Courses Regularly Taught

  • Composition

  • Advanced Composition
  • Special Topics (Literature and Medicine)

Year Started at Mercy College 2012


  • BA, Grand View College (1992)
  • MA, Oregon State University (1996)
  • PhD, University of South Dakota (2008)


  • Certified Myers-Briggs Administrator

Advice to Students

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. --Robert Frost

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Literature and Medicine
  • Creative Writing (Fiction and Poetry)
  • Community Service Involvement
  • Hanawalt Elementary School PTA

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Pushcart Prize Nominee 2012 for short story "Walk Fast, Look Worried" from All The Livelong Day: Motif Anthologies, Volume 3.

Professional Memberships

  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Iowa Association of Communication Technology (IACT)
  • Iowa Connections (IACON)