- Rhetorical Criticism
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Appalachian Literature
- Dialects of the Appalachian Region
- Areas of Study
- Appalachian Dialects
- Appalachian Women and Literacy
- The Rhetoric of Death in Appalachia
- Writing Pedagogy
- Talking Appalachian (2014). Co-edited with Nancy Hayward. University Press of Kentucky.
- Success in Hill Country (2013). Napoleon Hill Foundation.
- Outstanding Faculty Award (2014). State of Virginia
- Harrison Award for Outstanding Research (2013) UVA Wise