Pedagogy Publications

In addition to my other writing projects, I also publish on topics related to teaching and learning in the humanities. Collaboration is one of my core professional values, so I frequently co-author essays with colleagues. I am particularly interested in creativity, digital pedagogy, instructional design, and multimodality. 

Cultivating Creative Habits

Chapter forthcoming in Quick Hits: Creativity in the Classroom, eds. Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Michael Morrone, and Deborah Whaley. Indiana University Press.

Cultivating a learning environment in which creativity is a core value enhances student engagement. Yet, in order to truly empower students to think and act creatively, we as instructors must carve out space daily for our students to cultivate creativity as a habit of mind.

"I hear it now"; or, Teaching Students to Read Poems in Novels

Essay forthcoming in Teaching Poetry Now, eds. Caroline Gelmi & Lizzy LeRud, SUNY Press. Co-authored with Annelise Norman.

How do we read poems embedded in novels, and how do we convince students that this generic navigation is a labor worth undertaking? Unprompted, students are likely to (at best) skim or (at worst) skip a poem entirely when it interrupts the prose of their assigned novel. This reading malpractice is not without consequences!

Communities of Correspondence: Compassionate Peer Review in a Post-Pandemic World

Essay forthcoming in Teaching Community College and Historically Underserved Students: Innovative, Inclusive, and Compassionate Pedagogy, eds. Melissa Dennihy & Zivah Patel, Palgrave Macmillan. Co-authored with Annelise Norman.

In this essay, we propose a two-pronged, hybrid peer review strategy that both establishes and reifies the classroom as a compassionate learning environment.

Learning Environments

Reference entry forthcoming in Constructing the Threshold: A Reference Work of Concepts between Teaching for Transfer and Teaching Writing, eds. Tom Skeen, Sherry Rankins-Robertson, and Duane Roen. WAC Clearinghouse/University of Colorado Press.

Genre

Reference entry forthcoming in Constructing the Threshold: A Reference Work of Concepts between Teaching for Transfer and Teaching Writing, eds. Tom Skeen, Sherry Rankins-Robertson, and Duane Roen. WAC Clearinghouse/University of Colorado Press.
Co-authored with Annelise Norman.

Picture This: The Pedagogical Value of Picture Books

Fairy Tales in the College Classroom: Essays to Spark Lesson Plan Ideas Across the Curriculum, ed. Heather Powers, 2024.

Picture books, I argue, should be positioned as appropriate and legitimate objects of study for young adult readers and writers in both secondary and collegiate contexts. In this chapter, I discuss picture books’ pedagogical value on three fronts: multimodality, accessibility, and diversity. 

Centers for Teaching and Learning: Investing in Your Teaching as a Graduate Student

Xchanges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Technical Communication, Writing/Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum, 2024.
Co-authored with Sarah Pedzinski.

We discuss how CTLs shaped our identities as teaching professionals and encourage readers, especially graduate students early in their teaching careers, to leverage the different kinds of resources CTLs have to offer.

Syllabus Blues? Try Reciprocal Peer Review

The Teaching Professor, 2023.
Co-authored with Sarah Pedzinski.

Peer-reviewing syllabi with colleagues can allow you to create meaningful reciprocal relationships and leverage advanced novice thinking to improve your own course. 

Learning to Cut & Paste

Literacy & NCTE Blog, 2022.

In this back-to-school blog post, I share what I learned from K-12 teachers about how to make paragraph structures more visible to first-year writing students.