I have over ten years of experience teaching introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition, creative writing, professional writing, and in modern to contemporary literature. Many of the courses I have taught also focus on gender and sexuality studies as well as popular media and material culture.
My approach to teaching reflects the ways in which I understand knowledge as a living, agitating concept that, in order to thrive, requires special care and deliberate attention. As Paulo Freire argues in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, “[k]nowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” As a teacher, I view literature as an energizing site of struggle through which we can develop, question, and enrich how we interact with our shared world. In order to do so, I nurture recurring questions across all of my courses: Where do we find the literary? How do we define it? What kinds of tools do we need to excavate the site of language to pursue the world with each other? Whether examining a canonical poem or a comic strip, I aim to demonstrate to my students the various ways we might use critical thinking to crack open tired ways of seeing, of being, to develop an awareness for the radical potential of the literary that exists both on and beyond the printed page.
Previous Courses Taught (selected):
Introduction to Poetry Writing; Writing with Form and Style; Introduction to Creative Writing; Professional Communication for Business; Nonfictional Hybrid Forms in Poetry; Writing the Micro Form; Writing Against Complacency; Contemporary Poetry and Pop Music; Love with(in) Comics; Advanced Rhetoric and Research Methods: Media and Mediated Selves
Full Teaching Dossier with sample syllabi, full teaching philosophy, and student evaluations available by request.