Background and Skills

Formal Education
  • BA in English and Music Performance (double major), College of William & Mary
  • MA and most of a PhD in English literature (I never finished my dissertation) with a focus on Middle English literature, medievalism (particularly in video games), and pedagogy
  • Professional development courses in instructional design, video game design, and Python through my current employer, Coursera, and edX
General Skills

I’m a quintessential humanities major: my most useful abilities are my strong critical engagement with the world and people around me, and my deep curiosity about almost everything I encounter.

  • Critical thinking and general skepticism
  • Analysis, particularly verbal and image analysis
  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Adaptability
  • Open web and deep web research
  • Independent worker, including 8 years as a remote employee
  • Able to manage multiple long- and short-term deadlines effectively
  • Experience juggling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Adept at introducing educational models and strategies to peers
  • Perceptive and careful listener
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Collaboration with departmental colleagues and across department lines
  • Able to remain diplomatic under challenging conditions
  • Experience in peer evaluation and mentoring
  • Formal training in composition pedagogy
  • Professional development courses in instructional design
  • 15 years’ experience teaching different levels of undergraduate composition and literature courses
  • Strong record of effective instruction of diverse student groups, including minority students, students with disabilities, and military students
  • Flexible and adaptable teaching strategies to meet a range of situations and student needs
  • Effective management of heavy teaching loads
  • Click here for my formal teaching philosophy
Instructional Design
  • Designed in a range of LMS: Web CT, Blackboard, Angel, Educator, and Sakai; basic familiarity with Canvas and Moodle
  • Strong commitment to and experience with Universal Design principles
  • Familiar with the Quality Matters framework
  • Adept with the Community of Inquiry framework (using a streamlined ADDIE model)
  • Quick to adapt to new technology
  • Conversant with the integration of a varied multimedia elements
  • Proficient in the use of Open Educational Resources
  • Enjoy researching and testing different teaching strategies
Software and Programming Experience
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Adobe Acrobat DC, Connect, Photoshop, Dreamweaver
  • The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
  • Gravit Designer
  • Course Management Systems: Sakai, Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, Canvas, Moodle
  • French (working proficiency)
  • German (beginning)
  • Swedish (beginning)
  • Latin (working proficiency)
  • Old English (working proficiency)
  • Middle French (working proficiency)