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—> I teach undergraduate courses @ the University of Illinois about the rhetoric of contemporary protest, writing for the web, and writing technologies. I also teach future teachers to be the best language arts teachers they can possibly be.

—> I teach graduate courses in the English Department and Center for Writing Studies about such topics as the rhetoric of protest and social action, digital scholarship, rhetorical theory, discourse analysis, and environmental rhetoric.

—> From 2010-2012, I taught a class called "Literature" (focused on graphic narratives) in the Odyssey Project @ UIUC.

—> In 2012 I taught two workshops at the Danville Correctional Center through the Educational Justice Project.

—> I regularly run workshops for teachers in the Chicago Public Schools; the workshops focus teaching techniques for using graphic narratives in language arts classes. Past workshops have been at the Newberry Library, Univeristy of Chicago Lab School, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Upcoming Courses

spring 2018

—> ENGL 121: Can Comics Change the World?: Some comics have been banned while others have been dismissed as insignificant. In this class we will explore a variety of comic forms, including experimental art comics, super-hero comics, non-fiction comics, action-adventure manga, political webcomics, and adaptations of comics into movies. The main requirement of students in this class is that you read and come to class prepared to discuss ... comics! There are no formal papers or tests in this class; students will complete assignments involving podcasting, making mash-ups of comics, and creating mini-comics.

—> RHET 233: The End of Writing: In this course, you will use writing to create podcasts, vlogs, how-to videos, reviews, comics, blog posts, clickbait headlines, and even phishing scams. The purpose of the class is to build your writing skills at a moment when many productive writers work across media, platforms, and devices. Students should expect a workshop environment in which you create things in class. Expect to work on teams for some projects and alone for others. Expect to learn some code (simple html), work with video and audio editing software, and use a smartphone as a writing tool. "The End of Writing" is a class based on the idea that big changes have influenced what it means to write effectively in 2018.

Current Courses

—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2017)
—> ENGL 505: Writing Studies (spring 2017)

Previous Courses @ UIUC

—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2017)
—> ENGL 584: Protest Rhetoric (spring 2017)
—> RHET 233: Rhetorical Tactics and Protest (fall 2016)
—> WRIT/INFO 303: Writing Across Media (fall 2016)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2014)
—> FAA 110: Exploring Arts and Creativity (spring 2014)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (fall 2013)
—> ENGL 593: Professional Seminar, Teaching of Rhetoric (fall 2012)
—> ENGL 505: Writing Studies I (fall 2012)
—> Odyssey Project: Literature (fall 2012)
—> ENGL 380/INFO 390: Writing in a Digital World (online summer 2012)
—> ENGL 584: Rhetoric of Environmental Movements (spring 2012)
—> ENGL 505: Writing Studies I (fall 2011)
—> Odyssey Project: Literature (fall 2011)
—> ENGL 380/INFO 390: Writing in a Digital World (spring 2010)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2010)
—> ENGL 505: Writing Studies I (fall 2010)
—> Odyssey Project: Literature (fall 2010)
—> FAA 199: Art, Creativity, Diversity (fall 2010)
—> ENGL 584: Writing for the Web (spring 2009)
—> ENGL 300: Graphic Novels (spring 2008)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2008)
—> ENGL 482: Writing Technologies (fall 2007)
—> ENGL 582: Genre Theory (fall 2007)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2007)
—> ENGL 506: Discourse Analysis (spring 2007)
—> ENGL 482: Writing Technologies (fall 2006)
—> ENGL 584: The Rhetoric of Social Engagement (fall 2006)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (spring 2006)
—> ENGL 582: Texts & Environmental Encounter (spring 2006)
—> ENGL 482: Writing Technologies (fall 2005)
—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (fall 2005)

2001-2005: Courses Taught @ the University of Washington

—> ENGL 104/105: Introductory Composition
—> ENGL 111: Composition—Literature
—> ENGL 131: Composition—Exposition
—> ENGL 567: Approaches to Teaching Composition (TA)