Category Archives: Teaching

Graduate School Panel: Mentoring in Action

On Wednesday, November 7th, I will be joining two of my English department colleagues to talk to our students about graduate school. Together, we’ll be offering honest advice about whether or not to pursue an MA, MFA, or PhD, and giving tips on what to know prior to starting an academic career. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and hearing what questions Siena’s students have about grad school!

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Spring 2019 Teaching Flyers

I’m super excited about the courses I will be teaching at Siena in the spring. In addition to teaching Writing 100 again (with a theme of conspiracy theories which my students are really enjoying!), I am also teaching a Short Story class focused on science fiction, and I’m putting together a brand new course on Rhetoric and Social media! Stay tuned for syllabi and assignment sheets on my teaching page (coming January 2019).

Teaching Award Fall 2017

On January 29th I received a Quintilian Award for my teaching for the fall 2017 semester. The award, given by the Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP) program, recognizes teachers who achieve exceptional course evaluations for English 106 classes.

My application score was a 4.9/5.0.

To receive the award, applicants must have a median score of 4.6/5.0 for the following 7 course evaluation categories:

–Overall, I would rate this course as…

–Overall, I would rate this instructor as…

–Course requirements are clear

–My instructor seems well prepared for class

–When I have a question or comment, I know it will be respected

–This course effectively challenges me to think

–My instructor shows respect for diverse groups of people

Press on WSP at the University of Michigan!

This year I had the privilege to serve as one of two writing instructors at the University of Michigan Warrior-Scholar Project. The student newspaper, the Michigan Daily, wrote an article about some of the awesome students and staff we had at the program this year! The photo features one of our students and my fellow writing instructor, Mary Beth Harris.

Read the Article Here

Warrior-Scholar Project

I recently had the opportunity to visit the 2014 Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) at Yale University as part of my preparation to serve as a writing instructor at the inaugural pilot program of WSP at the University of Michigan. While there, I joined the students in visiting the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript library:

Me walking with a Yale WSP student to view the Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library. Photo Credit: Paul D. Shinkman, US News & World Report. 2014.

Read the full article.

For more on my participation in WSP, please visit my Warrior-Scholar Project page.

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