Teaching

I've been teaching at the college level for the past twelve years. Before that, I even taught kindergarten and middle school. My full teaching history is available on my C.V. at my University of Minnesota staff page, and I can provide you with sample syllabi and assignment sheets if you just ask. This spring semester, I’ll join the English faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as Term Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Technical Writing. Below is some information about where I've taught before that.

University of Minnesota, 2008–present
Over the past ten years I've taught more than forty sections of Technical & Professional Writing, in both in-person and online formats. Dr. Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch has served as my supervisor, and back in 2010 she and I worked together to create the curriculum for online sections of Tech Writing. Recently I was promoted from Teaching Specialist to Lecturer. My students at the University of Minnesota have been unceasingly bright and creative.

University of Southern Mississippi, 2013–2016
I served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while I was pursuing my Ph.D. at Southern Miss. In addition to leading core-curriculum writing courses, I also taught Fiction Writing I, in which we studied the fundamentals of narrative storytelling and the procedures of creative writing workshops. My advisor, Steven Barthelme, supervised my fiction teaching, and I feel very fortunate to have developed under his guidance.

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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