Dr. Jaynes teaches a variety of English and Women's Studies courses. Courses he has designed and delivered include Ecofeminism and American Masculinities (Women's Studies) and the popular fiction class Horror, Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts. He has lectured nationally on animal ethics and feminism, and his academic and creative writing has appeared in dozens of diverse outlets. He is the author of Elephants among us: two performing elephants in 20th century America (2013, Earth Books). He has been named Walker Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow for 2017 and 2018. During this fellowship, he will investigate online instructional design along with his dissertation focus of human learning theory and instructional delivery style. Dr. Jaynes also Co-Founded the Awake and Engage(d) Documentary Film Series.

Research and/or Creative Interests

Instructional Delivery Style Human Learning Theory Creative Writing, Fiction Feminism

Animal Ethics (many others)

Teaching Interests

Freshman Composition
Various General Education Literature courses
I also regularly teach in the Women's Studies Program

Teaching Approach

Unconventional.
Discussion based.
Willing to experiment.
Always grounded in Human Learning Theory.

What are your expectations of students?

Come to class prepared. Have an open mind.

What's something about you that might surprise your students?
I have far­reaching professional and personal interests that span many disciplines. Students are sometimes surprised to find out that I have taught 17 different courses at UTC spanning both divisions (1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 levels). Counting my last teaching job, I have taught a total of 19 different college courses since 2004. I have also had over 25 wide ­ranging and diverse jobs since I began working at 16, and I was voluntarily unemployed for most of my twenties. I also wrote a book about elephants. Bob Barker likes it.