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Hello, and welcome to my faculty website! I teach Composition and Creative Writing at NOVA’s Annandale campus in the fall and spring semesters, but during the summer months, I do not teach or come to campus. If you need to contact me, you can email or call, but it may take me up to one week to reply. I appreciate your patience.

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last update: May 19, 2015

Acquiring Empathy through Essays

“I know, I know. I’ve probably lost you. Everyone hates essays” writes William Bradley in Utne Reader piece “Acquiring Empathy Through Essays.”
But just look at the title!  Don’t we all need a little help in the empathy department?  Would it help motivate student writers to create clearer, more precisely details works if they knew it would generate increased understanding of their position on subjects they care about from people they wish really cared?  Yet another reason to revise the curriculum for “real life writing.”

Challenges of Hybrid Learning :: Northern Virginia Community College

Today is my first day back in the classroom.  I’m so excited to meet my Wednesday Composition group!  We are definitely going to talk about this list of challenges, and I hope by confronting possible pitfalls TODAY, we can find coping mechanisms for sidestepping them in the weeks to come.

Challenges of Hybrid Learning :: Northern Virginia Community College.

New Year, New Routine

Today I stood at the head of a classroom, presenting information about NOVA’s Technology Applications Center to new adjuncts.  This was a change of pace for me after teaching only online classes for the past academic year.  I actually had to get dressed and leave the house to meet my class!

This fall I’ll be teaching 3 hybrid sections of Composition I (ENG 111), and I’m also the new Annandale campus Technology Applications Center (TAC) mentor, which means I’ll be working with faculty and staff on technology training.  I’m excited about this new development because it means I’ll be working with faculty from all disciplines, not just English, and I’m always excited to help my colleagues, since collaboration often leads to new inspiration in my own courses.

I’m also getting ready to present at a technology teaching conference in October.  I’ll be talking about mobile apps similarly to the sessions I gave at the VA Blackboard Users Conference at George Masson University last fall and the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference (PUP) at NOVA last winter.  The big difference is going to be location: this time I’m flying to Atlanta!

What a lot of running around this year will be.