Teaching

I've been teaching at the college level for 14 years now. Before that, I even taught kindergarten and middle school. My full teaching history is available on my C.V. on the writing page, and I can provide you with sample syllabi and assignment sheets if you just ask. Below are details about a few of my teaching positions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2019 (present)
In my current position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, I teach courses in the MFA program and undergraduate creative writing minor. Because the department encourages students to write in multiple genres, I’m working with poets, nonfiction and fiction writers alike. With help from Daryl Farmer, director of the creative writing program, I’m also serving as faculty advisor for Ice Box, the in-house literary journal for UAF undergraduate students.

University of Minnesota, 2008–2018
During my time at the University of Minnesota, I taught roughly fifty sections of Technical & Professional Writing, in both in-person and online formats. In these courses we discussed workplace writing, document design and digital rhetoric. Dr. Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch served as my supervisor, and in 2010 she and I worked together to create the curriculum for online sections of Tech Writing. My students at the University of Minnesota were unceasingly bright and creative.

Loft Literary Center, 2009–2011
The Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses for youth and adults in the Twin Cities community. While I taught there, I led craft-based courses in fiction writing. My classes included "Creating Scene," "Point of View" and "Me Me Me: First-Person Narrators." The Education Director at the time, Brian Molloy, allowed me freedom in developing my own curriculum, and he was encouraging and supportive as I was learning to teach creative writing.

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