I am Acting Director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, Chair of First-Year Programs and Chair of Arts Studies in Research and Writing in the Faculty of Arts at UBC. I am a full professor in the Department of English and in the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. I study literature in the fields of auto/biography and genre studies, which means I analyze how individuals and groups represent their own and others’ experiences through different forms of life narrative. My particular focus is online auto/biography, for example, social networking, blogs, and other sites such as Pinterest and PostSecret.
My current projects examine the intersection of the digital and the archival in how individuals and communities make meaning of themselves and others on social media. I am the co-editor of two recent journal issues, Online Lives 2.0, a special issue of the journal Biography, with Dr. John Zuern, and Teaching Lives, a special issue of the journal a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, with Dr. Kate Douglas.
I also contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning, specializing in academic writing, the first-year experience, cohort learning, and student wellness and support. I am leading a 3-year project, supported by UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, to develop new curriculum and pedagogical supports about academic integrity in first-year writing courses.