In my classroom, I strive to create an accessible and inclusive environment built on mutual respect and encouragement where students feel supported, empowered, and connected not just to the work we do in class but to its many applications in their lives and respective communities.
Since 2013, I have instructed roughly 500 undergraduate and college-bridge program students in 18 face-to-face and online courses in writing, research, film studies, and television criticism over 16 semesters. Below is a selected list of some of the courses I have taught and materials used.
Introduction to Television Studies
Taught: Spring 2017, Spring 2016 (online)
Introduction to Television Studies provides students with the fundamentals of studying television through narrative, production and aesthetics, and audiences and fans. Students were invited to screen specific TV episodes related to the week’s reading and contribute to discussion, in-class learning activities, and analytical writing assignments.
Television Criticism and Theory
Taught: Spring 2019
Television Criticism and Theory builds on the concepts of Intro to Television Studies with a special focus on industry. The class was structured into three units: history of TV and TV Studies, the television industry, and reception and audiences. In addition to screening episodes and participating in discussion, students produced a midterm research project analyzing a TV network or production company of their choice and a final group project creating and presenting on an original television pilot outline.
Entertainment Arts: Film, TV, & the Internet
Taught: Fall 2016 (online), Fall 2015 (online), Spring 2015 (TA)
I first led discussion sections for this class as a teaching assistant. As the instructor of record, I adapted the lecture and activity materials for the online D2L version, focusing on film (photography, mise-en-scene, narrative, editing, ideology), television (history, flow, cultural forum), and digital media (gaming, social media, intertextuality, convergence).
History of Film: Global Perspectives
Taught: Spring 2016 (online), Spring 2017 (online)
I adapted and designed this course for New Mexico State University Carlsbad using Canvas. I completed an instructional design certification with Quality Matters and piloted the course. I then incorporated peer review feedback for the revised version. The course focuses on major eras and movements in film history, from the Lumiere Brothers’ early films in the late 1800s, to the digitization of cinema in the early 2000s. The course also has a particular emphasis on global film from France, Germany, Japan, Italy, South Africa, and India.
Introduction to College Writing
Taught: Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Introduction to College Writing is the fundamental English college course of the First Year Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Students were asked to consider the rhetorical situation of assigned course texts (web comic, satirical letter, documentary) and produce a portfolio of revised work as well as a reflection essay to be anonymously assessed by other College Writing instructors.
College Research and Writing
Taught: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
This course builds on the rhetorical analysis concepts learned in Introduction to College Writing and invites students to develop original research projects that assessed and incorporated scholarly sources on a topic of their choosing. Students learned how to put sources into conversation with each other and reflect on the evolution of their research question through reading and writing. Final projects were placed in a portfolio to be anonymously assessed by other instructors.
Upward Bound Math & Science
Taught: Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019
During my summers in graduate school, I taught two 6-week-long classes (Introduction to College Writing and Introduction to Composition and Literature) for high school students from underrepresented racial and low-income backgrounds interested in pursuing STEM in college.
College for Kids/Teens
Taught: Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019
I also created and taught week-long summer courses for middle school and high school students in areas like Film Studies, Television Studies, Digital Culture, Playwriting, Fiction Workshop, and Life Skills.