Teaching Philosophy

My background is in creative writing and writing studies, and these parts of my identity come through in both my scholarship and teaching through embracing an arts-based pedagogy and intersecting art and writing. I encourage my students to be curious, exercise creativity, and use arts-based approaches in the classroom (for example, through collaging or writing poetry) to foster an environment of investigation and innovation.

Identity is complex, and each student comes into my class with their own knowledges, perspectives, and experiences. Because of the complexity of identity, composers, compositions, and audiences are also complex, and this emphasizes the need for approaches to composition that move beyond the traditional alphabetic format. I advocate for a queered pedagogical approach that creates space for new ways of thinking and communicating, breaks down over-simplified dichotomies and outdated traditions, and decentralizes the classroom. One way I challenge students to think outside of traditional composing forms is by giving them opportunities to compose using multiple modalities and tools. Sometimes these tools are digital (ex. audio, video, and online tools/programs) and sometimes they are non-digital (ex. collaging, drawing, and painting).

I also strive to break down the teacher-student hierarchy and invest in each of my students as people, learners, teachers, and scholars. I desire to engage in mutual learning and meaning-making with my students, and this often comes through facilitating an active learning space where students collaborate with each other and myself. Through this teacher-learner approach, I am always gaining new knowledge and reflecting on my practices as an instructor. As a result, I consistently return to my teaching philosophy to reexamine and reimagine it.

Sample Courses and Syllabi

ENG 210 Technical Writing (University of Southern Indiana)
  • Course description: “The fundamentals of technical communication with emphasis on clear, precise, and orderly exposition.”
  • ENG 210 syllabus/course schedule
ENG 411 Writing in the Digital Age (University of Southern Indiana)
  • Course description: “A course in the kinds of writing made possible by computer-based composing with attention to the impact of technology and computers upon the writer’s process and product. The course will cover word processing, document design, desktop publishing, hypertext, email, Internet information access, and multimedia presentation.”
  • ENG 411 syllabus/course schedule
GNDR 111 Introduction to Gender Studies (University of Southern Indiana)
  • Course description: “This course is designed as an introduction to the field of gender studies and the many ways gender is understood and examined. Lectures will be drawn from the humanities and social sciences as well as other disciplines within and beyond Liberal Arts.”
  • GNDR 111 syllabus/course schedule