PhD (Rhetoric and Technical Communication), Michigan Technological University, 2014
TEFL Certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), Maximo Nivel Executive Language Center, 2007
M.A. (English with concentrations in Composition and American Literature), Northeastern University, 1989
B.A. (English), University of Maine at Fort Kent, 1986
Technical Writing II: I teach this upper-division course as an introduction to the field of technical communication. Each class is divided into two tracks. In the professional track, students practice writing within cross-cultural contexts, online professional enviroments, and in response to complex professional dilemmas that affect multiple stakeholders. In the technical track, they write and design usable instructional material for target audiences across multiple media, research and write a technical report, and present their topics in time-managed slide shows or academic posters.
Introduction to Film: This class is divided into two sections. For the first half of the semester, I take a breadth over depth approach. Students become familiar with cinematic language and conversant with essential techniques and conventions. In addition, they learn about the history of film and some of its international movements, including Soviet montage, German expressionism, Italian Neo-Realism, and French New Wave. The second half of the semester emphasizes in-depth analysis of major films and directors, mostly 20th-21st century American and European classics and independents.
Introduction to Literature: I take a distinctly multimodal and "digital humanities" approach to this course. Students read, discuss, and respond in writing to creative nonfiction prose, spoken word and slam poetry, graphic fiction, and audiovisual representations of literary art -- including video games. The emergence of digital environments and electronic networking has significantly transformed the literary landscape, and students are encouraged to navigate this shifting landscape by cultivating a critical awareness of these new literary formations.
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