Teaching

Philosophy:

  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 with the skills for adapting it situationally.

  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

31 different courses at 9 institutions



Duke University, Writing Program

The Dialog Laboratory

Academic Writing: Attending to Attention – The Secret Method of the Liberal Arts

New York University (via NYU Shanghai), Writing Program

Writing as Inquiry [first-year writing]

Perspectives on the Humanities: Attending to Attention – The Secret Method of the Liberal Arts [second-year writing, theme-based]

Faculty & Curriculum Advisor of English Language, Digital Skills Training Program

American University of Beirut, Department of English

Rhetorical Theory for the Literature and Linguistics Disciplines (Graduate)

Theories and Practices of Attention (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Writing in the Disciplines (Graduate)

Advanced Academic Writing for English Majors [WID course]

Academic Research Writing [second-year writing, research-based]

Critical Reading and Writing [first-year writing, textual response-based]

MA Thesis committee member in English Literature

In the Direction of Thick Dust: Navigating Humanism and Posthumanism in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

The Death of the Subject in Postmodern Media

Flight and Fancy: Astral Travel in Cavendish and Milton

MA Thesis committee member in English Language/Linguistics

Racist Discourse in Lebanon: Kafala System, Laws, and Facebook's Lebanese Madam Facebook Group

Perceptions of Faculty in the Communication Skills Program at the American University of Beirut of Online Learning during Covid-19

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

Television and Society: Modes of Criticism

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Communication

Public Speaking: Monolog as Dialog

Public Speaking: Lies, Distortion, and Bullshit

Argument: Theory and Workshop

Rhetorical Process (Intro to Rhetoric): Textual Analysis and Performativity

Rhetorical Process (Intro to Rhetoric): Theory and Public Performance, TA for 4 course sections

Rhetorical Process (Intro to Rhetoric): 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

Mass Communication Process (Intro to Media Studies): How the Internet Works and Why It Matters

Mass Communication Process (Intro to Media Studies): Media Effects and Public Culture

Mass Communication Process (Intro to Media Studies): History of Media Technology, Law, and Institutions, TA for 4 course sections

Mass Communication Process (Intro to Media Studies): Media Culture, TA for 4 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