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 publics 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 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 inclusive public life, all from a rhetorical perspective. I believe the task of any learning space is to challenge students and all interlocuters to become more participative citizens as well as empower us, working together, to not only know our voice, but to use it.
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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
The Rhetoric of the 47%: The Rhetorical Materialism of Socio-Economic Class
Rhetoric and Presidential Campaigns
Previously Taught Courses
African American Civil Rights Rhetoric, Reading Schedule
Introduction to Intercultural Communication