Professor and Interim Director of the Writing Center
​Office: Anspach 219
Office Phone: (989) 774-3139

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Military Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing/Travel Guidebooks

Courses Taught

ENG 101: Freshman Composition
ENG 103: First-Year Writing
ENG 193: Writing Workshop
ENG 201: Intermediate Composition (face to face and online)
ENG 201H: Intermediate Composition (Honors Program sections)
ENG 294: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 299: Writing Workshop
ENG 303: Technical Writing
ENG 397: Independent Study
ENG 601: Nonfiction Writing for Graduate Students
ENG 614: Practicum in Teaching College Composition
ENG 693: Seminar in Writing Nonfiction
ENG 697: Independent Study
ENG 799: Thesis

Degrees and Universities

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University (2010)

M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, University of Alaska Fairbanks (1990)

B.A. in English and in History, University of Massachusetts Amherst (1987)

Recent Publications

Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942-1945.  University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books), 2019.

“Briefing Failure in Ready Room 4: The Question of Culpability for U.S. Navy Air Strikes on Macau, 16 January 1945.”  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong, vol. 58, 2018, pgs. 30-54.

"The Bombing of Bungalow C: Friendly Fire at the Stanley Civilian Internment Camp."  Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, vol. 57, 2017, pgs. 108-129.

"From 香 港 to Ni: Travel Guidebook Writing as a Political Act."  Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing.  Eds. Miguel A. Cabanas, Jeanne Dubino, Veronica Salles-Reese, and Gary Totten.  New York: Routledge, 2015, pgs. 225-237.

"Travel Guidebooks, Cultural Narratives, and the American Road Quest."  Critical Insights: American Road Literature.  Ed. Ron Primeau.  Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, 2013, pgs. 291-306.

“Tutor Handbooks: Heuristic Texts for Negotiating Difference in a Globalized World.”  Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 9.2, 2012.

Exploring Hong Kong: A Visitor's Guide to Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories.  San Francisco: Things Asian Press, 2009.

Strolling in Macau: A Visitor’s Guide to Macau, Taipa, and Coloane.  ThingsAsian Press, 2007.