While much of my coursework as a graduate student at CSULB involved creative writing, I've had the opportunity to take classes in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as complete the Cerritos College Global Literature Internship. Below is a collection of selected projects that have contributed to my teaching interests.

 

Teaching Intercultural Competence by Crossing Global and Personal Discourses with Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World

During the first semester of the Global Literature Internship at Cerritos College, Interns are asked to conduct research in order to answer the question: Why is it important for students to learn global literature? What is the practical application of this discipline as they enter University life? In this first research paper, I take a practical teaching approach and show how to teach Yuri Herrera's novel Signs Preceding the End of the World within the context of global issues. Included in the paper is a breakdown of thematic material that I would teach to students, as well as a sample "mystory" assignment in which students respond to the novel by crossing personal and cultural discourses. 

 

Writing on Fleek: The (On)line Between Academic and Social Discourses

Using Patricia Bizzell's exploration of hybrid discourse videos, I examine the use of language between academic and online discourse communities. Using video as a medium, I attempt to figure out how writing that is associated with modern technology such as texting, emoji and abbreviation could be part of academic work and why this may be important for current and future writers. 

 

A Moment in the Discipline: Flower and Hayes' Cognitive Process Theory

In this foundational project for English 535: Theories and Practices of Composition, I was tasked with studying a moment in the discipline of composition. I decided to study Linda Flowers and John Hayes' "cognitive process theory," which implied that writers go through a set process when composing. While the cognitive process model by Linda Flower and John Hayes was debunked due to its use of protocol analysis, the wealth of data found in the 1981 paper still proves useful to composition theorists and researchers today. 

 

Dreaming with our Eyes Open: Applying Theories of Electrate Invention to Creative Writing

While concerned with the cultural, institutional, and educational implications of the transition between print and digital culture, Gregory Ulmer's theory of electracy wrestles with the richness of digital media, especially video, and how it contributes to inventional practices within the academy. Instead of inventing new knowledge based on finding ground on which to stand, one’s participation within digital culture can spark a network of connections in which the one “does not reflect on but reflects in, thus creating possibilities for that which cannot be expressed in language to move to the forefront” (Ulmer 60). This notion of invention does not just apply to digital media, but it also has everything to do with creative writing. While writing fiction and poetry is linked with literacy in several ways, the inventional process behind it is inherently electrate. 

 

The Meteoric Rise of Hotline Bling: How Vidiots Can Redefine Mainstream Success

When the music video for Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was released, along with the subsequent memes and parodies, I was extremely intrigued and entertained. The song itself was released on July 31, 2015, but it had not crossed my path until three months later (when the music video was released). The memes were quite entertaining, but that wasn’t all that I was interested in. NPR released an article a few days after the music video was released and claimed that, despite the heavy mixing and remixing of his video, Drake, who publicly expressed the desire to get the No. 1 spot in Billboard’s Hot 100, would not reach his goal. I found myself quite puzzled by this. With all the memes being created, posted, and shared, I questioned why “Hotline Bling” wasn’t No. 1 from an industry standpoint. 

 

The Reality of Fantasy: How AR Sparks Invention

In this first project for Digital Rhetoric, I explore the possibilities of augmented reality for inventive practices. To put it plainly, augmented reality adds another dimension to the real world in the way that it adds or subtracts images from what you actually see.  In his essay “One Video Theory,” Gregory Ulmer pieces together the difference between hearing words and seeing images, noting that while one would miss out on experiential context while hearing someone speak, watching television inundates audiences with “the stream of absurdities delivered into their living rooms, but none of the expert knowledge.”  Augmented reality seems to be the missing piece of the puzzle in this regard - while you interact with the physical surroundings, augmented reality has the potential to fill in that gaps of knowledge with images or context.