"I started teaching at Coker College in 1998 after a three-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor at Francis Marion University. I began as the director of the campus writing center (my M.A. is in rhetoric and composition with a specialization in writing centers). I am currently the American literature specialist (my Ph.D. emphasis is in twentieth-century American literature). My academic specializations are American literature, modern fiction, and rhetoric and composition, and my current research interests are Chuck Palahniuk, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the writing process.