Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is grounded in the interconnected nature of knowledge found in literary and other texts, contextualized by multiple cultures and histories.  Rather than the mere accumulation of discrete bits of information, I see learning as the process whereby individuals link new knowledge with existing knowledge. Each new piece of information connects to another, creating an ever-increasing repository from which to draw. With a diverse repository, individuals can undertake complex analysis in a variety of intellectual and interdisciplinary contexts. My role as a professor is to model that process in classes informed by my research and enable students to embark on their own journey of intellectual development.

With pedagogical goals in view,  I frequently incorporate web-based technologies into writing assignments.  Many of the tools I use in the classroom, including blogs, Prezi presentations, virtual exhibits using Omeka (content management tool) and Screencast-o-matic, are adapted from use in my digital humanities work.  I frequently assign blog entries and visual curations for writing and upper-level literature seminars.   Students combine literary and visual analysis in alternative essay projects such as the Virtual Exhibit project for The Harlem Renaissance. I also use technology for assessment as well as tutorials as part of blended classes to show students how to use web tools like WordPress.


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