Teaching Experience

Like many graduate students, I taught undergraduate courses during both my Master’s and doctoral programs. Between Fall 2009 and May 2017, I taught introductory and intermediate communication and research skills courses for the Department of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Working with students was immensely rewarding; the learning relationship was reciprocal, with students often teaching me new ways of seeing (or, keeping me up to date on trends in popular culture and social media). I combined lecture, discussion, and group activities to engage students, and I arranged my classroom so students spoke directly to each other. My students routinely developed a strong rapport, participating in discussions eagerly and performing very well in assessments.

Outside of the classroom I mentored several students on original research projects that they presented at local and regional conferences, including Rhetoric Society of America, Southern States Communication Association, and Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. This mentoring was above and beyond my official duties, but I engaged in mentoring because these students demonstrated exceptional originality, and because guiding them to conferences provided them with professional speaking experiences and networking opportunities.

In Spring 2013, the Department of Communication awarded me the Martha Nell Hardy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching. In Spring 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill honored me as a recipient of the university’s Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants.

Classes Taught as Instructor of Record

Piedmont Community College

  • Public Speaking (Fall 2016)

Department of Communication, UNC-CH

  • Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication (Spring 2012; Summer 2016; Spring 2017)
  • Rhetoric and Public Issues (Annually, 2010-2015)
  • Introduction to Gender, Communication, and Culture (Fall 2013; Spring and Fall 2016)
  • Rhetoric of Social Movements (Annually, 2013-2016)

Classes Assisted

Department of Communication, UNC-CH

  • Public Speaking (Fall 2014)
  • Performance of Literature (Fall 2009)
  • Persuasion (Fall 2014)
  • Terrorism and Political Violence (Spring 2011)

Also, to teach a course as an instructor of record, it was customary to assist a faculty member first.

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC-CH

  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (Two Recitation Sections, Fall 2012)

Assistantships for the Women’s and Gender Studies awarded on a competitive basis.