA Thesis: The Marsh Project: A Collection of Lyric Essays

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
BA in American Studies & English (1983), cum laude, honors


Lecturer – Mass Media, 2012 – present
Department of Communication Studies, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Courses: Media & Society, Public Speaking, Media Criticism, Media Reporting and Writing, Principles of Page & Digital Design (hybrid), Conflict Resolution (online), Introduction to Communication Studies, Internship Supervision.

Adjunct Instructor in Media Studies, 2011-2012
Honors CollegeVirginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Courses: The Recorded Human Voice: Using Interviews in Radio, Drama, and Text, Documentary: Beyond the Evening News, and Radio and the Internet (service-learning course).

Adjunct Writing Instructor, 2006-2009, fall 2011
English Department & University College / Sculpture + Extended Media in the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Courses: Writing & Rhetoric Workshop II (required research & academic writing course), Senior Seminar (professional writing in the arts: proposals & artists statements)

Creative Writing Instructor, 2002 – 2011
Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Creative Writing Workshops: Writing Immersion, Writing from Life, Creativity as Provocative Magic: Learning from the Surrealists, and Intro to [Writing] Fiction

Language Arts Tutoring Business, 2002 – 2012
Instructed students individually in writing, academic research, literary analysis, standardized test preparation, and study skills.  Assisted with college entrance essays.  Primarily worked with students from area private schools including Collegiate, St. Christopher’s, and St. Gertrude.

English and Communications Instructor, 2006 – 2007
Henrico County Specialty Center for Communications, Varina High School, Richmond, VA

Literary Arts Department Chair, 1999 – 2002
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, Petersburg, VA


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities,   2012-2014
Eastern Shore Stories: A Farm Life Oral History Project        $5,500

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities/PNC Foundation, 2009-2010
20th Century Farm Life in Accomack County: an Oral History Project       $8,000

Audio Field Recording, Production & Editing.
Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Photography (film & digital).
Blogging & Writing for Social Media.
Virginia Teaching License: PGP-0622136 (English/Journalism, 2012-2017)


Social Media Committee
James River Writers Annual Conference 2014

Fund Drive & Community Youth Radio
WRIR 97.3 LP-FM, 2011 – present

Project Director, Eastern Shore Stories
Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society oral history project, 2009 – present

Faculty Search Committee, Communication Studies, Longwood University, 2012

Social Media Coordinator, Photographer, and Publications Designer, 2009 – 2011
Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, VCU, Richmond, VA

Promotion & Tenure Committee for Dr. Joshua Eckhardt
Department of English, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2010

Sonic Portraits III: Pony Pasture Park, Fall 2010
a writing & listening engagement project / student performance with students from Sabot at Stony Point School for The Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Richmond

Assistant Production Editor, Video Essay Project,
Blackbird: an online journal of literature & the arts, Spring 2009

Parent Volunteer, Mary Munford Elementary School, Richmond, VA, 2006 – 2012

Member, Richmond Friends Meeting, Richmond, VA,   1996 – present
Committees: Religious Education, Ministry & Worship, Hospitality, Peace & Social Concerns

Curriculum Development / Literary Department Chair, 1999 – 2002
Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology

Alternatives to Violence Project women’s prison workshop facilitator , 1991 – 1995
Richmond Peace Education Center, Richmond, VA

Public Relations Officer and Volunteer Coordinator, 1988-1995
Coordinator and Performer, 10th Street Mental Health Players, public education program
Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA

Graduate Whitesell Critical Essay Award        2010
Hibbs / Waller Graduate School Scholarship       2009/10
Honorable Mention, Wits End Play Festival competition      2009
“Invocation” (poem) nominated for Pushcart Prize        2008
Mary McEwen Schmike Scholarship        2005/06


“Media Fast: What Can Be Learned Through Strategic Disconnection.”
Virginia Humanities Conference, Farmville, 2014.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond Faculty Show, June/July 2011
Eastern Shore Stories : text, photos & sound

Eastern Shore Stories: An Oral History Project.”  Presentation for Graduate Seminar in Oral History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2010.

“The Recorded Human Voice.”  Berglund Honors Seminar Series. Richmond, 2010.

“Eastern Shore Stories: An Oral History of 20th Century Farm Life.”  Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society public lecture series. Onancock, 2010.

MATX Gallery Show, April/May 2010
Eastern Shore Stories : text, photos & sound

“What Would the Belle of Amherst Think?  Reading Emily Dickinson in Manuscript, Print, Spoken Word and Musical Performance.” Virginia Humanities Conference. Staunton, 2010.

“The Effect of the Digital Revolution on the Practice of Oral History.” Inaugural MATX Methods Conference. Richmond, 2010.

“Reading Images of Violence: The Saigon Execution & the Sonderkommando Photographs.” University of Virginia Graduate English Conference. Charlottesville, 2009.


Our Town, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
Petersburg, VA          Spring 2004

Solo Exhibit, Richmond Public Library
Richmond, VA          August 2000

Solo Exhibit, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
Petersburg, VA          Spring 2000

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Artist of the Month
Farmville, VA          July/Aug 1999

Solo Exhibit, Richmond Public Library
Richmond, VA          July 1998

Virginia Museum Healthsouth Visual Arts Center
Richmond, VA          July 1998

Invitational, Bedford Gallery, Longwood College
Farmville, VA           February 1998

VSPA Invites, Charles H. Taylor Center
Hampton, VA          June 1997

JCC Undiscovered Photographers Exhibit (Best in Show)
Richmond, VA          April 1997

Holiday Invitational Show, 1708 Gallery
Richmond, VA          December 1996

Virginia Museum Healthsouth Visual Arts Center
Richmond, VA          October 1996

Gleaning Light: A Survey of Contemporary Pinhole Photography
The Washington Center for Photography,  Washington, DC          December 1997
Photographic Archives Gallery,  Dallas, TX           August 1996

JCC Undiscovered Photographers Exhibit (4th Place)
Richmond, VA          February 1996

Virginia Museum Healthsouth Visual Arts Center
Richmond, VA          July 1995


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