Service and Engagement

Much of my leadership, service, and scholarship work centers on inclusive excellence and draws on my expertise in second-language writing and ESL. In 1990 as a Graduate Teaching Instructor, I initiated and taught the first ESL section of our upper-division writing course, Writing on Science and Society, and in 2002 I expanded the ESL offerings in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric to first-year writing, developing and teaching those courses since 2002. The numbers of these ESL sections have increased from those initial 1-2 sections/semester to 13 sections/semester currently. 

I continue to coordinate, teach, and develop curricula for these ESL courses. In 2012 I designed the ESL directed-self placement website (still in use by the PWR), about which I presented at the national Conference of Writing Program Administrators in that year. Our peer institutions continue to see our program as a cutting-edge model for second-language writing instruction nationally. In addition to coordinating our ESL courses and engaging in ongoing assessment of them, I regularly present workshops on best practices in teaching second-language writing students to faculty in our program and other departments on campus, at the annual diversity and inclusion summit, and at regional and national conferences.

  • Colorado History Project Steering Committee Member, appointed by the CU Boulder Chancellor. Goals are to re-imagine and re-integrate previously excluded groups into the history of UCB. Spring 2021-Spring 2024.

  • Member of the Faculty Scholars Group for International Student Success, Spring – Fall 2020. Attended two spring/summer and four fall workshops including readings and discussions for faculty from across the CU Boulder campus. Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Boulder Faculty Assembly, Diversity Committee Chair 2017-present.

  • Diversity and Student Services Committee Chair, Program for Writing and Rhetoric, Fall 2005-Spring 2009; Co-Chair Fall 2013-present.