The values of collaboration and mentorship inform all aspects of my pedagogy. As evidence of my success in teaching digital and multimodal pedagogy, students in my Fall 2009 composition course won Georgia Tech’s 2010 Multimodal Project Award and I won Georgia Tech’s 2011 Pedagogy Award. The student award recognizes student projects that “represent excellence in multimodality, integrating several aspects of written, oral, visual, electronic and non-verbal communication.”
Recent Course Websites and Syllabi
ENGL 487: British Romantic Literature (WSU)
DTC/ENGL375: Languages, Text, and Technology (WSU)
HNRS/ENGL 298: Honors Writing (WSU, evaluations 1, 2)
ENGL 366: British Novel to 1900 (Washington State University, evaluations)
ENG 1101: Multimodal Comp: Disability Writing (Georgia Tech)
ENG 1102: Multimodal Comp: Comics and Graphic Novels (Georgia Tech)
ENG 1102: Multimodal Comp: Blake 2.0 – William Blake and Media Georgia Tech)
Digital Pedagogy and Multimodality
My students use digital technology like GoogleMaps to visualize and understand cultural difference in concrete ways that greatly benefit them both as students and as global citizens. In one course, I had students construct a research paper by writing short paragraphs in GoogleMap tags. As he tracked the movement of David Lurie, the main character in J.M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace, one student was particularly moved by seeing the isolation of the Eastern Cape from major urban areas on the map, and he remarked that this revelation caused him to sympathize with David despite his ignorant and violent past.
Mentoring students is just as important as classroom instruction. During my tenure at the University of Florida, I mentored incoming teaching assistants on their first composition class. I gave them advice about grading and classroom discussion and designed a series of teaching circles on issues from designing syllabi to dealing with plagiarism. I offer my students publishing and presentation opportunities outside of the classroom. For example, I gave students from my Fall 2010 “Introduction to Comics and the Graphic Novel” course the opportunity to compete for slots in a professional Comics Symposium I organized for Spring 2011.
Scholarship of Teaching
I feel that reflecting on one’s teaching in scholarship is a fundamental aspect of becoming a better teacher. I am participating on a e-roundtable for digital pedagogy at MLA 2012 organized by Katherine Harris of San Jose State University, am currently contributing to the “Teaching Romanticism” blog operated by the online journal Romantic Circles and overseeing Georgia Tech’s blog on teaching and technology titled TECHStyle. A chapter of my current book William Blake and the Digital Humanities is devoted to using digital and social media to teach Blake’s most difficult works.
- digital humanities and social media
- nineteenth-century British literature, especially William Blake
- comics and graphic novels
- digital pedagogy