I have been an educator, in one form or another, the length of my career.
Even my editing approach is shaped by my writing center and language teaching experiences. In the classroom, I use active-learning and community-based approaches to help students connect their learning to their experiences, knowledge, and communities.
As a writing instructor with the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island, I have taught everything from first-year writing to community-based writing and cultural rhetorics. I have experience with hybrid and online courses, summer/intensive courses, and sections dedicated to international students. Click on the links to see past syllabi.
- Writing to Inform & Explain (FYW)
- Introduction to Research Writing (FYW)
- Writing Argumentative & Persuasive Texts
- Writing Culture
- Writing for Community Service
Additionally, check out a few of the lessons that I put on YouTube for students in my hybrid/online course “Introduction to Research Writing” (Spring 2020) and my interview on the podcast It’s About Language.
Writing Center and Writing in the Disciplines
In 2012 I established what would become the Business Writing Specialist position for the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. Along with supporting undergrad and MBA student writers with one-on-one tutoring, I worked closely with faculty to teach business communication skills and to create a slate of resources and an assessment tool and schema. Here are some of the materials I developed.
- Business Writing Guide
- Developing a Trend of Great Business Student Writers (white paper)
- Grammar & Mechanics Workbook
- Research in Business Series
- Strong Series
In 2006, after working as a part-time writing advisor for the Academic Writing Centre/Centre d’aide de redaction des travaux universitaires at the University of Ottawa, I joined their full-time staff as their first Graduate Writing Coordinator. I enjoyed expanding their offerings and working with writers at all levels and disciplines in English and French.
Foreign & Second Language Teaching
In college, I worked as a French teaching assistant for the Department of Modern Languages, then I became an English language teacher in Yamanashi-ken, Japan. These experiences–helping others learn the intricacies and patterns of languages and the cultures intimately connected to those languages–have played an ongoing and important role in my teaching and my editing. I have drawn on these experiences in particular with my editing work for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs and for clients around the world.