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technical and professional writing - May 12, 2018
This semester I taught Technical and Professional Writing for non-majors. Using audience, genre, medium, and cultural context as tools for the analysis and production of texts, students learned to compose for many different rhetorical situations. I also helped students examine the importance of serialized professional communication, including how promotional tweets can accrue a rhetorical force over time and how a preliminary project proposal crafts an ethos that shapes the subsequent formal report.
In the end, their group projects knocked my socks off. Students identified an issue and an audience in a local community that was important to them. Then they conducted field research and compiled a report that analyzed, evaluated, and recommended solutions for responding to that issue. For example, students helped boost the sustainable practices of local businesses and improve medical resources at a day-shelter for the homeless. They also developed digital literacies while working in Adobe Acrobat, which--to my surprise--none of them had used before.
Here's an example of outstanding student work composed by Mianna Ruiz and Jade Ford. Their project seeks to increase access for international students to on-campus mental health services. Check it out!
Note: All student work on this site is published with the written consent of the authors.
Lieber memorial teaching associate award - April 13, 2018
In my fourth year of teaching, I won the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award. Since 1961, this award has acknowledged Indiana University graduate students who are "truly distinguished" teachers. I was nominated by the Chair of the English Department and competed with the best graduate student instructors from all IU campuses. Compiling my dossier for this award offered a wonderful chance for me to reflect on the terrific students, colleagues, and teaching experiences that I've had here. Below are some resources related to this award.
After I won the award, the IU Communications Team sent a two-person film crew to my professional writing class and produced this 90-second video that explains my philosophy of teaching rhetoric and writing.
Note: All video, audio, and textual content is reproduced with the consent of those involved.
inside my class
As part of my dossier, I produced this 10-minute teaching video that offers a glimpse of my pedagogical strategies. It includes excerpts from my multilingual writing, online writing, and cross-cultural writing classes. It also demonstrates how I teach textual analysis, visual analysis, and various writing strategies. I close the video with an example of the personalized audiovisual feedback that I leave for students in both online and face-to-face classes.
Note: As you can see from these two still images, I like to teach with my hands.
As part of my dossier, I also submitted an extensive--and I mean EXTENSIVE--teaching portfolio. It contains a self-analysis of my pedagogy, a collection of peer observations and student letters,unabridged evaluations, and more. If you want to take a look at it, I've included it here. But fair warning: it's 163-pages!
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