Undergraduate Courses Taught

Carnegie Mellon University–Pittsburgh, PA
Science Fiction Classics

  • This upper-level undergraduate course explores how the science fiction genre is shaping contemporary science, culture, and innovation. Students learn to historically contextualize readings with the literary criticism of science fiction and historical research on nineteenth- and twentieth-century writing on 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 undergraduate and graduate course investigates methods for analyzing rhetoric 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 studies disagreements over how digital technologies may, or may not be, effecting society. Students from across the disciplines analyze key arguments about technology at the intersection of politics, accessibility, and economic inequality, and practice how to produce their own arguments. Students develop skills in genre analysis, data visualization, and academic writing, especially in writing the research proposal.

Penn State University–Allegheny, PA
Business Writing

  • This community-based course helps students develop 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. Student teams partner 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.