Even though I came to Georgia Tech in 1981 with professional experience teaching high school (two and a half years), working in advertising and public relations (four years while I finished my dissertation), and six years of teaching on the college level (one year at Furman, four years at the University of Buffalo and one year at Miami University as a graduate student), I’ve spent most of my professional life at Georgia Tech.
During that time as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and associate chair, I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of wonderful students and hundreds of equally wonderful faculty members and staff. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and Europe to teach and do research.
I’ve also had the opportunity to see the English Department transformed into the School of Literature, Communication and Culture and – most recently — the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Those changes have helped me grow as an educator and a scholar.
In addition to my work at Tech, my husband and I have raised two sons (both engaged in the film industry) as well as four dogs and five cats. I also take time away from teaching and scholarship to participate in two book groups, to play in a bell choir, and play both Scrabble and bridge.