As a teacher and mentor for nearly two decades, my teaching philosophy has evolved to center three principles that guide my work toward inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility: anchoring writing in rhetoric; enacting a just class space; and centering students.

Below you will find brief descriptions of courses I have taught recently. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Courses Taught

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rhetorical reading & writing

James Madison University

First year writing course that teaches students how to write effectively in new situations. By practicing reading and writing as rhetorical activities, students learn how to explore and research topics; design writing for diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions; and use feedback to improve their writing.

Principles of visual communication

Arizona State University

Combined graduate/advanced undergraduate course on using design principles, rhetorical knowledge, and tools of visual communication in print and electronic media, with an emphasis on document design, including typography and color, as well as basic web design and accessibility/usability concerns.

Visualizing data & information

Arizona State University

Combined graduate/advanced undergraduate course on data management and use of software tools to communicate patterns and tell visual stories, as well as how to make ethical choices in visualization design and delivery in ways that assist audiences to effectively access and process information.

social media in the workplace

Arizona State University

Combined graduate/advanced undergraduate course exploring rhetorical strategies for using social media in workplace situations, including how different social media meets the needs of different audiences and communities, and consideration of intellectual property, copyright, justice, and ethics.

rhetoric, technology, & the internet

University of Minnesota

Advanced undergraduate course examining the visible and invisible influences that technology and the internet have in the world and our lives, using rhetoric as a framework for interrogating how people communicate with, through, and about technology. Considers how interfaces we use daily exist within social, political, economic, and cultural systems, and how positionality, privilege, and power are embedded in conceptions of technology and technology use.

technical & professional writing

University of Minnesota

Advanced writing-intensive undergraduate course covering the fundamentals of workplace writing, including composing common genres, explaining complex technical information to different audiences, rhetorical analysis and strategies, designing visual and verbal information, and considering ethical implications and the ways knowledge, power, and human activity impact writing.

business & professional writing

University of Minnesota

Undergraduate course exploring communication within and among organizations to promote business, including persuasive communication that supports new proposals, products, or grants. Approaches business writing as grounded in the rhetorical situation, or an understanding of audience, purpose, context, and ethical implications of communication.


University of Minnesota

Intensive first-year writing course on the fundamentals of academic writing. Approaches writing as a flexible and fluid revision-based process anchored in understanding and responding to rhetorical situations. Prepares students with a set of flexible skills that will help them approach each writing situation prepared to assess and address the unique aspects of that scenario.