Teaching

As a Teaching Fellow in the English department at UNC-Chapel Hill, I teach courses in composition, literature, and film. With the help of great students and a supportive teaching community, I have been fortunate to win three teaching awards, including the most prestigious award available to graduate students, the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2018).

Most frequently, I teach the university’s introductory course in composition and rhetoric, ENGL 105: Writing Across the Disciplines (see syllabus). This workshop class teaches students to research, write, persuade, and analyze–in short, to argue. Through a series of projects spanning written, oral, and digital communication, the class hones understanding and command of three disciplinary fields: the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. 


I have also taught ENGL 144: Popular Genres (syllabus), which follows four genres (horror, fantasy, detective fiction, and science fiction) from the late nineteenth century to now. The class covers short stories, poetry, novels, films, and comics as students scrutinize (and enjoy!) popular genres with respect to issues of class, gender, race, ideology, and aesthetic quality. Students also use this class to examine the politics and economics that separate so-called popular and genre fiction from literary fiction.

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Additionally, I served as a Teaching Assistant for ENGL 268: Literature, Medicine, and Culture (syllabus). This interdisciplinary medical humanities course focuses on a conceptual chiasmus: the medicalization of culture and the acculturation of medicine. Students work across a range of texts to consider the history of medicine, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and medical anthropology.

Apart from my classroom teaching, I have served as a Graduate Research Assistant for two courses: CMPL 142: Visual Culture & ENGL 344: Literature of the American West. As a GRC, I work with students one-on-one to develop and refine research projects.