- PHD, University Of Minnesota Twin Cities
Join one of my first-year writing courses if you want to approach college writing as a creative art that involves structured practice and intellectual discovery. Through a mix of "wild" and "styled" writing, you will create the building blocks of essays that present sophisticated truths about the world. Along the way, we will experience the value of participating in the whole writing process, from invention to presentation, and discuss "good" and "bad" writing from the perspective of distinct styles.
Before teaching full time, I studied writing and rhetoric at the University of Minnesota, where I received my doctorate degree in 2016. My dissertation used ethnographic methods to re-conceptualize how students’ beliefs about race and racism are shaped by their work in the first-year writing classroom. This research impressed upon me the importance of actively valuing students’ texts by publicly recognizing their strengths and insights and by utilizing them extensively in classroom activities. I encourage students to approach their peers’ work as our real textbook. My writing has appeared in the academic journals Rhetoric Review, Composition Forum, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Composition Studies.
Outside of work, you can find me mountain biking at Theodore Wirth park, cooking with my wife and daughters, honing my Spanish conversation skills, and re-watching episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."