Prof. Fanning earned her Master’s degree at Montclair State University and is thrilled to return to the MSU Writing Program as a full-time instructional specialist. Before returning to MSU, Prof. Fanning taught writing and business communication courses for Iowa State University, Hudson County Community College, and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She has also performed marketing and editorial work for a variety of brands and organizations. Prof. Fanning draws on this workplace experience to inform her pedagogy.
In addition to teaching writing courses here at MSU, Prof. Fanning is also working on her dissertation in partial fulfillment of her Ph.D. degree in Rhetoric & Professional Communication from Iowa State University. Prof. Fanning actively researches visual rhetoric and data visualization, particularly in regards to health and medical issues. Her current work is focused on genre shifts in the visual reporting of Zika virus and on teaching visual genres as social action.