Rhetoric, Composition, & Literacy Studies

My teaching informs and extends my research. At UNC, I regularly teach our first-year writing course, which is called Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric. In this genre-based, research-focused, writing in the disciplines course, students experiment with the writing process and compose genres in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In my teaching, I emphasize how arguments, evidence, and authority are presented in each of these fields. Thus far, I have asked students to compose scientific literature reviews, popular health/science articles, infographics, book reviews, book talks, undergraduate research grant proposals, elevator pitches, and multimedia public service announcements.

In Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Fall 2018, I taught Writing in Health and Medicine, a specialized writing in the disciplines course that exposes students to a range of professional and public scientific and medical genres. I drew on my research about the rhetorics of Lyme Disease as an example of how arguments about scientific and medical controversies change and circulate. In spring 2019, I will teach Writing in the Natural Sciences, another specialized writing in the disciplines course.

Interdisciplinary Teaching & Teaching Beyond the College Classroom

In addition to my experience in the writing classroom, I have served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Women, Art, and Culture at University of Maryland. I have also spent time helping students develop undergraduate humanities research projects in my role as a Graduate Research Consultant for Reading and Writing Women’s Lives (Fall 2014) and Life Writing (Summer 2016, 2017, and 2018 and Fall 2018).

My teaching experience also extends beyond the traditional university classroom. I have worked as a teaching assistant for the Warrior-Scholar Project and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program, as well as a sexual health peer educator with SHARE at the University of Maryland Health Center.