As an instructor, I work toward a pedagogy rooted in social justice. Rather than teaching that allows students to participate in a variety of social, economic, and cultural institutions, I am committed to pedagogies encouraging students to critique, transcend, and revise those institutions. I work from the premise that classrooms should enable students to “challenge the social political, and economic forces that weigh so heavily upon their lives” (Giroux, 2001, p. 201). This pedagogical emphasis emerges from my interconnected commitments to feminist, critical, queer, and anti-racist pedagogies, guided by canonical theorists like hooks (2000, 2013, 2014), Friere (2014), and Giroux (2001), as well as contemporary theorists in rhetoric, writing, and literacy studies, including Alexander (2008), Kynard (2013), and Pritchard (2016). As a teacher of writing and rhetoric, I attempt to bring the same attention to social justice to my understandings of writing: I recognize that all forms of discursive inter/action are entangled in broader constructions of race, gender, colonialism, and ableism. My goal as an instructor, then, is to establish an environment where students can ask questions about how discursive acts—textual, oral, embodied, visual, multimodal, digital forms of communication—participate in relations of power.

I’ve included the syllabi for a selection of courses below. You can download them by clicking on the link below each image.

Works Cited

Alexander, J. (2008). Literacy, sexuality, pedagogy: theory and practice for composition studies. Utah State University Press.

Freire, P. (2014). Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30th Anniversary Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Giroux, H. A. (2001). Theory and Resistance in Education: Towards a Pedagogy for the Opposition. Greenwood Publishing Group.

hooks, bell. (2000). Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. Pluto Press.

hooks, bell. (2013). Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. Routledge.

hooks, bell. (2014). Teaching To Transgress. Routledge.

Kynard, C. (2013). Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies. SUNY Press.

Pritchard, E. D. (2016). Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. SIU Press.