Teaching

 

Teaching students is one of my favorite things. While some may think of it as a means to an end—the Dr. in front of your name—I view it as a chance to engage the next generation of leaders. It is my hope that I instill them with the skills needed to navigate the ever-changing landscape of this democracy.

 

 

At Penn State, I have tought 6 different classes.

 

CAS 100A: Public Speaking (17 Sections Taught)

This is the basic public speaking course at Penn State. Students are tasked with composing, editing, and delivering speeches in front of an audience of their peers. Readings include The Art of the Speaker, by Professor Christopher L. Johnstone. The Art is a textbook customized to fit the needs of Penn State undergraduates.

 

CAS 100B: Group Communication (1 Section Taught)

This class fulfills the public speaking requirement at Penn State, but the goal of CAS 100B directed toward skill development in effective group communication, with less emphasis on formal public speaking and message evaluation. The group communication course now has an extended section dedicated to democratic deliberation, keeping the focus of the class related to the civic engagement perspective of 100A.

 

CAS 100C World Campus: Public Speaking, Critical Message Analysis (2 Sections Taught)

As the course title suggests, CAS 100C is the basic course with an emphasis on critical thinking, writing, and speaking. As instructor of the course, I introduced students to the basic concepts of rhetorical criticism. Students completed weekly assignments that examined the rhetorical situation, ethos building, audience analysis, fallacies, and style. Students also had to submit two speeches via a website called YouSeeU, which allowed me to give feedback either in written or video form.

 

CAS 283: Communication and Technology, Lecturer (1 Section Taught)

This is an introductory course in the theory and application of technology for communication and self-presentation online. A major emphasis is placed on Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) – the study of the social effects of communication and information technology. Areas covered include factors that distinguish mediated from face-to-face interaction, theories of mediated interpersonal communication, self-presentation online, Internet-based relationships, and online communities.

 

CAS 283: Communication and Technology, Lab Instructor (14 Sections Taught)

During the labs, I facilitated discussion of the important theoretical concepts discussed in lectures. Labs also allow us to explore emerging technologies, controversies, and other dimensions of CMC that envelop our lives, but require confronting our own role in the matter. Students are required to setup a bi-weekly blog, where they take to connect content from the class, readings, and labs with real world examples. We also explore topics like hashtag activism, e-waste, and the potential dark side of CMC (e.g. 3D printing of guns). 

 

CAS 283 World Campus: Communication and Technology (2 Sections Taught)

Communication and Information Technology WC is designed to provide a foundation of general computing knowledge and skills that may be applied in both college life and out in the workforce. The course material provides students with guidance on topics covering various social media tools, the analyzing online information to determine credibility, and the importance of different CMC tools via the web. 

 

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