Specialty: English and Writing
|Dept:||Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|Schedule:||Winter 2014 office hours: Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.|
- M.A., English, Western Washington University, 2013.
- B.A., English Literature, University of Chicago, 2001.
I currently teach 100 and 200-level writing and research courses in the Core and Writing Studies, and prior to this I taught English 101 as a graduate student instructor at Western Washington University. I am interested in working with diverse student populations, and my teaching and research interests range from genre studies and basic writing to creative nonfiction and grappling with recent historical events in a composition curriculum.
My background includes two conference presentations at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and several readings at Northwest venues, including the Richard Hugo House in Seattle and Village Books in Bellingham.
- Helping students learn that context is fundamental, that there is no such thing as universal "good" writing - what's good in one context may not be valued in another.
- Teaching and helping students write about artistic, journalistic, and other responses to national events such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
- Examining writing that we read differently in light of recent history - for example, E.B. White's essay, "Here is New York" after 9/11.
- Writing about student writers, from the rhetoric-composition field and from the creative nonfiction field, and how those two perspectives may overlap or blend
- TCORE 101: Introduction to Academic Writing
- TWRT 111: Discourse Foundations
- TWRT 211: Argument and Research in Writing
I worked for four years as a community college writing center tutor in Seattle, and I look forward to joining the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association as part of attending the October 2013 conference at the Cornish College of the Arts entitled "Piecing it Together: Making, Tinkering, and DIY in Our Colleges."
Prior volunteering sites include 826 Seattle and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.
As a new faculty member at UW Tacoma, I am still learning about the school and the community. I look forward to professional service opportunities.