1. I teach communication as I've taught people musical instruments: put the instrument in hand, stimulate play, discuss what's noticed. Listening guides the process.
  2. Jazz pedagogy: improvisation is a method for finding one's voice through experimentation within historical legacies--a practice jazz musicians call "soloing together".
  3. Jazz epistemology: knowledge is alive, in motion, reconfigurable. I teach content as well as skills for adapting it to situations. 
  4. In technological terms (as music is always technological), students learn to jailbreak any subject matter, accessing the sourcecode of culture, thought, and expression. 
[full essay available upon request]

  • Provost’s Award for Innovation in Teaching, American University in Dubai, Spring 2017.
  • Provost’s Award for Professional Engagement and Community Outreach, American University in Dubai, Spring 2017. 
  • Appointed TA Mentor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh, 2011-2012
  • Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, U of Pittsburgh, 2010.
  • Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination. U of Pittsburgh, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, (2012 ineligible as faculty status), 2013, 2014
  • Western PA Rising Star, Baker Leadership, 2010
  • Jeremy D. Friedman Memorial Award for outstanding leadership, superior scholarship, and contributions to undergraduate life on campus, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007. 


American University in Dubai, College of Arts and Sciences
Public Speaking for English Second Language
Public Speaking for English Second Language: 6 Week intensive 

Middlebury College
Influence: the Art and Practice

Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Leading Your Life, Lead TA of 11 TAs (remote)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Science, Technology and Society
Designing Your Life, TA for Intersession Course

University of Pittsburgh, College of General Studies
Media and Consumer Culture
Television and Society: 
Issues of the Public Sphere and Private Life 
Modes of Criticism

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication
Public Speaking: 
Monolog as Dialog 
Lies, Distortion, and Bullshit
Mass Communication Process (Intro to Media Studies): 
How the Internet Works and Why It Matters
Media Effects and Public Culture
History of Media Technology, Law, and Institutions, TA for 4 course sections
Media Culture, TA for 4 course sections
Rhetorical Process (Intro to Rhetoric): 
Textual Analysis and Performativity
Theory and Public Performance, TA for 4 course sections               
Rhetorical Logic and Argument, TA for 4 course sections                 
Communication Process (Intro to Communication Theory): 
Communication as Culture, TA for 8 course sections
Special Topics in Communication: 
Theories of Attention in Rhetoric and Media
Discussion: Group Communication Laboratory
Interpersonal Communication: Praxis
Argument: Theory and Workshop
Advised 3 independent studies for undergraduate internships with WTAE Television, Maniac Magazine, and Pittsburgh Sheriff's Department

University of California at Santa Barbara, Writing Program
Grammar and Stylistics: Structures of Style, undergraduate teaching assistant
Rhetoric and Writing: Criticism of Written Argument, undergraduate teaching assistant