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Introduction: Digital Rhetoric, and Critical Pedagogy, and the Internet! Oh, My!

Greeting Colleagues! I'm pleased to serve as a 2011-2012 HASTAC Scholar.

I'm a PhD student in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota (UMN). I teach both lower and upper-level rhetoric and writing courses for the Writing Studies Undergraduate Program. I am also serving as the Research Assistant for the Digital Humanities 2.0 Project housed in the Institute of Advanced Study at UMN. My research interests center on digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, and the Internet. 

My writing has appeared in GradHackerProfHackerThe Good Men ProjectThe Minnesota Daily, and elsewhere. I love being a teacher and writer. I never thought I'd be a teacher, but I discovered I loved it. 

My teaching philosophy focuses on student engagement and digital technologies. I am a liberatory pedagogue and believe that the goal of education is to liberate people from what oppresses them (see bell hooks and Paulo Freire), so when I enter the classroom, I try to empower my students to change their worlds. I let my students call me by my first name. I dance, sing, jump, and show YouTube videos in the classes I teach, and I have been known to use vulgarity to teach audience awareness. 

I'm currently writing a book chapter on the pedagogical issues of social media in the classroom with a colleague as well as an article exploring the classical rhetorical concepts of stasis and kairos in liberatory pedagogy. I'll be finishing up my coursework over the next few months and beginning to put together an exam and dissertation committee. It's an exciting time in my life. 

I look forward to reading about the projects everyone is working on. I have thoughts about "badges," which I'm sure I'll blog about. You’ll find me on Twitter all the time, and I blog and maintain a professional presence on my website.

Well, that's my brief introduction! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 



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