My courses help students hone their rhetorical awareness of disciplinary norms, values, and genres and equip them to be agents of social and professional change.

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ENGL 391NM: Introduction to Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Writing-intensive course aimed at introducing students to the field of the rhetoric of health and medicine. By analyzing texts and narratives by providers, patients, caregivers, and more, students will identify and assess how communication practices play a critical role in effective, efficient, and patient-oriented healthcare.

ENGIN 351: Writing in Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Discussion-based writing in the disciplines course covering effective communication practices in the field of engineering. Students are introduced to traditional technical and scientific writing forms, including postmortems, mechanical and technical descriptions, extended technical definitions, and research posters. Students gain experience analyzing and communicating information through visual, verbal, and written modes.

CICS 305: Social Issues in Computing
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Discussion-based writing in the disciplines course covering a range of social and professional issues in the field of computing, including algorithmic bias, identity and computing, automation, right to repair, and surveillance. Students compose analyses of representations of computing in popular discourse, reflect on their coding and programming literacies, and advocate for policy changes to appropriate decision-makers.

ENGL 391C: Advanced Software for Professional Writers
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Content-based course introducing students to the history and practice of web writing, best practices for web accessibility, and HTML/CSS. Students code and create an online portfolio of content that demonstrates skills as a web designer and professional writer. 

ENGL 379: Introduction to Professional Writing
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Introductory course to the Professional Writing and Technical Communication certificate program. Offers an overview of commonly professional genres such as memos, reports, job materials, and grant proposals. Students practice writing in these genres, develop technical research skills, and gain experience in communicating specialized information to non-specialist readers.