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 rhetorics of health and medicine, digital rhetorics, feminist rhetorics, research methods, first-year composition, and more.
As an educator, I foster multimodal composing and learning, a pedagogical approach that encourages students to use multiple modes and media to create and learn. As a researcher, I use community-engaged methods to explore intersections between reproductive justice, rhetorics of health and medicine, cyberfeminist rhetorics, and public rhetorics. My work has been featured in journals such as Computers and Composition, Peitho, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Enculturation, Composition Forum, and Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. I am currently working on a book project that examines how community-engaged, interdisciplinary collaborations between medical rhetoricians and healthcare professionals can improve the health and well-being of patients with diabetes.
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.