Courses Taught

Utopian/Dystopian Research Methods and the End of the World: First year composition with a focus on the contemporary fascination in popular culture with dystopian narratives and apocalyptic scenarios. Readings by Ursula Leguin, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Susan Sontag, Paolo Bacigalupa and Jonathan Safran Foer.

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Rhetoric of the Borderlands: First year composition with a focus on exploring communities and individuals who are either geographically situated on a literal or figurative border or are socially relegated to a borderland/outsider status.  Readings include selections from Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue,” and stories by Sandra Cisneros. Assignments include weekly reading responses, visual presentations with digital options, literacy narratives and the ethnography.

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Introduction to Research Methods and Bibliography: The second semester cognate to Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition.  This course introduces students to research, citation, and analysis of scholarly material.  Assignments include the annotated bibliography, proposal, and research paper.

Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition: A standard first-year composition course that invites students to familiarize themselves with the tenets of classical rhetoric in order to recognize and practice successful rhetorical strategies in their writing and speaking. Assignments include the literacy narrative, summary essay, micro-ethnography, and synthesis essay.

Western Humanities from the Enlightenment to the Present: A survey course over canonical literary texts.  Reading list includes Milton, Wollstonecraft, Descartes, Voltaire, De Pizan, Borges, Dostoyevsky, Morrison. Assessment included breaking the readings into three units, weekly discussion posts, two short papers, and two exams.

Introduction to the Fine Arts: The second semester portion of UNCW’s Introductory Creative Writing Class.  This wide-ranging course provides a cursory overview of music, sculpture, visual art, and literature while asking its students to express themselves through fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

Introduction to Creative Writing: An introductory workshop-based class that asks its students to express themselves through fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.