My teaching is an exercise in promoting reflective thought with regard to social problems in the creation of critical publics and encouragement of global citizens. 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 world. In this sense, my philosophy about teaching is to see it as an exercise in the promotion of voice, advocacy, civic engagement, and the enhancement of public life, all from a rhetorical perspective. I believe the task of any classroom or learning space is to challenge students and all interlocuters to become more participative citizens as well as empower them, working together, to not only know their voice, but to use it.
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Whitman College Courses
Rhetoric, Incarceration, and Civic Engagement (taught "across the walls and bars," desegregated, including students from both Whitman College and Washington State Penitentiary)
Representations of the African American Experience in Film
Senior Seminar in Rhetorical Studies
Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism
The Rhetoric of African American Civil Rights: From the Courts to the Streets
Fundamentals of Public Address
Previously Taught Courses
Intercultural Communication Processes, University of Minnesota
Argumentation, University of Minnesota
Intro to Intercultural Communication, University of Minnesota
Public Speaking (Election Year Edition), University of Minnesota