Teaching

I teach a range of courses on communication theory and method, including environmental communication, communication research methods, rhetorical ethnography, and also interdisciplinary courses such as topics in sustainability science.  Here is a link to my Teaching Philosophy and below is a list and description of courses from introductory undergraduate to graduate:

Public Speaking, CMJ 103, Fall 2011 & Spring 2012

This course focuses on the fundamentals of public speaking. The primary objectives are to develop specific communication skills and strategies used in crafting and performing public speeches; to better understand the ethical responsibilities of public speakers; to develop critical listening skills used in evaluating speeches in different contexts.

Communication and the Environment, CMJ 107, Fall 2015-2017

This course focuses on communication and the environment. The goal is to inspire an awareness of the environments in which we live; promote a sense of wonder and genuine inquiry about our connectedness to these environments; and encourage engagement in natural and human communities for sustainability. Through multi-media lectures, active learning approaches, outdoor explorations, and a collaborative project on an environmental topic that is of interest to you, this course will help you communicate about the environment in many different ways.

Environmental Communication field trip
Student in Communication and the Environment (CMJ 107) visit the Stillwater River on campus to learn about the eco-cultural aspects of this place.

Communication Studies, CMJ 201, Spring 2012 (co-taught) & Spring 2014

This course is a survey of theories of rhetoric from classical times to today. The objectives of this class are to provide students with an overview of the history of theories of rhetoric and some of the contexts in which rhetoric has been theorized. The students learn the basic tenets of the theories surveyed and how to apply concepts to contemporary issues in civics and science.

Argument and Critical Thinking, CMJ 347, Fall 2013

The goal of this course is to encourage critical thinking, effective argumentation, and dialogue and participation in public life outside of classroom walls. This course explores themes of voice and democracy; understanding, evaluating, and developing reasoned arguments; interaction designs; dialogue and collective decision making; and the complexities of collaboration. By the end of this course, students will be able to understand, analyze and develop effective arguments; conduct a civil dialogue on a controversial issue; and compare and contrast debate and dialogue, especially as they relate to civic engagement.

Communication Research Methods, CMJ 402, Spring 2015-2017

Communication Research Methods introduces students to social science research methodology used in the field of communication. Methodologies covered include qualitative, quantitative, critical, and mixed methods approaches. Students engage in a semester long research project in which they produce knowledge about researcher experiences on campus. Through this mixed methods project, they learn how to read and critically analyze research studies, develop and test hypotheses related to human communication, design and conduct studies, and employ statistical tests of relationships between variables.

Environmental Communication, CMJ 407, Fall 2015-2016

This upper division undergraduate course encourages students to reflect on how communication shapes human perceptions of and relations to the environment. The course explores social constructions of nature; complex interactions between media and environments; and public participation and collaboration to address why EC matters and how to participate in this field as a student, scholar, and practitioner. Through readings, course discussions, field trips, and semester-long projects including a reflective Oikos journal and service learning project, students learn how to address and change unsustainable ways of communicating with environments.

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Students in Environmental Communication (CMJ 407) learn about the dam removal and restoration projects from Tony Grassi who led the restoration  of The Mill in Freedom, Maine.

Sustainability Science Graduate Readings, EES 590, Fall 2012 and 2014, co-taught

This course introduces students to the core concepts that make up the emerging discipline of sustainability science, such as coupled human natural systems, boundary spanning, stakeholder engagement, solutions-based research, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Sustainability Science and Stakeholder Engagement, EES 590, Spring 2015, co-taught

This course is designed for graduate students and undergraduate students affiliated with the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST) and uses distance technologies to connect multiple institutions. The objectives include learning about and applying core concepts in sustainability science; meeting with visiting researchers and stakeholders to extend class-based discussion and build professional networks; and providing an opportunity for students to establish a sense of cohort and belonging to NEST through hands-on projects that align with stakeholder needs.

Environmental Communication, CMJ 580, Spring 2017

This course considers the interconnections between humans and environments and how communication fundamentally shapes these connections through the development of shared systems of meaning, interpersonal and ecological relationships, mediated messages, decision making and collaboration, and social-environmental justice movements. Through readings, seminar discussions, engaged learning projects, and a semester long research project, students will explore the history and interdisciplinary body of scholarship that comprises EC and become prepared to contribute to the growth of this field as researchers and practitioners.

Rhetorical Ethnography, CMJ 593, Spring 2016

This course explores ethnographic field methods and how concepts and critical approaches within rhetoric can shape ethnography as methodology. By working through the many ways in which rhetoricians conceive of and practice ethnography and by taking an engaged learning approach, this course helps students situate themselves as ethnographers and rhetoricians.

Qualitative Communication Research Methods, CMJ 604, Spring 2018

This course focuses on the fundamentals of qualitative research, with an emphasis on what it means to study communication. The course provides the theoretical and practical grounding in qualitative methodology to enable ethical, effective, and creative research design and implementation.