Tiffany Mitchell teaches courses in rhetoric and composition and Western humanities, and is an e-structor with Smarthinking.com, an online writing center. She also teaches the writing portions of the School of Nursing diversity program called DREAMWork (Diversity Recruitment and Education to Advance Minorities in the nursing Workforce) in the summer, and hosts ocumentary screenings as a part of the Awake and Engaged Series (AwAE) originally co-founded by Lecturer Michael Jaynes at UTC.
Research and Creative Interests: Three colleagues (Littleton, Parker, and Vaudreuil) and I wrote a professional writing text: The Write Path: Communicating Your Way to Professional Success. Other research interests relate to online writing courses, online teaching in general, as well as ELL/ESL courses.
Teaching Interests: First year composition, technology in writing courses, multimodal communication, professional writing.
Teaching Approach: I mainly teach first year composition, so my approach has been to meet students at their level and work to bring them up to where they should be to successfully navigate college as well as life after college. My goal is to help students pay attention the world, be informed, and learned to develop their own opinions and critical thinking skills about the environments they navigate. This is even more important in the ESL classes that I teach. I try to always make class engaging and fun because we learn best when we aren't bored to tears and the material is engaging, which also means being an enthusiastic instructor.
Why did you become an English professor? I enjoy helping people. After receiving my M.A., I realized my love of helping people translated well into teaching. I LOVE helping students strengthen their writing skills, helping them prepare for the rigors of future writing requirements, helping them pay attention to the world for what it is so that we can help shape it to what we want it to be.
What do you expect of students? I expect them to be enthusiastic about learning the material; be prepared each time they come to class; be honest about their shortcomings and needs; to go beyond basic expectations of assignments, seek help when they need it; and to challenge me to be better and more effective.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation? I read tons of articles on tons of topics; watch TV shows and movies that I enjoy; play with and teach my little people about life and how to be better people; and try to spend quality time with my husband and extended family when we see them.
What's something about you that might surprise your students? I'm a DIYer and Britophile/Anglophile.