Education is about more than a degree. Its greatest purpose is to shape students into the readers, writers, thinkers, workers, friends, family, neighbors, citizens – the overall people – they wish to become. It is about setting a trajectory for a life well-lived. The study of English opens doors to the other disciplines, nurtures curiosity, cultivates empathy, and enriches the imagination. My goal is to encourage students to make connections and push the boundaries of what they believe they are capable of, rather than rely on formulaic or familiar patterns of thinking.
Generative | Collaborative | Process | Revision | Community
I approach writing instruction, first and foremost, as a writer. While this approach may be simple in theory, it defines the design and the tone of my courses. To create this environment, I am committed to writing alongside my students, thus modeling the pathways of the writing process and inviting them to join me in the pursuit of the writing life. The classroom environment is collaborative and curious. As teacher and students, our approach is centered upon the literary text or student work at hand, around which we engage in a collaborative atmosphere. Thus, I endeavor to serve both as guide and as fellow learner in an environment where growth is grounded in relationship and we seek to learn from one another.
I have taught in a variety of modes and contexts including in-person, web-based asynchronous, video-based synchronous, and mixed-mode.
Composition II – A research-based, Writing Studies, general education course. Students develop and complete an original research project from proposal to final draft.
Introduction to Creative Writing – A multi-genre introductory course prompting students to explore, experiment, and discover the possibilities and purpose of creative writing. Students produce original work in each genre and prepare craft essays
Fiction Workshop – An intermediate fiction writing workshop focused on the various craft elements of literary short fiction, including selected readings in contemporary fiction. Students produce original work and present their work for workshop critique.