I’m an Assistant Professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in discourses of health and medicine, digital rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, research methods, first-year composition, and more.
As an educator, I believe that students learn best when they engage in multimodal learning, a pedagogical approach that encourages students to use multiple modes and media to compose and learn. As a researcher, I explore intersections between feminism, rhetorics of health and medicine, and technology in community and civic contexts. I spend my personal time hiking, bird watching, and hanging out with my family and our English Setter, Molly.
In addition to teaching at JMU, I’m the Founder and Director of the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, an online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist projects. In 2017, I served as a “Maddy Fellow” for JMU’s Madison Fellowship for Digital Teaching and Learning, a program that supports the development of digitally-focused courses and research projects. I also received JMU’s 2017 Excellence in Teaching & Learning with Technology Award.
In 2019, I received a College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Grant to support my community-based work on social perceptions of type 2 diabetes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This research is undertaken through a university-to-community partnership with a colleague and Certified Diabetes Educator at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Feel free to poke around and learn a little bit about my work and aspirations. If you have questions about anything you find here, please get in touch via the information provided under the “contact me” block at the bottom of this page. If you would like access to any of the information available on this website in an alternative format (e.g., a single, machine-readable document of all web content), please email me at dehertlb[at]jmu[dot]edu.