My teaching is an exercise in promoting reflective thought with regard to social problems in the public sphere. I pursue teaching and learning with the task of encouraging critical engagement in public and everyday life as my goal. At its center is the re-examining of evidence and assumptions, shaking up habitual ways of thinking, dissipating conventional familiarities, and re-evaluating rules and institutions to promote participation in a global and digital world. In this sense, my philosophy about teaching is to see it as an exercise in the promotion of voice, advocacy, civic engagement, and enhancing inclusive public life, all from a rhetorical perspective.
I believe the task of any learning space is to challenge students, and all interlocutors, to become more participative citizens as well as empower us, working together, to not only know our voice but to use it. We must aim to not only know our history, but to actively engage it. I am the daughter of a construction worker and a barber; as such, I am deeply humbled to have now earned a PhD and taught for seventeen years in all manner of spaces from a small liberal arts college to a large public high school and from large universities to prisons and refugee camps across the world. In that time, I have met and worked with students on all kinds of educational journeys. My years and breadth of experience has helped me strengthen my abilities as an educator focused on student agency, active and critical approaches to learning, and civic engagement between students and their community. These remain core tenets of my teaching and advising work.
In addition to my PhD, I retain active Texas Education Agency State Board of Educator Certification certificates in speech communications (grades 6-12) and secondary social studies (grades 8-12), active through 2024 and transferable to many states through reciprocity guidelines. I also retain an active American Red Cross adult and pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification, active through 2021.
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recently designed and taught Courses
Senior Thesis Seminar in Rhetorical Studies
The Rhetoric of African American Civil Rights: From the Courts to the Streets
Rhetoric of Weapons of the State
Fundamentals of Public Address
Introduction to Public Speaking
Rhetoric and Presidential Campaigns
Independent Study in Rhetoric, Race, Middle East Studies, and Gender
Introduction to Rhetoric and Media
Previously Taught Courses
African American Civil Rights Rhetoric, Reading Schedule
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Introduction to Communication Studies