Teaching

I’m a much better teacher than I used to be, although I have to admit that I still sort of distrust statements of teaching philosophy, even my own. The courses I’ve taught have been specifically located at certain institutions, targeted to particular student populations, and often, they are negotiated over the course of the semester. To assert locality as my general philosophy of teaching, though, feels evasive. I do believe in conversational engagement with my students. I enjoying talking with them far more than I do talking at them or in front of them.

I also take seriously the idea that the classroom can be a site of discovery. I work to ground my courses in open questions, ones that I don’t necessarily know the answers for, so that my students and I can engage with those questions in a more genuine fashion. It’s not unusual for me to learn as much from those courses as my students, and that’s one of the motives I have for teaching, the opportunities it affords both my students and myself.

My courses normally feature a fairly deep engagement with technology, to the extent that I try routinely to call into question even those naturalized technologies (rooms, desks, print essays) that function there. And that’s also a site of exploration for me. As a space of learning and writing, the classroom is a laboratory for those of us in writing studies, but I generally engage my students as co-investigators rather than objects of study.

I’ll be adding links to syllabi and websites intermittently. If there’s something in particular you’d like to see, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. (CCR = Composition and Cultural Rhetoric doctoral seminars; WRT = undergraduate courses in the Writing Program)

Courses

Spring 2015
WRT 308: Style
WRT 426: Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technologies (Topic TBA)

Fall 2014
WRT 105: Practices of Academic Writing
WRT 302: Digital Writing

Summer 2014
CCR 732: Advanced Studies in Composition Pedagogy (online)

Spring 2014
CCR 733: Rhetoric, Composition, and Digital Humanities (tumblr)
WRT 426: Digital Identities

Fall 2013
WRT 105: Practices of Academic Writing (Sports Management Learning Community)
WRT 302: Digital Writing

Spring 2013
WRT 426: Digital Identities
WRT 495: Undergraduate Honors Seminar

Fall 2012
WRT 255: Advanced Argumentative Writing
WRT 428: Digital Literacies

Spring 2012
WRT 400: Visual Rhetorics
Independent Study: Genre Studies and Academic Writing

Fall 2011
CCR 733: Rhetoric, Composition, and Digital Humanities

Spring 2011
CCR 631: Contemporary Rhetorics
WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing

Spring 2010
WRT 400: Senior Research Seminar
WRT 426: Rhetoric and/as Design

Fall 2009
CCR 601: Introduction to Scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric
WRT 302: Digital Writing

Summer 2009
CCR 760: Post/Modern Rhetorics

Spring 2009
CCR 611: Development of Modern Composition Studies

Fall 2008
CCR 720: Interdisciplinary Influences (Teaching with Technology)

Fall 2007
CCR 691: Processes and Premises of Research (Methods)

Spring 2007
WRT 303: Research and Writing

Spring 2006
CCR 711: Advanced Theory and Philosophy of Rhetoric

Fall 2005
CCR 601: Introduction to Scholarship in Composition and Rhetoric

Summer 2005
CCR 760: Genre Studies and Academic Writing

Spring 2005
CCR 711: Advanced Theory and Philosophy of Rhetoric (Network Rhetorics)

Spring 2004
WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing (2 sections)

Fall 2003
WRT 105: Writing Studio I
WRT 109: Writing Studio I (honors)

Summer 2003
WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing

Spring 2003
WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing
WRT 307: Professional Writing

Fall 2002
CCR 607 Composition Pedagogy (for TAs from other departments)
CCR 631 Contemporary Rhetorics

Summer 2002
CCR 712: Advanced Theory and Philosophy of Composition (Space and Writing)

Spring 2002
WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing
CCR 760: Hypertext Rhetorics

Fall 2001
WRT 105: Writing Studio I
WRT 426: The Art of the Interface

Prior to Fall 2001, I taught at Old Dominion University. I still need to unearth those materials.

 

 

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