I really like teaching. Really. I think it’s a blast to sit around and think with young people. Thinking with young people is pretty much the best job there is.
Courses Taught and Imagined
At Wake Forest
Writing 107: The Bridge: Foundations in Academic Writing and Research
At Clemson University
English 103: Advanced Composition
Syllabus: ENGL 103 Syllabus
This course focuses on writing and critical thinking by using an integrated approach to writing that teaches various rhetorical strategies for reading and constructing arguments (written and visual) in both print and digital environments. You will learn to read texts critically according to key components in argumentative discourse (i.e., claims, grounds, explicit and implicit assumptions, fallacies, etc.) and to recognize the different purposes of argument. You will write and revise three writing projects based on issues and research raised in the various texts read during the semester. The assignments will give you extensive practice in reading critically and writing according to the rhetorical conventions of an argumentative essay using the full range of writing processes—invention, arrangement, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading—for multiple assignments. During this course, there will be four course strands that guide your learning:
English 212: World Literature
Syllabus: World Literature Syllabus 2012
This course will explore literary works from different countries and times, from thousands of years ago, to just a little while ago. We will stay away from American and British works because those are covered in other survey courses. We will explore what literature is, why it is important, and what we can learn from these texts. We want to learn about people and cultures across the world and how they understand and use stories. The theme for our course is imprisonment and escape; all of the texts relate to that theme in some way or other, so we can explore those ideas as well. You will be able to respond to the works in writing, but in other media as well. The course structure is largely discussion based, student-led, and exploratory. You’ll find the process of “earning an A” slightly different in this course, hopefully, in ways that are beneficial to you and enjoyable.
At Winthrop University
Writing 101: Freshman Composition
Syllabus: Writing 101 Syllabus
Course Description: Introduces students to college-level, thesis-driven, research-based writing. Focus on planning, organizing, and developing persuasive essays through the critical reading of mature prose texts. Emphasis on mastery of MLA documentation format and proper integration of source material.
A few thoughts that I like on teaching…