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.

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
In 2015, I (center) received a university-wide teaching award. “Eight UD Faculty Members Honored for Teaching, Advising,” UDaily, May 5, 2015.

Courses

Graduate Courses:

American Studies 512.821 Doctoral Seminar: Spreading Awareness, Provoking Protest: Literature and Culture of Social and Environmental Justice, University of Graz, Austria

Graduate Workshop Series for PhD Students, University of Graz, Austria

Undergraduate Courses:

ENGL 4800: Social and Environmental Justice in Early American Literature, Clayton State University

ENGL 4950: Senior Capstone, Clayton State University

ENGL 2131: American Literature I, Clayton State University

ENGL 1101: English Composition I, Clayton State University

ENGL 1102: English Composition II, Clayton State University

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

Sample syllabi and teaching evaluations are available upon request.

Poster_Beyond Princess Leia
Poster for my class, Beyond Princess Leia: Womxn and Science Fiction, Fall 2021. Credit: Brielle Loughney. I was not able to teach this class due to accepting a tenure-track position elsewhere.