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]

Teaching Awards

  • 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 Pennsylvania 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

Teaching Experience

American University of Beirut, Department of English

Theories of Attention

Academic Research Writing

Critical Reading and Writing

Writing in the Disciplines for Graduate Students

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 & 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

Special Topics in Communication: Theories of Attention in Rhetoric and Media

Discussion: Group Communication Laboratory

Interpersonal Communication: Praxis

Argument: Theory and Workshop

Communication Process (Intro to Communication Theory): Communication as Culture, TA for 8 course sections

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