Specialty: English and Writing
|Dept:||Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|Schedule:||Autumn 2013 office hours: Mondays, 9:00-10:00 a.m., and Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.|
- M.A., English, Western Washington University, 2013.
- B.A., English Literature, University of Chicago, 2001.
I currently teach composition 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 contemporary historical events in a composition curriculum.
My background includes two conference presentations at the 4Cs 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
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.