Education

  • MA in English Literature, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Mag. Secondary Education English with a minor in Textile Craft and Design, University of Salzburg

Teaching Interests
First Year English, Rhetoric, Grammar, History of the English Language

Teaching Approach
My teaching is geared towards ensuring students will acquire skills they need to succeed academically, but also professionally. I use a wide range of texts, media and activities to introduce students to the conventions of texts and forms of communication of academic and professional discourse communities. My teaching primarily focuses on growth. If a student’s work does not meet the expectations right away, there will be numerous opportunities for improvement and revision with my personal and focused feedback.

Why did you become an English professor?
I bring an outside perspective into my teaching, because I had to learn English as a second language in a very structured way. Therefore, I understand how the English language works and why, where native speakers usually use the language instinctually. Also, I have the opportunity to have interesting and challenging discussions with fabulous young people, what’s not to love. 

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I am a huge (and unapologetic) nerd. I love to play D&D, Warhammer 40K, and video games. I love all things pop-culture, especially Star Wars. 

What are your expectations of students?
My classes are not hard, but they are a lot of work. I strongly encourage students to do all the reading and to submit their essays and projects on time. Also, if you have any concerns, please talk to me. I understand that Life happens, and I am very accommodating.

What's something about you that might surprise your students?
Most students will be surprised to hear that I did Viking reenactment for several years and I was a pretty good sword-fighter.