Teaching Philosophy

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. . . Most literature instructors like myself use student-centered teaching strategies, but beyond that I’ve developed three key areas to emphasize what Showalter and others see as essential to any literature classroom: critical reading and writing in digital and creative spaces, ethics and empathy, and remediation . . .

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Student Surveys

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Teaching Awards

  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2019)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue U (2018)
  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2018)
  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2017)

Courses Taught

  • These courses were taught as the solo instructor.

ENGL 286 – The Movies: Film and Critical Theory

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Cultural film studies course that centers on historical fiction and speculative/science fiction. Key ideas include the politics of aesthetics and historiography, as well as critical theory. Movies included everything from Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin to Deepa Mehta’s Water to Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly.

ENGL 250 – National Narratives and Great American Books

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Literary studies course on great American books. Key ideas include how literature constructs national identity, as well as genre and (American) literary history. Books included Franklin’s AutobiographyWinesburg, OhioSula, and The Namesake to name a few.

ENGL 106Y – Digital Rhetorics: An Introduction to Composition (ONLINE)

Introductory composition course taught online, with a focus on digital communication. Projects include discussion forums, technical reports, advocacy infographics, and so forth.

ENGL 106 – Composing through Narratives: Introductory Composition

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Introductory composition course that uses literature to emphasize links between reading and writing critically. Projects include creative nonfiction essays, digital posters, and evaluative reports, and so forth.