Undergraduate Courses Taught

Carnegie Mellon University–Pittsburgh, PA
Science Fiction Classics

  • This upper-level undergraduate course explores how the genre of science fiction has shaped contemporary science, culture, and innovation. Students learn to historically contextualize canonical readings using literary criticism and historical research on nineteenth- and twentieth-century technology. A reading-intensive seminar, the course includes a final project with a digital component.

Carnegie Mellon University–Pittsburgh, PA
Topics in the Digital Humanities: Corpus Rhetorical Analysis (TA)

  • This upper-level graduate course investigates methods for analyzing texts as it mainly exists in digital environments. Students review various methods for analyzing digital texts descriptively (viz., concordance, collocate and keyword analysis) and inferentially, through multivariate analysis (e.g., manova, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis).

Carnegie Mellon University–Pittsburgh, PA
Interpretation and Argument: What is Digital Doing?

  • This first-year writing and research course examines popular disagreements over how technologies such as algorithms or social media may be effecting society. Students analyze controversies about the possible effects of technology at the intersection of politics, accessibility, and economic inequality, and practice how to produce their own arguments. Students develop basic skills in genre analysis, audience analysis, academic research writing, and data visualization.

Penn State University–Allegheny, PA
Business Writing (Online)

  • This community-based course helps students practice the writing and presentation strategies they need to communicate successfully in the professional world, and to understand why and when those strategies are appropriate and effective. Students put theory to practice, partnering with a non-profit organization, for-profit business, or student group in community-based writing exercises, to help them solve a communication challenge.

Duquesne University–Pittsburgh, PA
Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum
Imaginative Literature and Critical Thinking

  • This first-year writing sequence focuses on surface correctness (absence of errors) in writing across the curriculum, but also on analysis of written and visual texts, evaluation of sources, recognition of difference between literary and nonliterary texts, and uses of technology to construct and analyze writing. Students learn composition skills required not only to write well for college classes but also to apply those skills to their professions and in their roles as responsible citizens.