I am PhD candidate at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Technical Communication where I am researching communication, leadership, and virtual teams. I teach digital and professional communications at DePaul University and the Chicago City Colleges. Previously as Director for the Digital Media Center at IIT, I specialized in social media, new media, and technology and taught seminars around these technologies.
My background is in Engineering where I have a both a BS and MS. I have professional experience from a variety of areas. My CV is available at the link above.
What exactly is a
portfolio? Well, depending on the context, it can be comprised of many
things. But in each context, it shows or demonstrates work that is in some way representative of the person’s achievements, skills and abilities via the display of supporting artifacts.
Im my case, in my context, a portfolio consists of the following: Teaching - concentrates on samples from
assignments, evaluations, and other artifacts under the umbrella of the academic context; Research - includes detailed information about my ongoing research into virtual teams and communications; Projects - includes a select few samples produced as a consultant.
PUBLISHING AND PRESENTING
Computers and Writing Conference - June 2013 : Frostburg, MD
A Quantitative Approach to Content Analysis: Examination of Virtual Team Leadership: This paper examines the use of a quantitative content analysis used in two case studies. The discussion will also include and advocate for the utilization of a multimethod approach to provide a wider analysis and examination of a study domain (Mumford, 2011). Through these two case studies, I will illustrate the flexibility and rigor of a quantitative content analysis and explore the richness and reliability that a well-designed pluralistic methodological approach can provide (Mingers, 2001).
National Institute of Staff and Organization Development (NISOD) - May 2013 : Austin, TX The Pedagogy of an Online College Success Course: Best Practices Presentation This workshop describes the development of an online College Success course geared towards first year students, includes a comparison to the Live course and the outcomes across 2 semesters. This new online course was developed with the pedagogy of online instruction, as such we use the latest in technology on the web including slide-share, youtube video lectures, and synchronous communications.
Connections Conference - March 2013 : St. Charles, IL
TinyQ - Social Media Tutoring - #ask_a_question #get_an_answer @arc.iit: Students can ask a short question using Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ as well as IM, Text, and email. Tutors receive the questions via Ipads. The answers, once formulated, are posted to a centralized website for students to review. Students receive notification for the completed answer at the originating social media inlet.
Technical Communication Special issue : Winter 2015 A Quantitative Approach to Content Analysis: Reconceptualization of the Utterance for Computer Mediated Communication - under consideration
“Research questions, more than research methods or topics, define a field internally and externally by pointing to the knowledge making that is unique to the field” (Rude, 2009 p. 176). I argue that while a strong foundation of research questions is important, a matched set of methods that complement and reinforce this foundation is essential.
As such, measurement is one of the fundamental tools in any form of research. However, computer mediated communication, where messages are shared across various mediums, boasts no uniform yardstick. Researchers maneuver around these issues by introducing measurements from other fields (e.g., turn-taking from linguistics, or conversational analysis from communications). While operational, these approaches have not been developed for CMC and thus have not been widely adopted. As a result, most scholars develop their own processes that complement their theoretical underpinnings and, as a consequence, produce findings that can not be easily compared or shared.
In this paper, my purpose is two fold: First, to advocate a uniform approach to the of unit measurement of texts in asynchronous and synchronous messages in CMC. And, second to stress a quantitative content analysis method as “an empirical framework for investigating a collection of texts” (Boettger & Palmer, 2010, p. 346).
DePaul: WRD202 This course is designed to introduce students to the principles of professional writing. This is a production course. We cover examples of the genre; memos, emails, cover letters, resumes, reports, proposals, and more.
DePaul WRD204 This course is designed to familiarize students with basic principles of technical communication and to provide practical experience in creating technical documents. In the course, student groups are charged with creating a collaborative instruction manual based on primary data from potential users and constructing and conducting usability tests to ensure the document meets the users' needs.
CCC: CIS120 Introduction to Microcomputers teaches the fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use. The course includes hands-on experience with a variety of Microsoft office software.
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