I am a writing and literature instructor at a small college in northeast Iowa. I teach courses in developmental English, English Composition and Introduction to Literature, as well as electives such as Science Fiction through the Lens of Theology and News Media Literacy. Essentially, it’s my job to teach freshmen that the world is more complicated than they imagined, and to help them think and write about it deeply, clearly, and truthfully.
Outside of the classroom, my work focuses on the use of technology in the classroom, on student-teacher interactions, and on first-year composition. I contributed an essay on the pedagogical use of screencasts to Faculty Focus in July 2017, and between 2014 and 2016, I was a contributor to Christ & University, a group blog which explored teaching and scholarship through the lens of faith. The blog is now defunct, but my contributions may be found at the Internet Wayback Machine.
When I’m not planning lessons or grading papers, I like to stay physically active. I run and hike, and I’ve recently taken up paddleboarding. I also find time to keep up with some fun reading. Recent favourite books include A Fire Upon the Deep, a space opera by Vernor Vinge; and The Eyre Affair, an extraordinary and hilarious mystery set in alternative timeline of England where time travel (and much besides!) is possible, and Marilynne Robinson’s The Givenness of Things. You can find me on Goodreads here.
I use my blog to explore questions related to effective teaching, books, and the everyday business of being alive. Sometimes I’ll have three things to say in a week; sometimes it will take me months to say one thing. Follow me via email or WordPress (you can find these options on the upper-right hand corner of each post) to receive updates.