Teaching

TEACHING INTERESTS

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Technical Writing, Science and Technology in Literature, Dime Novels and Serialized Texts, Mark Twain, Popular Music in Literature, Genre and Composition

COURSES TAUGHT

University of California, Davis

  • Study of an Individual Author: Mark Twain
  • Science Fiction
  • Technical Writing
  • Business Writing
  • Journalism
  • Early American Literature
  • Love and Desire in Contemporary American Poetry
  • Topics in the Novel: Nostalgia, Desiderium, and Retro-futurism
  • Style in the Essay
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Expository Writing

University of Kansas

  • Intensive Institute on Science Fiction Literature (graduate-level course, co-taught with Ben Cartwright)
  • Major Authors (Poe and Melville)
  • American Literature II (1865-present)
  • American Literature I (pre-Columbian-1865)
  • Foundations of Technical Writing
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Science Fiction from the Nineteenth Century
  • Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking
  • Composition

Kansas City Kansas Community College

  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Composition II
  • Composition I (Computer-Assisted Classroom)

Missouri Valley College

  • Comic Book Movies: From Page to Screen
  • Rock and Roll: History, Culture, and Criticism
  • Survey of American Literature I (to 1865)
  • Literature and Composition
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Truman State University

  • Composition II
  • Composition I

NATIONAL TEACHING WORKSHOPS (Designed, Organized, and Presented)

  • “Teaching Science Fiction: A Portable Workshop,” Denvention 3: The World Science Fiction Convention, Denver CO, Aug. 7, 2008.
  • “Teaching Science Fiction: A Portable Workshop,” Joint SFRA and Campbell Conference, Lawrence, KS: July 12, 2008.

SELECTED PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND ADVISING

  • Guest Lecturer, “Quantum Mechanics in Literature: Borges, Niven, Willis.” Dr. Philip Baringer’s University Honors Program Class, University of Kansas, Sept. 2010.
  • Advisor/Panelist, “Preparing for Graduate School,” University Dean’s Scholars Program, 2010.
  • On-Air Guest, “The Search for Other Worlds through Science and Art.” The Walt Bodine Show, KCUR 89.3 FM, Dec. 23, 2009.
  • Panelist, “Pedagogical Issues and Student-Teacher Relationships,” GTA Orientation, 2008-2010.
  • On-Air Guest, “Fear: Science and the Supernatural.” The Walt Bodine Show, KCUR 89.3 FM, Oct. 30, 2008.
  • Advisor, “5th Annual Faculty Food for Thought,” University Advising Center, University of Kansas, 2008.
  • Member, “Educator’s Roundtable.” ICON, Stony Brook University, 2007.
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