Teaching

I helped develop and teach in the English department’s rhetoric and writing curriculum as well as general education courses (often complementary to the pre-law program). I have taught fully online as well as hybrid courses.

Literature, Law, and Narrative (major course) (English 4720)

In this course, we use various understandings of narrative and narrative theory to consider how literary and legal texts engage – reflect, critique, shape, and/or transform – one another and the wider culture. The course uses a handful of case studies situated in various times and places that group together literary, legal, and critical texts, selected for what they offer our understanding regarding questions of justice, due process, crime and punishment, human rights, etc. in a particular historical and socio-cultural context.

Advanced Study in Rhetoric/Literacy: Rhetorical History, Theory, and Criticism (major course) (English 4114)

Rhetoric has been defined in many ways, but perhaps the most straightforward definition is that it is the art of communicating well. Admittedly, the term “rhetoric” today carries some negative connotations (as in the common criticism lodged at politicians – “it’s only rhetoric”). Yet rhetoric has been a field of instruction and study, a core liberal art, since ancient times and continues to thrive as an active area of scholarship and framework for communicative production within contemporary English studies. In this course, we explore rhetoric’s historical development by examining prominent writers on rhetoric, ranging from Aristotle and Cicero to Wayne Booth and Gloria Anzaldua. Our historical exploration informs our investigation of contemporary rhetorical criticism, including current theories and schools of practice.

Style (major course) (English 3115)

Students study the concept of style in writing by exploring several key questions: What are the most common rules of sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation? What are their histories? Which ones are undergoing contemporary change and why? How can we use these guidelines (and break them) in order to connect effectively with readers?

Introduction to Writing Studies (“Writer’s Block, Silences, and Censorship”) (major course) (English 2121)

This course introduces students to a set of representative issues, problems, methods, and concerns in the field of Writing Studies. Students gain a broad sense of the field’s research questions by reading scholarly research that draws on a variety of areas, including composition, rhetoric, English language/linguistics, and legal and literary studies. In this particular section, we consider the diverse, complex contexts in which writing does not happen, organizing the semester according to the themes of writer’s block, silences, and censorship.

Law and Literature (English 2200)

This course considers the multiple relationships between law and literature by examining the literature of law, literature in law, and law as a kind of literature.

Law, Rhetoric, and Culture (First Year Seminar 1000)

How might the law be understood primarily as a culture significantly shaped by rhetoric, language, and argument? Our examination of the law in this sense primarily involves reading and discussing landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases. Our goal in part will be to make sense of these cases as lawyers might, discerning their facts, issues, arguments, and decisions. More centrally, though, we will be reading these cases as rhetoricians and ethicisits.

College Writing and Public Life (English 1103)

This course follows an inquiry-driven approach to writing, teaching rhetorical analysis and argument. Course activities and assignments provide students with the intellectual tools to invent new ideas, to explain positions, and to communicate with others. The course emphasizes the social nature of writing, and students practice a variety of invention, revision, and reflection techniques en route to final portfolios of their work.

Invention and Analysis I and II (stretch sequence) (English 1101-1102)

This course deepens students’ understanding of the relationship between rhetorical invention and intellectual analysis. It introduces strategies for composing arguments in public and academic settings, and provides opportunities to work in multiple genres and writing environments. Students will learn research techniques and develop ways of assessing and incorporating primary and secondary sources. Emphasis is placed on the social nature of writing, and students will practice a variety of invention, revision, and reflection techniques en route to final portfolios of their work.

Psychology 3880 Animal Behavior in Southern Africa (assisted with study abroad experience)

 

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