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.
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
ENGL 417: Special Topic – Writing for the Web
ENGL 317: Writing for Business and Industry
ENGL 301: Rhetoric and Science
PRWR 731: Science and Its Public Audience
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.