Assistant Professor, English Department
Director, Honors Program
Office: PC 1202A
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Societies
I love big ideas and reading books as much as most academics, but I also have a strong practical streak running through me. I combine those dueling passions through a love of service-learning and travel. Both of those strategies get students thinking about big issues while giving students very tangible communication skills. 89.7 % of businesses surveyed for the Workplace Readiness Report Card (2006) found that strong written communication skills are “very important” for four-year college graduates. I help students learn strategies for flexible, effective communication. In my classes and mentoring through the honors program, I emphasize
Community-based learning: Community-based writing and video projects can be particularly important for students because, as in life, there are many different voices, interests, and tasks vying for attention that they need to negotiate.
Use of emerging technologies. “Writing” well no longer means just employing words on the page; it means writing skillfully in different genres (essays, brochures, text messages, web, etc) using not only words, but pictures, sound, and video.
Discussion. I encourage students and community members to talk through ideas regularly.
The Importance of diversity: People come from a variety of backgrounds and their assumptions and values are shaped by those backgrounds (for example, geography, race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and sexual orientation). This diversity is a strength of communities but can also cause misunderstandings.