Courses Taught

My teaching background reflects experience at both small, regional universities and large, R1 institutions. Since 2014, I have taught in both English and Communications departments. Across my teaching experiences, I have focused on the role of information technologies in mediating communication, and I have encouraged critical reflection on both contemporary and historical issues. Except where noted, I have taught all courses as the instructor of record.

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Methodist University, 2021-present

Communication Department

  • ACL 1510: Speech Communication: This course provides practical opportunities to develop skills in speaking through the development, organization, preparation, and delivery. It also examines how feedback, perception, and individual’s belief, attitude, value system, nonverbal and verbal signals, and biased language influence communication. Students develop active listening skills and practice principles of ethical communication throughout the course. 

  • ACL 1500: Interpersonal Communication: This course offers a foundational understanding for relational communication. It addresses questions, such as what communication is, how it works, and how it relates to a person's  life. You will learn about different types of relationships and how they are developed (hint: communication is a vital part of relationship development!). You will learn skills that will help you navigate all kinds of social interactions. I hope you enjoy this course as much as I do. 

North Carolina State University, 2018-2021

Science, Technology, and Society Program 

  • STS 302: Science, Technology, and Human Values : this course offers an interdisciplinary evaluation of recent and potential influences of current scientific and technological developments on US and non-US societies. Emerging social, ethical, and intellectual issues include: the adequacy of contemporary scientific frameworks; the relations among science, technology, and society; the social consequences of scientific and technological applications; and human prospects and possibilities.

Communication Department

  • COM 487: Internet & Society (Grader): This course offers an overview the development of the internet and its social uses, including the historical context that led to the development of the ARPANET and the World Wide Web. Analysis of the transition from mainframes to personal computers, to the internet of things. Treatment of principal social and communication issues related to the use of the internet, such as digital privacy, digital divide, net neutrality, and civic engagement. Development of mobile internet, social networking sites and location-based social networks.

  • COM 477: Mobile Communication: this course explores mobile technologies’ influence on communication patterns and social behavior. This course analyzes the use of different mobile and locative interfaces, such as smartphones, RFID tags, GPS technologies, and pads in different cultural and socio-economic contexts.

 

  • COM 267: Electronic Media Writing: this course engages the theory and practice of electronic media writing. It attends to the conditions that shape writing, including: politics, economics, audiences, authorship, exigencies, publication, and circulation.

  • COM 257: Media History and Theory:  this course offers theoretical and methodological approaches to the field of communication media: media history; media economics and policy; media effects and power; media as producers of meaning; media audiences; media technologies; and roles of the media in social, cultural, and political change.

  • COM 250: Communication and Technology (Grader): This course examine past, current, and future intersections of technology, culture, and communication in everyday life. Impact of communication technology policies. Analysis of communication technologies in interpersonal, organizational, societal, and global contexts. Development of technology skills for the competent communicator.

Colorado State University- Pueblo, 2016-2017

  • English 099: Composition College Bridge: this course emphasized reading and writing assignments introducing argumentation, analysis, and synthesis. Students received practice in essay writing -- stressing thesis construction, organization, and development.

  • English 101: Composition I: this course emphasized critical thinking, reading, and writing clear and coherent essays, reflecting an understanding of the writing process, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and academic discourse.

  • English 102: Composition II: this course built upon the learning from English 101 (described above) by providing continued engagement with critical thinking, reading, argumentation, and using rhetorical techniques in academic writing.

  • English 102: Composition II online (developed): this online course built upon the learning from English 101 (described above) by providing continued engagement with critical thinking, reading, argumentation, and using rhetorical techniques in academic writing. This course engaged students through video lectures, discussion boards, customized reading materials developed specifically for this course, and one-on-one discussions (via phone, video conference, and in-person).

Colorado Springs Early Colleges, 2015-2016

  • English 060: Composition Foundations: this high school English Composition course provided students with foundations in grammar, syntax, and the composing process.

  • English 090: Composition College Preparation: this high school English Composition course reviewed principles of grammar and syntax.  This course also introduced students to rhetorical concepts to improve their ability to craft a well-reasoned argument. This course was geared toward preparing student to write at the first-year college level.

  • English 099: Composition College Bridge: this course emphasized critical thinking as students explored writing for specific purposes and audiences. The course enabled students to develop skills required for college-level writing while reviewing paragraph structure and focusing on essay development.

 

University of South Carolina, 2014-2015

  • English 101: Critical Reading and Composition: this course offered structured, sustained practice in critical reading, textual analysis and composing. During the semester, students read challenging texts in a variety of genres and then wrote expository and analytical essays in response to them. Through these reading and writing assignments, students explored the interconnectedness of reading and writing and learned how to use both reading and writing as venues for inquiry, learning, interpretation, and communication.

  • English 101: Rhetoric and Composition: this course emphasized developing well-reasoned argumentative papers that drew on multiple sources and viewpoints. During the semester, students learned to identify the elements of an effective argument and to apply those principles in composing researched essays about academic and public issues. This course also strengthened students' information literacy skills by teaching the processes of finding, assessing, using, citing, and documenting sources.