Teaching

Each semester, I required students to establish a professional Gmail address so that they could take full advantage of the Google suite of software. Together, students in each of my courses constructed a website using Google sites. Using Google sites as a content management system gives students invaluable practice in composing in online environments and an opportunity to come away with something tangible and permanent at the end of the course. Below, the name of each course links to its respective Google site.


Syracuse University

Advanced Writing Studio: Technical and Professional Writing

Writing 307, Spring 2012

Professional communication through the study of audience, purpose, and ethics. Rhetorical problem-solving principles applied to diverse professional writing tasks and situations. 

Students will engage in professional practices and learn to respond to challenges in a flexible manner. In this course, you’ll work with a variety of professional genres that are frequently encountered in the workplace. When we finish, you’ll be better able to: 

· Analyze audiences and situations 
· Manage a sustained, multiple product project 
· Work collaboratively 
· Design and produce texts and graphics 
· Conduct basic usability testing 
· Develop effective oral presentations 

 

Advanced Writing Studio: Technical and Professional Writing

Writing 307, Fall 2011

 

University Politic

Writing 205: Critical Research, Spring 2011 | Syllabus | Calendar

As a university student, you are spending a great deal of time and money on a college education. The academy is a life-shaping institution that heavily influences how it’s graduates will run the industries and institutions they inhabit after they leave the university. This class examines the history of the academy, tracing its origins and its growth over the last century in order to develop a clearer understanding of where we are currently positioned within this institution. We will take up a shared inquiry into the cultural and social impact that universities have had, and examine the rhetoric of academic discourses as well as the rhetoric surrounding them.

 

Arguing in Public

Writing 255: Advanced Argumentative Writing, Fall 2011 | Syllabus | Calendar

When does argument really matter? How do written, verbal, and visual texts signify that something matters in such a way that an audience is persuaded to put their faith behind it? This course will build a working knowledge of historical perspectives on the public and private functions of argument. We will draw upon this knowledge in investigating the strategic use of words and symbols across various genres and considering the rhetorical construction of authority in creating compelling arguments.

 

Social Network Nation

Writing 205: Critical Research, Spring 2010 | Syllabus

We will take up a shared inquiry into the personal and interpersonal impact that social networking and digital publics have on local and global societies. In thinking about questions about and definitions of literacy, we will analyze rhetorical choices made by the producers and consumers of mainstream consumer media, and will evaluate the potential benefits and consequences of those choices. We’ll also spend some time considering the ways in which beliefs and cultural perceptions are formed and how behaviors are fostered as a result.

 

Identity Craft: the Construct of Self

Writing 205: Critical Research, Fall 2010 | Syllabus

By the conclusion of Writing 205, you will have experience using advanced research techniques and practice gathering and processing scholarly information. You’ll have conducted deep and multifaceted analyses and developed an understanding of various rhetorics involved in making an argument. You will have gained experience in reading and interpreting arguments made by a variety of print and digital texts, and you will have practiced constructing arguments of your own.

 

Summer Start

Writing 105: Practices of Academic Writing, Summer 2009 | Syllabus

WRT 105 is an introduction to academic writing that focuses on the practices of analysis and argument, skills that carry across disciplinary lines and into professional and civic writing. These interdependent practices of critical inquiry and production will be fundamental to the work you will do as college students and later in your careers and civic engagements. This course will help you develop a critical sense of the enormous impact that rapidly advancing technology has had and continues to have on identities – the ways in which we understand ourselves – and on our interpersonal and social relationships.

 

Whose Traditions? The Influence of Consumer Media in America

Writing 205: Critical Research, Spring 2009 | Syllabus | Calendar

In this course, we will examine the global impact of consumer culture, paying attention to both consumption and production. Several of our texts aim to raise awareness about the conditions under which others labor in order for our cultural consumption to take place; others point out the overt and latent cultural connections between purchasing goods and being a ‘good American.’ We will analyze the delicate nature of rhetorical choice by the producers of mainstream consumer media, and will evaluate the potential benefits and consequences of those choices. We’ll also spend some time considering the ways in which deeply ingrained beliefs and cultural perceptions are formed.

 

Writing 105: Practices of Academic Writing

Fall 2008 | Syllabus | Calendar

WRT 105 is an introduction to academic writing that focuses on the practices of analysis and argument, skills that carry across disciplinary lines and into professional and civic writing. These interdependent practices of critical inquiry and production will be fundamental to the work you will do as college students and later in your careers and civic engagements. This course will help you develop a critical sense of the enormous impact that rapidly advancing technology has had and continues to have on identities – the ways in which we understand ourselves – and on our interpersonal and social relationships.


 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

English 360: Advanced Composition, Spring 2008

English 102: Composition and Research, Spring 2008

English 101: Introduction to Composition, Fall 2007

English 102: Composition and Research, Summer 2007

English 90: Developmental English, Spring 2007

English 101: Introduction to Composition, Fall 2006

English 90: Developmental English, Summer 2006

English 90: Developmental English, Spring 2006

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