Over the past few years, I have taught a variety of courses in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, autobiography, contemporary international writing, and introductory courses in English studies and academic writing. You can find links to my courses on the right side of this page or linked below. What follows is an informal overview of my work as a teacher.
At the College of Charleston, I am currently (Spring 2013) teaching two sections of Introduction to English Studies: Discovering What Literature Knows (which I taught for the first time during the Spring 2012 semester) along with a training course for peer educators in the Honors College. Last semester, I taught “The ‘Great’ American Novel: 1900-1965“ along with a first-year academic writing course that I have offered consistently over the past two years called “Rhetorics of Age: Tracking Change in Life and Culture.” I was also part of an instructional team developing and leading Beyond George Street, the Honors College’s first-year experience course. In Fall 2011 I taught “Modern Poetry: From Word to World,” and during the previous academic year, I developed two new courses: “Transnational Poetry: Walt Whitman in America and Beyond,” and “Writing the ‘American’ Self: Autobiography from the Founding to Facebook.”
Though I am happy–at times even relieved–to go unplugged in the classroom, I frequently incorporate technology in my teaching, whether that involves blogging, podcasting, setting up topical Twitterfalls on course websites to help spark ideas, or guiding my students as they explore the vast array of digital research tools that provide intriguing opportunities for engaging, analyzing, and visualizing both text and context.