Teaching

I have experience teaching practical and theoretical courses in communication. My pedagogy is influenced by my experience as a communication professional and by my work as an advocate.
My approach to teaching involves asking many questions to encourage active participation in the classroom and help students exercise critical thinking and judgment. My goal is for students to leave my classroom with the skills and passion they need to be engaged in (re-)shaping culture and politics in their communities.
Courses
 
Fall 2019
CMST 2120: Argumentation & Debate
JMC 3350: Media Communication Research
Spring 2019
 
CMST 101W: Interpersonal Communication
CMST 102: Public Speaking
CMST 306: Communication Research Methods
PAST
CMST 310: Performance of Literature
This course teaches students the art of oral interpretation, from poetry to personal narrative, as individuals and in groups. 
Instructor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Fall 2018. 
CMST 301: Communication Approaches & Perspectives
A survey course of communication theory, including both social science and interpretive approaches. 
Instructor, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Fall 2018.
CA260: Communication and Human Behavior
A survey course of communication science and rhetorical studies for Communication Arts majors. Topics include interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, and rhetorical theory. In Spring 2018, I taught this as a blended course, with online and in-person elements. 
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2017-2018.
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2014-2015. 
CA976: Rhetorical Criticism
A graduate level seminar on rhetorical methods.
Course Graduate Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Fall 2017.
CA262: Theory & Practice of Argumentation & Debate
A writing- and speaking-intensive course which culminates in debates on current events.
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2013-2014.
 
C223: Business and Professional Communication
A service learning course which allows students to use communication to intervene in their local community. Service learning partners included a shelter for homeless youth, a domestic violence shelter, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2008-2009.
 
C121: Public Speaking
An introduction to the art and practice of public speaking.
Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 2007-2008.

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