Teaching

Current Courses (Spring 2020)

  • Texts and Contexts: Literary Studies (Illinois State University)

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

An interdisciplinary writing-intensive course focusing on significant humanities texts in relationship to their historical and cultural contexts. In this particular course, we will use the theme of survival to explore ideas of Anthropocene and apocalypse. Through literature, music, and film, we will approach the human epoch and the end of the world from a variety of 21st century perspectives. From economics and ecology to religion and rhetoric, we will apply interdisciplinary understandings to the fiction of Ling Ma and Liz Breazeale, the poetry of Ilya Kaminsky and Daniel Borzutzky, the genre of the graphic novel, the musical Hadestown, and films like Children of Men (2006) and Wall-E (2008). This is a writing-intensive course, utilizing a variety of genres to write through and towards questions of worldview, focalization, sociocultural influences, history, and local/national/transnational contexts.

  • Composition II (Bellevue University)

An online course focused on the methodology of research and applying summary, critique, and synthesis in the construction of a research-based essay. Utilizing peer-review, discussion board posts, and weekly journals, we also approach the genres of the traditional analytical essay and the ethnographic essay. Student-driven topic selection is integral to the writing within this course, as are unique forms of feedback, including the use of audio recording and constructive rubrics.


Past Courses

Creative Writing:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (Illinois State University)
  • Introduction to Poetry Writing (Oregon State University)

Literature:

  • Reading Interests of the Adolescent (Concordia University, Nebraska)

Composition:

  • Composition as Critical Inquiry (Illinois State University
  • First Year Composition (Oregon State University)