I love teaching because it’s always a new challenge, and when I teach, I consistently feel “present” and engaged. I’m excited to get to know the students at UCSC!

My teaching focuses on the politics of reading, writing, and disability, and my assignments typically push students out of their comfort zones. The readings in composition and rhetoric that changed me as a teacher include John Trimbur’s work on “dissensus,” Katherine Willis’ piece on “easy psychic income,” Dawn Skorczewski’s re-articulation of cliche, and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson’s essay on rhetorics of mental disability.



Writing 2: I teach this a little differently each time, but here’s a syllabus from Fall 2019.

Writing 1: Here’s a syllabus from Winter 2020.



English 1020: Core Composition 1, “Logical Argument in a Post-Truth Era”

English 2030: Core Composition II, “Searching, Annotating, Reconstructing, Reflecting”

English 2060, Introduction to Writing Studies (Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

English 2070: Grammar, Rhetoric, and Style (Spring 2018)

English 3084: Multimedia Composition (Spring 2012, Fall 2010) (ONLINE Spring 2017, Fall 2015)

English 3160: Language Theory (Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015)

English 4180: Argumentation and Logic (Spring 2016, Spring 2010 version)

English 4190 Rhetoric of Disability in Film post-edit (Spring 2017)

English 4190/5190, “Rhetoric and the Body” (Spring 2015, Spring 2008 –  mixed undergraduate/graduate course)

English 4991, “Taboo Rhetorics” (Senior Seminar) (Fall 2011, Fall 2009)

English 5913: Practicum in Language and Rhetoric (Fall 2013, Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007)

English 6002, Rhetorical Theory (Fall 2011, Spring 2013)


This is a cartoon of a black and white penguin thinking hard. The bubble above its head says, "Penguins are black and white. Some old TV shows are black and white. Therefore, some penguins are old TV shows." The captions says, "Logic: another thing penguins aren't very good at."


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