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Career Highlights

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Since 1980

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

I established the University Writing Center here and ran it for over 17 years. During this time, the Writing Center grew from an idea to a vital academic Center, which now provides several thousand hours of service to students each year. I am proud of this contribution.

Working with Lady Falls Brown from Texas Tech University, Carol Lane, UA Fayetteville, Jim McDonald, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and others, I established the South Central Writing Centers Association, served as its first president, and continued to serve on the board for a number of years.

I've also had a part in the establishment of several other writing centers in the Arkansas, including those at the the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Henderson State University, East Arkansas Community College, and Ouachita Technical College.

In the last several years, I've been back in the classroom, teaching full-time; please see "Teaching: Courses and Ground Rules" for specifics.

A couple more achievements at UALR:

I worked collaboratively with Barbara Silaski and Margaret Birdsong on the grant which ultimately funded the Adult Student Campus Connection, now a part of the Office of Campus Life.

I worked with Dean Richard Hanson, Eileen Anderson, Larry Henthorn, and others to write UALR's most recent Self-Study Report for renewal of accreditation from North Central Association. Our report was featured as a model at the 2001 annual meeting of NCA in Chicago.

I have served as a consultant in the Little Rock Writing Project several times as well as on the advisory board.

One of my current interests is assessment of writing programs. I have served for some time as coordinator of assessment of First-Year Writing at UALR.

Before 1980

Richland College of the Dallas County Community College System

The Dallas County System is terrific. I was part of the original faculty which
established Richland College in north Dallas. I taught composition and literature (British Literature survey and Black American Literature, among others) there for seven years.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

I was an MA student at Fayetteville, where I taught introductory courses and "Junior English."


Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, UALR, 1999

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, President, 2001 -

Current Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • International Writing Centers Association
  • South Central Writing Centers Association


Some of the conferences at which I've presented:

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • The Wyoming Conference
  • International Writing Centers Association
  • South Central Writing Centers Association
  • Midwest Writing Centers Association
  • International Conference on Life Review and Reminiscence
  • Conference on the Adult Learner
  • National Association on Developmental Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and schools


I've published scholarly articles in the following:

The Writing Lab Newsletter (from Purdue University)

The Writing Center Resource Book (National Writing Centers Association)

I've also published several poems and some books, including:

Carry This Message (with Joe McQuany and Huey Crisp). Please follow this link for more information:

The Steps We Took (with Joe McQuany and Huey Crisp). Please follow this link for more information:

Widowed (with Sharon Trusty and Barry Corkern). Please follow these links for more information: or

Fireflies in a Fruit Jar (with John Workman)

Open Windows: On Times and Places and Hopes for Peace (also with John Workman)

Carry This Message, Steps We Took, and Widowed are available from
August House Publishers,