As a first-generation student myself, I remember how unmoored I felt throughout my entire undergraduate years—especially in comparison to my peers who somehow knew the importance of networking and visiting professors during their office hours. It was not until I entered my master’s program and worked closely with a knowledgeable female professor that I realized these habits that my friends and acquaintances performed are forms of cultural capital, “hacks” to the professional world that are often not taught to lower-income students because their parents and social circles function in a different sort of environment.
Because of this “ah-ha” moment in my master’s program, I am deeply committed to accessible learning in my classroom. Depending on the institutional culture and the composition of the student roster, my approach takes different forms, but my ultimate goal is to allow my students to feel confident in the formation of their ideas, to take ownership of those ideas, and to express them in class and on paper with excitement and self-assurance.
See the below for course descriptions of the classes I have taught as instructor of record:
- FWIS 198: Astronomical Ambition: Exploring Science, Space and the Stars through Literature (Rice University)
- LATI 309: Recovery, Rebirth, Regeneration: Classics and the European Renaissance (Rice University)
- ENGL 210: Major British Writers: Chaucer to 1800 (Rice University)
- ENGL 262G: The Art of Literature, 2 semesters (University of Massachusetts Boston)