I am a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa (2012) and Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee (2001, 2003). I have taught English at Tallahassee Community College , North Miami Beach Sr. High School, USF, The University of North Georgia, and Florida International University (Miami). I am currently serving as an assistant professor of English at North Carolina A&T State University, where I teach Contemporary Grammar & Rhetoric; Advanced Grammar & Argumentation; Writing, Science & Technology, and first-year composition courses, while serving as the department’s composition director.
As a Black womanist English professor-social activist, I support an AfriWomanist and contemplative pedagogy wherein mindfulness practices are coupled with traditional classroom practices to assist students in awakening and opening their minds to new learning possibilities and new ways of being in the classroom via a womanist, African spirituality lens. (See Teaching Philosophy.) I also work diligently to integrate communications technology, specifically WordPress, into traditional writing classrooms as explicated in my researched publications, including Engaging 21st Century Writers with Social Media, of which I am the editor. (Andrea Lunsford contributed its foreword.)
In addition to being an English teacher, I’m a poet and painter. My poem, “We Be Theorizin,” is published as the afterword to Deborah Plant’s “The Inside Light”: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, and my poem, “Confessions,” as well as my personal narrative, “Gays Are Going to Hell: A Lesbian Teacher Tries to Teach Compassion,” appear in Stephanie Allen and Lauren Cherelle’s 2016 Solace: Writing, Refuge, & LGBTQ Women of Color. Additionally, my art work has been showcased at Tampa’s Boba Internet Café; FAMU’s Foster Tanner Arts Gallery; and Atlanta’s West End Performing Arts Center; and, most recently, as the cover of Some Other Blues: New Perspectives on Amiri Baraka, edited by Jean-Philippe Marcoux. A few of my art pieces are available as postcards at wethepeoplethinkproject.com. They can also be viewed here on the “Paintings (or Visual Rhetoric)” page.
DISCLAIMER: While posts reflect my personhood, the personal content therein does not suggest an inability to successfully perform my duties as a classroom teacher.
To see documents supporting my academic career, do peruse this dossier, which includes my curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, & publications.