For ten years, I have been teaching literature, composition, and interdisciplinary courses to college students. Whether I am teaching “Basic Writing” for first-year composition or “The Literary Cookbook” for graduate students, I believe that the most important thing that I do as a teacher-scholar is to develop my students into a readership with a taste for texts. When I suggest that I train my students in taste, I don’t mean that I train them to separate the truly good art from the truly bad art, thereby distinguishing themselves as truly good consumers. Instead, I mean something more like training them to be adventurous and eager readers, the way that exposure to a variety of exciting foods makes a more adventurous palate.

Courses Taught
At Chatham University
ENG 105 First-Year Communication Seminar—Dialogues: Identity and Values
ENG 216W American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865 (Writing Intensive)
ENG 217W American Literature II: 1865 to Present (Writing Intensive)
ENG 242 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 245 Advanced Creative Writing
ENG 303 Food and American Identity
ENG 429/529 The Literary Cookbook
WGS 201 Feminist Theory

At Texas Christian University                                                                                                                   
HNRS 20213 Language and Identity: Food Culture
ENGL 20263 Intro to Women’s Writing: Autobiography, Memoir, and Life Writing
ENGL 20803 Writing as Argument: Food Fights
ENGL 10803 Writing as Inquiry

At West Virginia Wesleyan College – Buckhannon, WV                                                                                

INDS 113 The South in Literature and Film
ENGL 101 Freshman Composition I
ENGL 102 Freshman Composition II

At Davis and Elkins College – Elkins, WV
ENGL 102 Writing about Literature
ENGL 101 Freshman Composition I

At Alderson-Broaddus College – Philippi, WV                                                                                             ENGL 180 Basic Writing Instruction
ENGL 190 Freshman Composition

At Hardin-Simmons University – Abilene, TX                                                                                           
ENGL 1302 Freshman Composition II
ENGL 0110 Basic Writing