Whether teaching first-year writing, upper-class literature, creative writing, or online courses, my pedagogical objective, following from such theorists as Peter Elbow and Kenneth Macrorie, is to promote student collaboration and encourage the expression of individual interests and learning processes. Of course, the primary goal in all these environments is to improve writing competency, writing self-reflexion, and critical reading skills, what I call Reading-as-an-Editor. Therefore, I require students to act as both editors and writers, with the peer-review process acting as among the most important procedures to scaffold not just writing and reading competencies, but, perhaps more importantly, to assist them in developing self-confidence in regards to their writing abilities. In order to accomplish these priorities, I increasingly takes advantage of emerging Internet technologies and software programs to innovate new ways of approaching class material.
Sample Syllabi and Evaluations
Fictions of the Millennial College Experience
Animal Studies: From The Lion King to Stephen King
The Young Adult Novel and Mental Illness
Global Texts: Adaptation and Appropriation
The Medical Humanities and Creative Writing
English 2 Postmodern Communities
Amaranth: Creative Writing and Journal Publication
Sci-Fi and Contemporary Culture (online)
Digital Culture and The New Sincerity
*More syllabi and evaluations available upon request.