Teaching

My teaching philosophy is one that emphasizes playfulness; while I stand at the front of the room, I do not see myself as the “Sage on the Stage.” While I treat my students as equals and encourage them to seek their own answers, I do not see myself as the “Guide on the Side.” Instead, I see myself as the “Guest in the Mess.” It may be my classroom, but it is the students’ time, and they are more sophisticated with that resource than we tend to give them credit for. When they feel engaged, they remain attentive. When they feel respected, they respond with respect. When they are comfortable being themselves, they are more open to examining what that self is. My classes tend to be chaotic, even unruly. The lessons and activities I assign are as likely to involve leaving the room and exploring as they are to involve regulated discussion. I encourage digression. I encourage using the internet. But I don’t let them call me by my first name – gotta draw the line somewhere.

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@ North Carolina State University | Raleigh, NC

  • SP 2015 |  ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research (Zombie Themed)
  • FA 2014 | COM 367 – Multimedia Production & Digital Culture
  • SP 2014 | ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research
  • FA 2013 | ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research
  • SU 2013 | ENG 331 – Communication for Engineering and Technology
  • SP 2013 | ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research
  • FA 2012 | ENG 100 – Introduction to Academic Writing
  • SU 2012 | ENG101 – Academic Writing & Research (Summer START Program)
  • SP 2012 | ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research
  • FA 2011 | ENG 101 – Academic Writing & Research

@ Northern Illinois University | DeKalb, IL

  • SP 2011 | ENG104 – Composition & Rhetoric II (World of WarCraft Themed)
  • FA 2010 | ENG 103 – Rhetoric & Composition I
  • SP 2010 | ENG 104 – Rhetoric & Composition II
  • FA 2009 | ENG 103 – Rhetoric & Composition I