Teaching

I have always wanted to be a teacher, even since I was little. While I have been a volunteer teacher in many different community organizations over the years, on this page, you will find descriptions of and syllabi for university-level courses I have taught.

If you have any questions–or if you want to compare teaching notes or swap lesson plans, activities, or assignments–please contact me.

The following classes are all advanced writing courses (3000-level or above).

Technical and Professional Writing
This is the course I have taught most often. I take a genre-based approach to providing students with a variety of experiences writing in different technical and professional genres, such as emails, instructions, proposals, descriptions, presentations, and scientific reports.

I have taught this course in face-to-face and online formats.

You can check out the most recent syllabus here.

 

Rhetorical Theory for Writing Studies
This course is designed to provide students with a solid background in important principles of rhetorical theory and criticism. In particular, we discuss the relationship of rhetoric to scientific discourses and technical communication. Sure, the class is called “Rhetorical Theory,” but theory never was meant to be totally disconnected from practice. 

Here is the most recent syllabus.

 

Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet
In this class, we study how persuasive communication is tailored to the internet, how internet technologies enable and limit persuasion, and how we might adapt rhetorical theory to 21st century digital writing. We also look at ethical issues, including free speech, copyright, fair use, and privacy, as well as rhetorics of social networks.

Please click here for the syllabus.

 

Technical and Professional Presentations

This advanced oral presentation course focuses on the public speaking skills required in scientific and technical fields. In this class, students learn and practice theories and techniques for delivering effective, professional-quality presentations on scientific and technical topics.

See the syllabus.

 

Business and Professional Writing
This course is an intermediate writing course that focuses on principles and practices of writing in business and professional contexts. It includes both oral and written components, since writing and speaking go hand in hand in professional practice. It also includes several collaborative assignments, such as a team proposal and its presentation to the rest of the class, since professional writing is often done by pairs or in small groups. The course also includes a unit that focuses on students’ individual professional identities, and provides ample opportunity for workshops on resume writing and digital presence formation.

Take a look at the syllabus.

 

Public Writing
This course provides students with practice and study of public writing beyond the academy or professions, such as writing for one’s local, national, or global community. It offers advanced study of the rhetorical perspectives in shaping one’s written communication; critical analysis of audience, purpose, message, power/authority, and context; a deeper understanding of research and information literacy, including critical examination of sources–especially internet sources–as well as the research process involved in various writing activities. The course also provides an examination of public writing and its important intersections with disciplines and emerging digital technologies. Finally, it also considers the use of disciplinary knowledge and an awareness of values to inform public discourse.

Here is the syllabus.

Last but not Least is this class, which is the equivalent of Freshman Composition:

Writing and Rhetoric
This class provides first-year students with an introduction to writing at the college level, including theories and applications of principles of rhetoric, as well as academic research writing.