Teaching

My teaching philosophy is driven by the conviction that reading and writing are tools of empowerment. The better we hone our skills of critical reading and writing, the more empowered we are.

Poster_Beyond Princess Leia
Poster for my class, Beyond Princess Leia: Womxn and Science Fiction, Fall 2021. Credit: Brielle Loughney.

I teach a range of subjects, including American literature, women’s literature, African American literature, and all levels of college composition.

In 2019, I was awarded the Outstanding Composition Instructor Award at Kent State University by student nomination and careful vetting. In 2015, I was awarded a Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, an annual commendation awarded to only three graduate TAs university-wide. Both awards are granted by nomination only; recipients are selected based on the intellectual rigor of their instruction, their evidenced commitment to students, their communication with students, and the lasting positive impact of their work.

Grad Teaching Award Photo
Jessica (center) receives a university-wide teaching award. “Eight UD Faculty Members Honored for Teaching, Advising,” UDaily, May 5, 2015.

Interests

Rhetoric and Composition, 19thC, 18thC, American Literature, Women’s Literature, African American Literature, Print Culture, Material Culture, Periodical Studies, Social Justice, Protest Literature and Culture, Environmental Humanities

Courses

ENG 33001: U.S. Literature to 1865, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 33002: U.S. Literature from 1865 to 1945, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 25004: Literature in the U.S. I, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 25005: Literature in the U.S. II, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 33010: African American Literature to 1900, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 21002: Introduction to Women’s Literature, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 24001: Introduction to Literary Study, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 22073: Major Modern Writers, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 21011: College Writing II, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 11011: College Writing I, Kent State University at Stark

ENG 01001: Introduction to College Writing I, Stretch; Kent State University at Stark

ENGL 110: Critical Reading and Writing, University of Delaware

Honors ENGL 110: Critical Reading and Writing, “No World for Tomorrow: Science Fiction Meets Environmentalism,” University of Delaware

Selected Syllabi

American Literature from 1865 to 1945

College Writing I

Teaching evaluations are available upon request.