Courses Taught

Currently, all my courses at TTU are hybrid-synchronous (onsite students meet with distance-learning students via online video-conferencing in real time).

From January to August 2020, all TTU courses grad & undergrad courses were online-synchronous.

Pre-COVID pandemic, all graduate courses at TTU were hybrid-synchronous; undergraduate courses were in-person synchronous.

My summer 2019 guest-lecturing in Guangdong, Guangzhou. China was a beautiful and memorable part of my teaching experience.

My summer 2019 guest-lecturing in Guangdong, Guangzhou. China was a beautiful and memorable part of my teaching experience.

* Courses also developed and taught in an online format.
Courses also developed and taught in a summer-session or short-term format.

Texas Tech University (August 2019-present) 

ENGL 5373 Instructional Design for Technical Communicators (Graduate)
This course introduces students to the principles and processes involved in developing instructional content for professional settings, including design thinking philosophy, user/learner and task analysis, learning theories, asynchronous and synchronous learning methods, and methods of usability evaluation. The course also covers several theoretical approaches to technical instructions, including instructional architectures, human-centered design principles, practical learning objects, and other rhetorical methods. Major assignments include analyzing instructional materials, interviewing users, prototyping an instruction set, testing the prototype, and creating recommendations for future development.

ENGL 5376 Online Publishing (Graduate)
This course provides an overview of the practical and theoretical aspects of designing effective online communication and websites. Specifically, our work will focus on process and planning, content development, site structure, navigation, visual design, interface design, usability, and accessibility. The course will cover practical skills with various software tools and scripting languages, including HTML and CSS. Assignments will primarily focus on analyzing and developing online content using a variety of tools and development methods. The course will also address theoretical issues in online publishing, content management, and technology.  

ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology (Graduate)
In this course, students will study the effects of computer technologies and digitally mediated communication through the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities. Readings include the history and sociology of technological development, digital rhetorics and literacies, genders and cultures in networked communication, materiality and phenomenology of technology, among others. 

ENGL 4368 Advanced Web Design: Human-Computer Interactions & Design Systems (Undergraduate)
This course focuses on the study of content design, digital interactivity, human-computer interaction, and design of user interface systems. Students will learn appropriate languages and tools to produce webpages, style guides, templates, pattern library, and mockups. Students will also practice multiple methods to structure information for usability, reusability, and accessibility.

ENGL 3369 Information Design (Undergraduate) 
This course covers principles of visual design to help designers effectively organize and present information across interfaces, such as print, small to mid-sized mobile devices, and conventional websites. Students will learn strategies to create user-friendly interfaces, including key lessons in typography, information architecture, layout, color, and more. Students will explore particular issues that arise in new device contexts, such as wearable and responsive interfaces. Students will apply these design principles within different industries, including academic, scientific, technological, and general business contexts.

ENGL 5375 Document Design (Graduate)
This course covers the fundamental principles of document and information design. Over the course of the semester students will learn practical and theoretical skills related to desktop publishing, visual communication, and publication production. Using industry-standard software applications, students will learn to create, from scratch, visually attractive and functional documents that are used across academic, scientific, technological, and general business contexts.

ENGL 5388 Usability Research (Graduate) 
This course introduces students to foundational principles and theories of user experience (UX) design and prepares them to perform basic usability testing of user-facing documents. Students will explore and practice user research and usability testing, human-centered design, and digital prototyping. 

ENGL 5394 User-Centered Design (Graduate)
This course focuses on the methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests. Students study and apply theories and approaches in human-centered design, experience architecture, design thinking methodologies, and critical offerings for ethical design. (Fulfills theory requirement)

ENGL 3367 Usability and User Experience (Undergraduate)
This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of testing online and print documents, using video and digital equipment, with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness and usability of graphics, text, and format. (Fulfills communication literacy requirement)

University of Minnesota (August 2014–May 2019) 

WRIT 4662W Writing with Digital Technologies
This course explores digital writing technologies and provides opportunities to assess writing situations and make appropriate decisions about digital form and production. This course includes practice with markup language and structured authoring. (Writing intensive)

WRIT 3577W Rhetoric, Technology, and the Internet
This course provides students with a grounding in elements of rhetorical theories particularly suited to analyzing, critiquing, and understanding the Internet; a sense of the Internet as a historical and cultural phenomenon; an opportunity to examine and understand the technologies underpinning the Internet, and the people developing and implementing these technologies. (Writing intensive)

WRIT 3562W Technical and Professional Writing *
Technical and professional writing communicates complex information to solve problems or complete tasks. This course allows students to practice rhetorically analyzing writing situations and composing workplace genres: memos, proposals, instructions and usability testing, research/analytical reports, and presentations. (Writing intensive)

WRIT 3029W Business and Professional Writing
Business and professional writing reflects communication within and among organizations to promote business. Writing of this sort often addresses formation of business and/or corporate identity, where writing style and tone are critical. This course lets students engage persuasive communication that supports new proposals, products, or grants. Common genres of business and professional writing include memos, letters, email, proposals, business plans, websites, social media, and reports. (Writing intensive)

WRIT 1301 INTL (International & Multilingual) University Writing ☨
This course is designed for students with English as their second language who may have unique writing needs that can best be supported through dedicated assignments and instructor attention. All learning outcomes and student evaluation criteria in this course mirror those of the regular WRIT 1301. Special themes included: Literacies today; technology and culture.

WRIT 1301 University Writing
Through frequent practice and study of writing, this course introduces students to typical university writing practices, including an emphasis on developing well-researched, properly cited papers. This course fulfills the first-year writing requirement. 

Metropolitan State University (January 2018–May 2019) 

WRIT 231 Academic Writing II *
This course introduces students to advanced academic writing practice. Students practice using writing to develop, refine, and communicate ideas in academic contexts. 

WRIT 331 Writing in Your Profession *
This course is designed for students who have completed their writing requirement, but who seek further writing instruction and practice, this course begins with a brief review of the principles of academic writing. It then engages students in the thinking and writing required in various disciplines throughout the university.

University of North Texas (August 2018–May 2019) 

TECM 2700 Technical Writing * ☨
Every profession, regardless of the field, requires solid communication skills––the ability to communicate with an audience inside and outside of the profession. This course introduces students to the genres, style, and design of technical documents that are used in various professional fields including engineering, science, business, and criminal justice.

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (June–July 2019) 

Practicum: Structured Authoring and Content Management 
This technical documentation course teaches students to use component content management and structured authoring, i.e., the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) and extended markup language (XML), to create (re)usable documentations and effective authoring workflow. Students practice authoring in these environments using industry standards tools and functional scenarios. 

St. Cloud State University (August 2012–May 2014) 

ENGL 191 Introduction to Rhetorical and Analytical Writing
This course is designed to promote an understanding of composing processes such as brainstorming, drafting, and revision; rhetorical concepts such as purpose, audience, and persona; and conventions for organizing and editing academic writing. Special themes included: Social media and writing; techno-culture and rhetoric; and multimodal literacies.