My students remain the reason why I love what I do. They never fail to surprise me with their unique insights. Some of the classes I have taught so far are described below. What is not included are the many interactions, discussions, and moments of discovery in the classroom that keep me going.
COURSES TAUGHT AT UINDY
WESTERN WORLD LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Introduction to literature and critical thinking: novels, stories, poetry, graphic texts, etc. on issues related to empathy and human understanding. Summer online courses themed around travel and identity.
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
Survey course focuses on different genres, texts, and contexts of American literature spanning 1865 through the present.
Interdisciplinary course on intertextuality and identity as it relates to rhetoric, poetry, and other topics. Themed on Beyonce Carter-Knowles' 2016 visual album, Lemonade.
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
300-level survey course on African American literature from slave narratives to contemporary works and relevant historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Graduate and undergraduate cross-listed course featuring the texts, contexts, and theoretical frameworks of literature from colonized and formerly colonized nations.
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Course for both English and Education students studying the themes and foundations of novels, short stories, poetry, and other genres intended for adolescent readers.
First-year seminar course investigating the nature and purposes of metafiction (or self-referential fiction) in literature and popular culture.
Introduction to writing, rhetoric, and research: archive work with Carlisle Indian Industrial School Archives, research work with the Serial podcast, etc.
Course focused on the literature, art, and music of Afrofuturism, with works by authors such as N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, and Colson Whitehead. To see a video of her speaking with some awesome people about Afrofuturism, click here.
PREVIOUS COURSES TAUGHT
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION
First-year course introducing students to college writing. My classes focused on community engagement and current events as a way to familiarize students with composition and the basics of rhetoric, including audience, the canons, and the appeals.
ADVANCED COMPOSITION (SPEAKING-INTENSIVE)
This course used speaking assignments to develop students’ research and writing skills. My course employed oral presentations, class discussion of research monographs and other readings, research proposals, and fieldwork to illustrate how writing involves a deep responsibility towards fellow scholars and research subjects, and an eye to shaping public discourse.
INTRODUCTION TO NARRATIVE
Introductory course for non-majors examining formal aspects of narrative in fiction, drama, poetry, and the personal essay. Students in my course investigated these features through the lens of gender, race, and ethnicity, questioning the ways these aspects are complicated through narrative forms and secondary critical texts.
WORLD LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
Global survey course introducing students to primary and secondary material from the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Students analyzed perspectives on the idea of “home” in multiple genres and interrogated issues related to travel, immigration, relocation, and postcolonialism.