My goal as a teacher is to challenge students to complete difficult learning tasks in the spirit of what Seymour Papert calls “hard fun.” I invite students to participate in complex discussions about how writing and rhetoric exist and function in culture. I develop courses around complex questions (e.g., what does it mean to be a responsible writer in the 21st century?) and work with students to consider the implications of various answers. Please contact me for a complete version of my teaching philosophy.


Writing and Rhetoric courses at all levels (developmental to graduate)
Histories of Rhetoric and Composition
Composition Theory
Rhetorical Theory
Writing Pedagogy


San José State University (2015-present)


ENGL 298: Special Study: Rhetorical Traditions of the Near and Middle East
ENGL 259: Seminar in Composition Studies
ENGL 257: Seminar in the History of Rhetoric


ENGL 190: Honors Seminar: Rhetorics of American Feminisms
ENGL 105: Seminar in Advanced Composition
ENGL 1A: Composition
ENGL 1AFS: Stretch Composition
Early Start English 1004: Exploring College Writing [online]

Faculty seminar

Composition Theory for Writing Teachers Across the Curriculum

University of North Texas (2011-2015)


ENGL 5900: Independent Study: Composition & Writing Program Histories
ENGL 5550: Studies in Teaching Composition
ENGL 5310: Studies in Rhetorical Theory


ENGL 4230: Special Topics: Institutional Rhetorics
ENGL 4200: Modern Rhetorical Theory
ENGL 4160: Advanced Expository Writing
ENGL 3200: Rhetorical History and Historiography
ENGL 1311: Honors Composition

National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan (June 2014)

Faculty Seminar: Writing for Publication


Commendation for Pedagogical Use of Special Collections, “Bureaucracy: A Love Story,” Friends of the UNT Libraries Board, 2015

Recognized Teacher, UNT’s “Thank a Teacher” Program, 2012, 2014

ASU Devils’ Advocates Award for Teaching Excellence, 2008