“Sexuality and Science Fiction” field trip to Octavia E. Butler archive and exhibit at the Huntington Library (Spring 2017)

As a teacher, I am committed to cultivating critical thinking and ethical growth. I have taught in private university, public university, and community college classrooms. This experience has given me the opportunity to mentor diverse students. I approach all my classes with a passion for intellectual rigor and collaborative learning, as I believe both to be essential to any college experience and crucial to students’ maturation more broadly. I challenge my students to question their assumptions and think deeply about a wide variety of ideas and positions. This approach not only helps them become thoughtful scholars, activists, artists, and professionals, but also enables them to build more just societies and cultures together. Here are two of my recent syllabi:

Queer Cinema (Fall 2016)

Sexuality and Science Fiction (Spring 2017)

I design assignments that enable dynamic approaches to course content through media production components. My “Queer Cinema” students adapted early short formal analysis papers into video essays, and this semester I am giving my “Film Theories” students an option to either write a final paper or create a final video essay. My “Sexuality and Science Fiction” students wrote scripts and treatments, created remix videos, and made short films for their final projects, while my “History of Documentary” students this semester will write proposals for documentary films, series, and online projects they would like to make. This semester, in all three of my courses, I am assigning a series of smaller media praxis assignments, which my students are completing in class or between class meetings. In “Film Theories,” we are sharing these projects as well as our oral presentation materials on a course Instagram account. While some students are more oriented toward criticism and others production, the hybrid assignments I design stimulate critical thinking and creativity and prepare students to navigate the digital age. Here are two examples of my students’ work:

“Queer Tunnel of Love” Video Essay (Fall 2016)

“Rope: A Queer Read on Staging” Video Essay (Fall 2016)