First-Year Composition, Etc,
My teaching experience ranges from first-year composition, to professional writing, to working as a TA supervisor and training new graduate student teachers. I have taught at the community college level and at the university level, as well as mentored student writers in various Writing Centers. Embracing these different roles has made me sensitive to both micro-level interactions with students and larger curricular goals – so I am invested in merging everyday student interactions with the skills and experience valued at administrative and institutional levels, as well as in public spheres. Here are some of the writing courses, particularly in composition, that I've had the pleasure of teaching.
Fall 2014 - present, Fall 2004 – Fall 2006 (California State University, Chico)
NURS 310: Academic Writing for Nurses
ENGL 692: Human Rights Rhetoric
ENGL 338: Environmental Rhetoric
ENGL 634: Teaching Composition
ENGL 335: Rhetoric and Writing
ENGL 130: Academic Writing. First-year writing course developed around the theme of dirt and cleanliness. Students compose academic essays, perform research and analysis, and produce multimodal final projects.
"In this course, we will be learning and developing skills in analytical thinking, reading, and writing that are key to your success as a university student. The texts we will analyze in order to meet that goal will cover a range of cultural objects and community issues. In addition to your own experience, we will also consider the perspectives and concepts that other writers bring to the ideas we will discuss. Through your conscientious and dedicated work this semester, you will find yourself well prepared to participate in the forms of thought and expression that define academic discourse."
ENGL 30: Academic Writing Workshop. Bi-weekly writing workshop designed for students who identify as basic writers. Students workshop and revise drafts of essays for ENGL 130.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Composition Workshop. Summer writing program to prepare incoming EOP students for the demands of college-level writing.
Fall 2008 – Spring 2014 (Indiana University, Bloomington)
W350: Advanced Expository Writing. Writing-intensive course for advanced undergraduates.
W270: Argumentative Writing. Elective course in argumentation and persuasion for mid-level undergraduates. Students develop a rhetorical approach to case-based civic and academic argument. Course culminates in final research project on discipline-specific arguments in the academy.
W231: Professional Writing Skills. Students develop awareness of professional writing genres, with an emphasis on professional writing as rhetorical practice. Texts produced include job materials, proposals, and recommendation reports.
W131: Elementary Composition. Required first-year writing course that introduces students to analytical habits of mind and academic writing norms.
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W131: Elementary Composition – Basic Writing. First-year writing course that provides additional support for students. Developed an inquiry-based version, with emphases in analytical reading and writing.
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Fall 2007 – Summer 2008 (Chemeketa Community College)
WR 121: Composition-Exposition. Transfer-level composition course that emphasizes genres of academic reading and writing.
WR 115: Introduction to Composition. Non-transferable course for basic writers who require additional practice with academic writing conventions.