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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

—> ENGL 477: Advanced Environmental Writing (fall 2018)
In 2018, reaching an audience interested in environmental issues means creating compelling texts for an array of print and online platforms. Students in this course will write short articles, record podcasts, make videos, craft memes, and author multimodal texts. Come prepared to conduct research both in archives and the field as you create dynamic and compelling stories about environmental issues. We will pay close attention to the local, studying the ecological footprint of the U of I Campus and high-stakes environmental issues in the local community. Students from across campus are encouraged to enroll.

—> ENGL 481: Composition Theory and Practice (fall 2018)
Teaching writing is always labor intensive, often challenging, and occasionally terrifying. In this course, we will explore a core set of questions that inform the teaching of writing in middle- and high-school: Why teach writing? What is academic writing good for? Is there such a thing as good writing? Are phones good writing machines? Do writing pedagogies privilege certain people? This course is designed with future language arts teachers in mind, so you'll complete the class ready to: design compelling assignments that challenge your students, respond effectively to student writing, create thoughtful writing assignments, support various forms of multimodal writing, and work with writers who challenge what you know and how you think. Students who take this class should be prepared to question how you were taught to write in school.

Current Courses

—> RHET 233: The End of Writing (spring 2018)
—> ENGL 121: Can Comics Change the World? (spring 2018)

Previous Courses @ UIUC

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