My teaching informs and extends my research. I regularly teach first-year composition (FYC), which is called ENGL105: Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric at UNC. In this writing in the disciplines course, students experiment with the writing process and compose projects in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities genres. Using three different “real world” genres, 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, and multimedia public service announcements.
In AY 2015-2016, I taught ENGL105i: Writing in Health and Medicine, a specialized writing in the disciplines FYC course, that exposes students to a range of professional and public scientific and medical genres. I was able to use my research about the rhetorics of Lyme Disease as an example of how arguments about scientific and medical controversies change and circulate.
In addition to my experience in the writing classroom, I have served as a teaching assistant for WMST101: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and WMST250: 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 ENGL055: Reading and Writing Women’s Lives (fall 2014) and ENGL283: Life Writing (summer 2016 and 2017).
My teaching experience also extends beyond the traditional university classroom. I have worked as a teaching assistant for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program and the Warrior-Scholar Project, as well as a sexual health peer educator with SHARE through the University of Maryland Health Center.