Courses & Lectures


Courses Taught at Middle Tennessee State University (2017-Present):

Theories of Persuasive Communication (COMM 4320)

This upper-division course provides an overview and analysis of how beliefs, values, attitudes, and behavior are deliberately influenced through communication, relying on both social scientific and humanistic perspectives.

Intercultural Communication (COM 3560, ONLINE)

This upper-division course explores the dynamics of the communication process as it functions in intercultural contexts. Managed online classroom, discussion boards, virtual office, and email communication.

Courses Taught at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (2015-2017):

Survey of Communication Theory (COM 240)

This writing-intensive course explores humanistic and scientific approaches to communication studies, providing students with a foundation for understanding theorizing and specific theories of communication.

Small Group Communication (COM 110)

This course introduces students to the dynamics of communication in small group settings. Students study and experience group leadership and participation with an emphasis in small group management, problem solving and effective participation.

Introduction to Communication Studies (COM 140)

This lower-division survey course introduces students to the field of human communication and its subdivisions. This course provides an overview of key concepts, theories, and their application in everyday life.

Fundamentals of Oral Communication (COM 10)

This course introduces the theory and practice of oral communication in presentational, interpersonal, and group contexts and provides students with basic skills for developing, organizing, and preparing messages, as well as applying active and critical listening skills.

Courses Taught at Arizona State University (2010-2015):

Advanced Critical Methods in Communication (COM 407)

This is the senior capstone course in which students design and complete their own research project. Emphasis was placed on bringing together communication theory, qualitative research methods, and lived experience to examine how they inform and influence each other.

Rhetorical Theory and Approaches (COM 321)

This upper-division course is designed as an overview of the historical development of rhetorical studies in communication, from classical western antiquity to the present. Emphasis was placed on examining rhetoric in a variety of contexts including political speech, social movements, performance, and popular culture.

Gender and Communication (COM 316)

This upper-division course surveys topics including gendered verbal and nonverbal communication; family, sexuality, and relationships; gender in education, the workplace, and the media; feminist movements; and domestic and sexual violence.

Elements of Intercultural Communication (COM 263)

This lower-division course introduces students to social scientific and critical approaches to intercultural communication. Emphasis was placed on the intersection of multiple sites of identity in students’ everyday lives and embodied experiences.

Small Group Communication (COM 230)

This lower-division course is designed to teach students how small groups function as complex social systems, how communication creates and maintains group structure, and how to interact skillfully, ethically, and responsibly as a group member.

Public Speaking (COM 225)

This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to improve their public speaking, to develop basic skills including writing, listening, critical thinking, and research skills, and to prepare students for engaging in civic dialogue.

Introduction to Communication Inquiry (COM 207)

This is the foundational course for all communication majors, and provides a basic foundation for writing, reading, and evaluating communication research from social scientific, interpretive, and critical paradigms.

Introduction to Communication Inquiry (COM 207, ONLINE)

Responsible for all instruction and evaluation (100 students) and for distributing responsibilities and overseeing the work of two teaching assistants. Managed online classroom, discussion boards, virtual office, and email communication. Advised course designer on curriculum development.

Introduction to Communication Concepts (COM 100)—Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistant during large lecture sessions (100-400 students) of this introductory survey course. Sole instructor for nine course meetings. Assisted in evaluating students and designing exams, designed and managed online quizzes and grade book, and managed student clickers; responded to student emails and held office hours to assist students’ development.

Critical Postcolonial Auto-Ethnographic Writing (COM 692)—Graduate Seminar Assistant

Assisted Dr. Sarah Amira de la Garza with course design, facilitation of seminar discussions and class activities, and providing peer feedback and evaluations of written assignments. The course focused on methods for accountable creative process and engaging critical theoretical concepts to examine auto-ethnographic life stories as artifacts of colonialist histories and hegemonies.

Invited Teaching and Teacher Training Presentations:

“Designing and Delivering Poetry with Music Accompaniment.” Invited speaker in COM/MUS 217 Music and the Spoken Word class at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, March 2017.

“Teaching at ASU.” Roundtable speaker for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Graduate Student Orientation at Arizona State University, August 2014.

“Revising and Resubmitting: Publishing Tips.” Roundtable speaker for JST 691 Writing for Publication graduate course at Arizona State University, November 2013.

“Non-Normative Sexualities, ‘Passing,’ and the Media.” Invited lecture in COM 316 Gender and Communication class at Arizona State University, November 2013.

“Critical-Feminist Pedagogy.” Roundtable speaker for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication New Graduate Instructor Orientation Program at Arizona State University, October 2013.

“Cultural Studies and Media Representations of Race, Class, and Gender.” Invited lecture in COM 207 Communication Theory class at Arizona State University, April 2013.

“Museums, Materiality, and Performance.” Invited lecture in COM 494 Public Memory class at Arizona State University, November 2012.

“Postcolonial Theory and Visual Representations of the ‘Third World.’” Invited lecture in COM 323 Popular Culture and Cultural Theory class at Arizona State University, April 2012.

Eat Pray Love and Postcolonial Feminisms.” Invited lecture in COM 323 Popular Culture and Cultural Theory class at Arizona State University, November 2011.

Gender Trouble.” Guest facilitation of graduate seminar WST 501 Foundations of Feminist Thought at Arizona State University, November 2011.

“Introduction to Rhetorical Studies.” Invited lecture in COM 100 Introduction to Communication class at Arizona State University, March 2011.

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