Community Forum – Decolonizing the World Language Syllabus

It’s no secret that higher education, especially the liberal arts, face an uncertain future. Already underfunded and undervalued, the humanities in particular are facing even greater uncertainty exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many universities have used the crisis to gut entire programs and departments, leaving the rest of us even more concerned for our future. Fortunately, the UCO College of Liberal Arts has formed a … Continue reading Community Forum – Decolonizing the World Language Syllabus

Active Learning in HyFlex: A Morale-Boosting Story

Just what we all need! Another article with ideas for teaching during the pandemic! If you’re in a similar position to me, you’re probably sick of the overwhelming amount of tips, ideas, apps, websites, op-eds, and publisher pushes we’re been receiving non-stop for the past six months. This post, therefore, is not a how-to with even more suggestions; instead, what follows is a story about … Continue reading Active Learning in HyFlex: A Morale-Boosting Story

Discussion Techniques for Active Learning

Yesterday, I presented at the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute’s 20th Annual Collegium on College Teaching Practices. This event takes place each year on the Wednesday before fall semester classes begin. Though not mandatory, both the keynote and workshops sessions are extremely well attended by UCO faculty; since we all know how busy that week before class begins is, the packed rooms speak to both faculty’s … Continue reading Discussion Techniques for Active Learning

Jessica Jones and #MeToo: The Pressure to Report (IGSSC Oct 6, 2018)

I gave two papers at UCO’s Gender and Sexuality Studies conference this year, having found two Netflix shows worthy of discussion. Little did I know that this conference and this paper would coincide with the Brett Kavenaugh confirmation hearings and thus become doubly triggering and relevant in equal measures. Writing such a paper as a survivor of assault during the current political climate has been … Continue reading Jessica Jones and #MeToo: The Pressure to Report (IGSSC Oct 6, 2018)

Transphobic Feminism in Mass Media: Netflix’s La Mante

The following is one of my presentations for the UCO International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference 2018. I was introduced to this show by a student who found it while conducting one of her required cultural activities for Elementary French I. I watched excitedly, recommending the show to friends, colleagues, and students alike. I then learned a valuable lesson: don’t recommend a show until you’ve … Continue reading Transphobic Feminism in Mass Media: Netflix’s La Mante

Post-Study Tour Reflections: Now It’s My Turn

Having now returned from my internship with the Uganda leadership study tour, I want to reflect on the experience, not as a traveler, but as an educator. So rather than focus on what I learned as a participant alongside the students (which is a considerable amount!), I want to discuss what I learned about developing a successful and non-neocolonial (see previous post) study tour in … Continue reading Post-Study Tour Reflections: Now It’s My Turn