PhD, Linguistics. (2016). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

MA, Linguistics. (2013). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

MA, Romance Languages and Literatures.  (2010). University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

BA, summa cum laude, Romance Languages and Literatures. (2005). University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Graduate Certificate in Web Design and Online Communication. (2016). University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


(2017). Women’s language in female celebrity chef cookbooks. Celebrity Studies.

(2017). Self-deprecatory humor on TV cooking shows. Language & Communication, 56, 33-41.

(2017). Language and gender in female celebrity chef cookbooks: Cooking to show care for the family and for the self. Critical Discourse Studies 10(4), 1-16.

(2017). Cooking at home: A multimodal narrative analysis of the Food Network. Discourse, Context, & Media. 17, 20-29.

(2016). Multimodal legitimation strategies on tv cooking shows. Multimodal Communication.  ISSN (Online) 2230-6587, ISSN (Print) 2230-6579, DOI: 10.1515/mc-2016-0020, November.

(2015). East meets West: The discourse of Japanese American cookbooks as intercultural communication. Journal of Intercultural Communication. (39).

(2015). Inquiry in television cooking shows. Discourse & Communication, 9:2 (313-330).

(2014). Storytelling and synthetic personalization in television cooking shows. Journal of Pragmatics, 71 (151-159).

(2009). The role of women in contemporary Spanish immigration films. In Pablo Martinez-Diente and David Wiseman (Eds), Border Crossing. Vanderbilt University.

(2004). College-aged identical twins’ relationship with each other and their families. In Russell S. Faeges (Ed.), Sociological Voices, 2. University of Notre Dame.


Fulbright Scholar. Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazan (UPNFM), Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan – Jul 2018

Teaching English for Tourism in Honduras

Develop curriculum in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Tourism for teacher-students of English. Provide language-teaching workshops and oversee student thesis projects. Work with local tourism agencies on marketing strategies and branding.

Adjunct, Academic Writing. University Writing Program, University of Florida, 2012-present

Professional Communication, Professional Communication for Engineers, Rhetorical and Academic Research, and Writing Academic Arguments.

Designed and implemented courses for newly instated university online platform for a global classroom and provides 24 hour access to class materials for all. Taught students how to communicate in the professional workplace and write genre-specific documents, including memos, instructions, research reports, and proposals. Traditional: 19 students. Online: 60 students in a department course of 300 students.

Adjunct, Journalism Writing. University Writing Program, University of Florida, Fall 2017

Coached students on the technical and stylistic conventions of journalism and communications. Covered major elements of organizational communication with emphasis on a journal article and composition of reports. Online: 20 students in a department course of 100 students.

Adjunct, Food, Media, & Culture. College of Journalism and Communications, Fall 2017

Food, Media, & Culture

Developed new interdisciplinary course centered on the connection between food, media, and culture. Course developed students’ writing skills, such as argumentation and storytelling, in a variety of food writing genres, including a cookbook analysis, restaurant review, interview, magazine article, and research paper. Online: 35 students. 

Instructor, Linguistics. Linguistics Department, 2010-2012

Humanities Perspective, Language in Use

Designed introductory course with appropriate reading level and content for non-linguistics majors. Delivered and presented bi-weekly 75-minute engaging lectures on topics such as language varieties, language styles, language attitudes, language endangerment, language acquisition, and gender and language. Conducted research and interviewed subject-matter specialists to deliver current and accurate information. Encourages students to think about how societies perceive and use languages. Traditional: 35 students.

Adjunct, Writing. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus, 2016-present

Technical Report Writing

Instruct a writing-intensive course on technical reports, proposals, instruction manuals, and professional correspondence. Online: 10-19 students.

Study in Rhetorical Theory

Lecture on the nature and techniques of persuasion and rhetorical theory. Online: 10-19 students.

Spanish Instructor. Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2008-2010

Beginning Spanish I, Beginning Spanish II

Developed a highly interactive and communicative-based teaching approach for beginning Spanish classrooms. Instructed exclusively in Spanish, providing an immersion experience and accelerating students’ learning of foreign language. Supported development of culture and learning that focused on results and accountability through pair work, group activities, project-based learning, and individual and group assignments. Traditional: 10-19 students.   

Language and Pedagogy Consultant. Colibro Publishing, 2017-present.

Provide linguistic consulting and pedagogy research for bilingual Spanish-English language pedagogy software company. Produced ground-breaking vocabulary learning methodology detailing Colibro’s vocabulary corpus.

Writing Tutor. Pearson Education, 2014-2017

Provided a full range of online writing and editorial support tailored to individual student needs. Edited manuscripts at all levels, from basic copy-editing to substantive editing/rewriting. Reviewed documents prepared with consideration to program requirements.


Editorial Board Member. Food and Nutrition Open Access. Spring, 2017-present. Assist/advise the international, open access, peer-review journal, devoted to food and nutritional science, food analysis, food and nutrition, etc. on the process of reviewing proposals, conducting peer review of manuscripts, and supporting the review process; suggest potential authors for publication.

Writing Judge. Best Paper Contest, Journal of Undergraduate Research, University Writing Program at University of Florida. Spring, 2017- present)- Judged research and scholarly papers based on established criteria; ensured recognition of superior writing.

Reviewer. Journal of Undergraduate Research, University Writing Program at University of Florida. 2016-present. Serve as editorial member of journal of undergraduate research; three issues per year on topics of local and international interest; research in the arts and humanities as well as in the social and physical sciences.

New Graduate Student Mentor. Linguistics Department, University of Florida. 2015-2016. Mentored new graduate students in the linguistics department. Advised them on courses and exam preparation.

Work Beyond Academia

United States Air Force Officer 2005-2015

Captain, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. 2005-2008.

  • Chief, Customer Support, 3rd Mission Support Squadron. 2006-2008. Supervised 14 military and civilian members to provide exceptional administrative support to 8,500 military members. Counseled military members on promotions, testing, relocation, education, leave, duty status, and housing benefits. Impeccable records contributed to unit and base Excellent rating during inspection by Pacific Air Forces.
  • Squadron Commander Executive Assistant, 19th Fighter Squadron. 2005-2006. Supported unit commander and 45-member squadron as first point of contact in administrative tasks. Directed the personnel team during wartime deployment exercises. Created and reviewed unit documents for accuracy, professionalism, and Air Force compliancy.

Reserve Officer. 2008-2015. Reserve status for national emergency support. Honorable discharge as Captain.

Editor, Web Designer. TMI Products, Peachtree City, GA. 2000-present.

Designed and launched a new website for wood-working company: Edit and review instructional and promotional material. Manage email marketing and social media. Adept at Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Muse, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Professional Musicians, Violin & Piano. 1997- present.

Perform violin and piano duet music professionally for weddings, parties, and official ceremonies. First violinist of 45-violin group, Fayette Fiddlers. First-violin section in orchestras: University of Notre Dame Orchestra and Southern Crescent Orchestra. Pianist for Starr’s Mill High School choir and Fayette Fiddlers ensemble. Teach private violin & piano lessons.

Other writings

5 Tips to Help Your Twins Be Best of Friends

Independent Florida Alligator– University of Florida newspaper, biweekly column about food, media, and culture. 2014-2015