Postcard 233. Photo credit: Stella Marrs.
Postcard 233. Photo credit: Stella Marrs.

My teaching philosophy is grounded in my undergraduate experience at a Jesuit institution. Following the university’s mission, the professors exemplified cura personalis or “care for the whole person.” Today, as a professor, I teach writing with the whole person—the student—in mind.

The teaching of writing is a holistic endeavor, and likewise, writing plays an instrumental role in many areas of students’ lives. To help prepare students to communicate in a variety of situations, I teach them the fundamental skills they will need to adapt to situations. To that end, I uphold three pedagogical principles: to assign rhetorically-situated projects, to draw on students’ discipline-specific knowledge, and to promote the transfer of students’ writing skills to and from other situations. In turn, I hope that students will utilize the skills they learn to communicate effectively, ethically, and rhetorically in all situations.

Marquette University

Undergraduate courses:

ENGL 4986: English Department Newsletter Internship (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

ENGL 3220: Writing for Workplaces (view the Instructables that students create as their final team projects)

ENGL 3210: Writing Practices and Processes

ENGL 1301H: Honors English – Rhetoric, Science, and Writing

ENGL 1001: Academic Literacies and ENGL 1002: Public Literacies — both courses were part of the First-Year English Program and followed a program-wide curriculum

Towson University Courses 2012-2016

Undergraduate courses:

ENGL 417: Special Topic – Writing for the Web

ENGL 318: Advanced Informational Writing [course name changed to “Technical and Scientific Writing”] (view the Instructables that students created as part of their final group project)

ENGL 317: Writing for Business and Industry

ENGL 301: Rhetoric and Science

Graduate courses:

PRWR 731: Science and Its Public Audience

PRWR 637: Creating Online Help (view the Instructables that students created as part of their final portfolios)

PRWR 623: Technical Writing and Information Design

PRWR 612: Rhetorical Grammar

If you would like to see syllabi for any of these courses, please email me.