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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Courses Taught:

  • English 352: Public Relations Writing (Spring 2017)                                                                                       Development of a comprehensive understanding of the principles and purposes of public relations. This writing-intensive course explores rhetorical strategies used by individuals, agencies, corporations, and governments to reach intended audiences. Students gain experience in public speaking and writing press releases, brochures, speeches, and audio-visual press releases.
  • English 279: Tutoring Writing (Fall 2016)
    Theories and dynamics of writing consultation and course-based tutoring. Readings theorize the writing process, conflicting ideas about writing itself, as well as writing center history, theory, and practice. The course is highly interactive, calling on students to use readings as the grounding for the critical examination of writing consultant practices, as well as the co-construction of classroom discussions and activities. Field work (one hour per week) as a writing consultant is required.
  • English 101: Critical Writing and Reading I (Fall 2016)
    Course Theme: Writing In/As Pop Culture: From Harry Potter and Disney to Game of Thrones and Hamilton, the fandoms that we claim affiliation to shape significantly our identities. The ways in which we publicly voice or perform these affiliations—through Facebook/Tumblr groups, fanfic, cosplay, or simply via binging an entire series on Netflix—ultimately alter our literacies and ways of interacting with others. As such, this section will explore the extent to which pop culture affects your communication, using various contemporary cultural artifacts as starting points for critical analysis and discussion.
Ball State University

Recipient of the 2015-2016 Doctoral Level Teaching Award, and the 2013-2014 Writing Program Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.

Interview with the Ball State English department on receiving the Doctoral Level Teaching Award.

Courses Taught:

  • English 213: Introduction to Digital Literacies (Fall 2015)
    ENG 213 investigates the complexities of what it means to be digitally literate by examining an important aspect of contemporary communicative practice: social media.  By exploring how we read (and write) using digital technologies, this course considers how social media specifically shapes discourse in the twenty-first century. ENG 213 thus asks students to compose in, research, analyze, and, above all, think critically about social media and its impact on how we engage with the digital landscape.
  • English 605: Teaching in English Studies (Co-taught with Dr. Jennifer Grouling, Spring 2015 & Spring 2016)
    This course is the second of the two required graduate seminars for new Writing Program teaching assistants. It asks students to read extensively within the field of composition, and complete an IRB-approved research study that engages with first-year writing. In this course, I delivered multiple lectures and helped to plan and facilitate course content
  • English 104: Composing Research (4 sections, 2013-2015)
    Applies the fundamentals of rhetoric to the research process: methods of research; the rhetorical nature of research; elements, strategies, and conventions common to research writing, including multi-modal presentations of new knowledge
  • English 103: Rhetoric and Writing (3 Sections, 2012-2014)
    Rhetoric and Writing introduces and develops understanding of principles of rhetoric; basic research methods; elements, strategies, & conventions of persuasion used in constructing written and multimodal texts
  • English 114: Honors Composing Research (TA to Dr. Jennifer Grouling, Fall 2012)
    ENG 114 fulfills the ENG 104 requirement for honors students, with extensive emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing in response to literary texts. It includes instruction and practice in research methods and presentation of formal research paper.
University of Nevada, Reno

Courses Taught:

  • English 102: Core Writing II—Deconstructing Disney: The Myth of the Mouse
    Research-based writing course focused through investigations of Disney culture and its relationship to representations of gender, ethnicity, and consumerism; assignments culminated in an argumentative research paper on a topic of the student’s choosing related to an aspect of Disney
  • English 101: Core Writing I
    Genre-based writing course that explored writing assignments that interact with students’ lived experiences, including a narrative composition, an argument essay about a pertinent local or personal issue, a rhetorical analysis assignment, and a film evaluation; heavy emphasis on daily reflective writing and self-evaluation over three- draft sequences
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