I teach because I love learning and sharing in the learning process with other people. Through my teaching, I want to help students become better equipped to read, write, think critically and creatively, act ethically, work independently and collaboratively, and help solve social and environmental problems.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental communication, communication research methods, rhetorical ethnography, and sustainability science. I provide summaries, support materials, and links to related websites for my primary courses. Below I also share an archive of materials from other classes I have taught, such as public speaking, communication theory, and argument and critical thinking.
Communication and the Environment, CMJ 107
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 students, this large lecture (90 students), general education course helps students communicate about the environment in many different ways.
Environmental Communication, CMJ 407
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.
Communication Research Methods, CMJ 402
Communication Research 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, Graduate seminar, CMJ 580
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, Graduate seminar, CMJ 593
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.
Sustainability Science Graduate Readings, EES 590
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.
Communication Studies, CMJ 201
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.
- Syllabus, Spring 2014
- Course Introduction and Learning Style and Contracts Presentation
- Classical Rhetoric Prezi: Students told me that it was challenging to keep the time periods and the relationships among the scholars straight so I developed this interactive timeline to help students visualize this important period in rhetoric’s history. Here is a static version of the timeline and diagram of concepts in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.
- Aspasia: A life represented in Ancient Greece, Lecture
- Introduction to Kenneth Burke, Lecture
Argument and Critical Thinking, CMJ 347, Fall 2013, Syllabus
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; compare and contrast debate and dialogue, especially as they relate to civic engagement.
- Syllabus, Fall 2013
- What is Critical Thinking? Lecture
- Public Meeting Observation and Analysis, Worksheet/Observation Guide
- Civil Dialogue Format, Worksheet
- Synthesis Paper Phase I and Phase II Instructions
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