My pedagogical approach to teaching writing underscores the importance of continually practicing the craft of writing. By leading students through research projects, I emphasize a method of tackling a writing task that is marked by an awareness of audience, thoughtfulness about the authorial voice, and with a clear sense of the rhetorical situation. To support students in this effort, I encourage them to build a toolkit of critical vocabularies and analytical concepts that they apply beyond the course.
I draw on my background as an anthropologist in encouraging students to think about the questions of social identity, power, and ethics with respect to a range of the pressing global issues. My aim is to kindle in students a passion for investigating the world around them, engaging as inquisitive learners and responsible citizens. By completing their own research projects, students practice forming strong arguments, marshalling evidence, and developing them in a way that is fitting for the audience. In doing so, these writing projects prompt students to develop a method for approaching new writing challenges and study habits that they can draw on throughout their academic careers.
At Stanford, my PWR 1 course, “Food Values: The Rhetoric of What and How We Eat,” prompts students to consider how the multiple ways that what we eat expresses what we value. My PWR 2 course, “Think Global: The Rhetoric of Global Citizenship,” invites students to explore the meaning of global citizenship and how they might relate their own education to pressing global questions.
As a Postdoctoral Associate for Global Engaged Learning at Cornell from 2016-2018, I led the development of the Anthropology departments’s new engaged learning curriculum, “Global Gateways.” The program includes a foundational service-learning course and pre- and post-departure courses for study abroad in order to prepares students for a range of experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum emphasizes ethnography as a distinctive lens, skillset, and writing genre for navigating intercultural exchanges in both local communities and abroad.