Teaching Writing

 

Teaching Philosophy

I firmly believe that writing is the foundation for all academic disciplines and integral to the development of critical thinking skills. Thus, through the study of writing and the consistent practice in writing, my objective is to help students cultivate communication skills which emphasize the evaluation of evidence, the examination of assumptions, and the discernment of hidden values. This is primarily accomplished through an active, student-centered learning environment.

Courses

I was first hired in the Fall of 2012 by the Writing Department at UCSB to teach first-year composition and rhetoric classes. All new hires went through a rigorous training seminar held in conjunction with our first class as instructor, covering a range of topics from pedagogy to genre theory and rhetorical analysis to the writing process. It exposed me to many new ways of thinking about teaching and below I list some of the posts relevant to teaching writing.

 

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Photo Kathy Buckalew (overwritten with my Summer 2018 contact information)

 

Academic Writing/First Year Composition and Rhetoric

A first-year composition class that focuses on genre-based analysis, rhetorical awareness, developing research skills, and the process of drafting, critiquing, and revising.