Teaching Portfolio

I incorporate a mix of teaching methods in an attempt to include everyone in the process and encourage a cooperative, at times even interdependent, learning environment. I make my classes as interactive and engaging as possible through class discussions, guest lecturers and speakers, media and visual aids, group activities, experiential or field-based learning opportunities, when appropriate and accessible, and through the use of technology. And as a routine part of my pedagogy, I often offer innovative, inclusive, and active learning opportunities for my students in an effort to help students situate their learning within real-world contexts, address contemporary problems, and work collaboratively within diverse settings. In my Media Convergence course at Simmons College, for instance, my students examine some of the factors that have contributed to the rise of convergence and participatory media culture not only through readings and discussions, but also by creating group websites that incorporate a variety of digital media. In this course, students create and edit videos, shoot, edit, and prepare photographs for the web, write blog posts, and incorporate a social media feed into their final websites.  

And as part of my NCLC 350: Cybercultures and NCLC 249: Digital Literacy courses at George Mason University, and in an effort to foster cooperative international learning exchange opportunities, I piloted cross-cultural, collaborative assignments and experiences with professors and classes from South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia, the University of Illinois, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Additionally, I often ask students to  produce final projects that are geared towards a larger public and published online as videos, websites, or blogs. These kinds of learning opportunities offer students the chance to not only apply theory to practice, but also engage with others with divergent perspectives and cultural backgrounds.

Below are a few examples of projects recently completed by my students:

Digital Communities:

Assignment: Six groups were tasked with articulating their vision of a sustainable smart city. Students spent the semester researching the various challenges facing urban environments, as well as some promising solutions for urban sustainability. Using various digital tools to create their “smart city” of the future, students were asked to published their projects online and wrote an accompanying synthesis paper. The work completed by each group in led to the publication of my students’ work in the new online journal, Digital America, and was highlighted in the George Mason University news article, entitled, “Mason Students Become Urban Designers.”

Each of the groups in the Digital Futures class first created a Tumblr page for idea generation  and the collection of research and relevant images. The video below (left) is an example of research gathered in preparation to create the group’s “smart city,” Digitonia. On the lower right is a link to the final Ecolam Project.

Digital Futures group final project

Ecolam Project

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Digitonia

 

 

 
 

 

Digital Futures: 

Smartphones Project

Smartphones Project

In this semester’s Digital Futures class, groups of students were asked to research an area of concern or debate that deals with potential issues around current or future use of digital technologies in everyday life. A few examples of projects completed included topics such as: artificial intelligence in the workforce; the impact of smartphones on everyday lives; smart city trends and cybersecurity; and the weaponization of technology. Students were also asked to produce a synthesis paper, publish their work online, and present their findings in class. All images represent websites created by my students for their final project.

Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce Project

Artificial Intelligence in the Workforce Project

Weaponization of Technology

Weaponization of Technology

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 10.54.45 AMAnother excellent project for this class was conducted on “Smart City Trends & Cybersecurity.” In this project, students researched several case study examples and argued that the more “smart” cities were becoming, particularly through the use of open and aggregated data and urban sensors, the more vulnerable they became to cyberattacks.


Digital Literacy:

In my digital literacy classes, I have had a number of final projects that require Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 3.59.08 PMstudents, either individually and/or in groups, to explore some aspect of digital literacy in greater depth. In addition to research and an accompanying paper, all final projects require some experiential learning Social Media and Romantic Relationships Projectcomponent outside of class – from conducting surveys  campus to interviews and ethnography. All final projects are also expected to be published online (whether as videos, blogs,websites, or Facebook projects). The following are a few examples of these kinds of final projects.


 

Public Speaking:

Here is a (very humorous) sampling of an assignment I created for one of my public speaking classes, called Be Your Own Reporter. I asked students to make a (real or fake) newscast – on site – in a location relevant to their news.


List of Courses Taught:

Simmons College, Boston, MA

2016—present Senior Lecturer, Department of Communications

  • COMM 262 – Media Convergence
  • COMM 121 – Visual Communication
  • BOS 101 – Virtual Boston
  • COMM 246 – Digital Imaging for Design
  • LDR 121 – Civic Engagement and Mobile Activism

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

2012—2016 Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • NCLC 475 – Mass Media and Social Change
  • NCLC 348 – Digital Futures (2 semesters)
  • NCLC 375 – Digital Communities
  • NCLC 249 – Digital Literacy (4 semesters)
  • NCLC 200 – Visual Thinking and the Creative Impulse
  • NCLC 102 – Global Networks & Communities (2 semesters)
  • NCLC 245 – Visual Culture and Society
  • NCLC 491 – Senior Capstone Experience (3 semesters)
  • NCLC 391 – Introduction to Integrative Studies
  • NCLC 103 – Human Creativity – Science and Art (faculty team leader)
  • NCLC 202 – Public Speaking and Critical Thinking

2010–present   Affiliate Faculty, Bachelor of Individualized Study Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

  • BIS 390 – The Research Process (3 semesters)
  • BIS 490 – Senior Capstone Project Seminar (7 semesters)
  • BIS 491 – Senior Project Presentation (8 semesters)

2008–2012      Graduate Lecturer & Adjunct Faculty (New Century College, Arts and Visual Technology, Cultural Studies, and English Departments)

  • NCLC 491 – Senior Capstone Experience (3 semesters)
  • NCLC 103 – Human Creativity – Science and Art (3 semesters)
  • NCLC 249 – Digital Literacy (3 semesters)
  • NCLC 375 – Creative Ethos
  • NCLC 350 – Cybercultures
  • NCLC 398 – Art Transgressions (4 semesters)
  • AVT 395 – Writing For Artists (3 semesters)
  • CULT 320 – Globalization and Culture (10 semesters)
  • ENG 201 – Reading and Writing About Texts (2 semesters)
  • ENG 101 – Composition

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

2011–present   Adjunct Faculty, Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • COMM 1040 – Public Communication (12 semesters)

American University, Washington, D.C.

2012–2013      Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, American University, Washington, D.C.

  • WGSS 150 – Women’s Voices Through Time

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

2005–2008      Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Education & English Departments

  • CULT 46-1100 – Introduction to Cultural Studies (2 semesters)
  • CULT 46-3207 – Cybercultures (1 semester)
  • ENG 2816 – Reviewing the Arts (7 semesters)
  • ENG 2753 – Literature and the Culture of Cyberspace (2 semesters)
  • ENG 1600 – Introduction to Literature (1 semester)
  • ENG 1151 – Writing and Rhetoric (3 semesters)

Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL,

2007–2008      Adjunct Faculty, Humanities Department

  • HUM 107 – Popular Culture

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Developed (or re-designed) and taught the following courses:

  • NCLC 475 — Mass Media and Social Change
  • NCLC 200 – Visual Thinking and The Creative Impulse
  • NCLC 348 – Digital Futures
  • NCLC 375 – Digital Communities
  • NCLC 249 – Digital Literacy
  • NCLC 398 – Art Transgressions
  • NCLC 375 – Creative Ethos
  • ENG 2753 – Literature and the Culture of Cyberspace
  • CULT 46-3207 – Cybercultures: Theory