Instructor — English
I'm like the Chris Pratt of the English department. Handsome. Charming. Hilarious. Capable of playing a goofball, a Navy Seal, or an intergalactic superhero. And, of course, extremely humble.
Seriously, my range as a teacher mirrors Chris's range as an actor. I teach the following classes in various formats (face-to-face, online, or Hyflex):
In the past, I've also taught these classes:
Oh, yeah, I'm also the Coordinator of General Education for Southeast and the chair of two English department committees: Recruitment and Retention and Undergraduate Curriculum. Please ask me your questions about English degree programs and writing-related careers!
I'm a self-published author (which is simultaneously as cool, and not as cool, as it sounds) and a blogger for Edge for Scholars and various Medium publications. I've published some scholarly articles and many short stories over the years, though not as many as I'd like.
I grew up in Qulin, Missouri (Twin Rivers school district), and now live in Piedmont, Missouri (Clearwater school district), with my wife and son. I began my teaching career in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant at Missouri State. Next, I directed a Writing Center at Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
I hold an M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric and a Ph.D. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies, which are fancy ways of saying I've studied writing and how to teach it. I've been at Southeast since 2012, and I have no plans of ever leaving.
Composition, Technical Writing, and Mythology
Ph.D. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies (2015)
M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric (2009)
B.A. in Creative Writing (2007)
My primary goal is helping students become more self-reflective critical thinkers. Self-reflection and analysis are the keys to improving any activity, especially writing. Focusing on these skills makes my teaching relevant to every person regardless of major or career.
To achieve this goal, I strive to facilitate student-led discussions (whether face-to-face or online) in which students contemplate and back up their ideas as well as engage with other perspectives. When giving feedback on papers, I try to engage with my students' ideas, develop their critical thinking, and improve their writing processes.
If my students give an honest effort, then they will get a great deal out of my class. I provide the instruction necessary for improving their writing abilities from wherever they're starting, but it's up to them to fully engage with the material, their writing processes, and their self-reflection.
I became a Teaching Assistant to facilitate obtaining my master's degree, and I quickly fell in love with engaging complex ideas with my students and helping them develop their critical thinking and writing abilities.
I began my teaching career as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Missouri State University from 2007-2009. Upon graduating with my master's in Composition and Rhetoric, I taught as an adjunct in the University of Maryland system before becoming a Writing Center Director for Northern Virginia Community College. I started teaching at Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 and completed my Ph.D. from Old Dominion University in 2015.
Whenever students say in their evaluations that my class helped them like writing more!
Try to value and engage with your assignments even when they don't seem directly applicable to your major, career, or interests. Remember that you're practicing skills for future academic, professional, and personal work.