As a teacher of writing and literature, I seek to emulate for my students those character traits that make us all better readers, writers, and thinkers: intellectual curiosity, genuine commitment, a willingness to take risks, and a passion for revision. My classroom is a place where all students, regardless of their level of skill and familiarity, can feel comfortable and welcome, a place where they can engage with others in the serious yet open pursuit of making meaning.
I have enjoyed teaching under- and upperclassmen, traditional and nontraditional students, writing workshops, literature surveys, and freshman composition courses. My favorite course to teach, by far, is the one that surprises students—surprises them because they learn something unexpected about their abilities, because they begin to see old ideas in a fresh light, because they embrace subjects they’ve previously considered not worth their time.
In 2016 I co-founded a creative writing group for student veterans and service members at Duquesne, the DU Dog Tags Literary Society. Excerpts from our inaugural publication, The DU Dog Tag Review, can be found here. In 2017 I also led a creative writing group at a local vet center; this project served U.S. veterans and their adult family members and was supported by a generous grant from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. To learn more, go to www.vetswrite.com.
For additional information about my teaching, including my professional activities, awards, and experience teaching creative writing to high school students, please see my CV.