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Location
Grauel 215
WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?

20th and 21st Century American literature, African-American Literature, Latinx Anglophone Literature, LGBTQIA Studies, Feminist and Gender Theory

EDUCATION/DEGREE(S)

Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas (2011)
M.A. in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University (2007)

YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING:

My pedagogy is student-centered and based in principles of active learning. As a course progresses and the semester moves forward, more and more of the classroom discourse is produced by students. Although I try to make good use of instructional technology to organize content and keep important materials accessible, the focus of each class is on applying content in praxis, typically through discussions based on student-produced questions that interrogate the relationship between literature, culture and human experience.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?

I believe that higher education is most effective when it encourages critical thought, contributes to social justice, and provides a mechanism for self-actualization. I view my teaching and research as part of those important endeavors for myself, my students, my colleagues and the institution for which I work.

MOST RECENT NOTABLE PUBLISHED WORK

I wrote a book, An Ethics of Reading, in 2015.

BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Go to class as often as you're able. You can't be engaged if you don't attend.

I believe that higher education is most effective when it encourages critical thought, contributes to social justice, and provides a mechanism for self-actualization. I view my teaching and research as part of those important endeavors for myself, my students, my colleagues and the institution for which I work.

Sandra Cox, Professor