PhD Student, Education
University of California, Irvine
I am a PhD student in Education at the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement. My primary research area is writing instruction at the undergraduate level, focusing specifically on strategies to support undergraduate students’ writing development that are feasible for instructors to incorporate into their courses.
As part of the UC Irvine Digital Learning Lab, I work with Dr. Mark Warschauer and Dr. Tamara Tate to investigate the use of generative AI in supporting writing instruction in higher education contexts. Additionally, by engaging in research and pedagogy centered on AI literacy, I seek to contribute to the conversation surrounding the use of AI writing tools in education.
Under the guidance of Dr. Penelope Collins and Dr. Fernando Rodriguez, I am investigating the use of supplemental writing resources integrated into non-writing-focused courses. Through clickstream data analysis, I seek to explore students’ perceptions of and engagement with digital writing resources scaffolded into course instruction. My goal with this research is to be able to contribute to research on supporting students’ writing development across the curriculum.
In addition, as part of the Postsecondary Education Lab, I develop and implement interventions with Dr. Di Xu focused on supporting students' success and sense of belonging in online learning, particularly through designing means through which distance learning students can connect and collaborate through online learning communities.