Teaching Philosophy

I teach courses in academic writing, multimodal composition, and composition theory and pedagogy.

In my teaching, I challenge students not only to think of themselves as writers and creators of multimodal texts but also as researchers and scholars contributing to larger conversations outside the classroom. Through each class I teach, I work to foster student learning through creative inquiry and critical thinking. In first-year composition, professional writing, and multimedia production courses, I ask students to pose critical questions, explore those questions through a variety of different research methods, and join a larger discussion—online and off—by sharing their work and their findings with a wider campus community. Through a focus on independent inquiry, my classes ask students to practice different methods for exploring academic ideas through research.

Along with emphasizing research and inquiry, I also encourage students to see their writing as purposeful, based in rhetorical intention, and shaped by genres that act as helpful but malleable constructs for their ideas. Students write reflections for each major project, whether print based or multimodal, considering their composing choices and connecting their work to theory we have read in class. Through this process, I encourage students to consider the affordances of the medium they are using, and to describe how the genre conventions and audience expectations of that form influence their message.

My teaching philosophy is also influenced by years of work in writing centers, which view students as producers of knowledge and meaning as well as resources for each other. I emphasize peer group work and collaboration both in class activities and on larger writing assignments. Students meet in the same writing groups for the duration of the semester at different stages throughout the writing process to share feedback and ideas with their classmates.

In all my teaching interactions, I challenge individuals to ask hard questions, to conduct research through a variety of methods, and to consider the materiality and genre of the texts they compose. I encourage them, in addition, to share that work, whether text, image, audio or video, in order to contribute productively to scholarly and public conversations.

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