American Studies Association
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Campus Coordinator, 2001- present)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature of the US
Areas of Interest
Film (U.S. cinema/U.S. culture, race and gender in U.S. film); writing in the disciplines; teaching with technology; contemporary U.S. literature
As a lecturer and Director of the department's Computer-Integrated Courses Program (CIC), I concentrate on undergraduate teaching and program administration. While my courses cover diverse areas of English studies-film, interdisciplinary writing, and literature-they all address the relationship between text and context. In my interdisciplinary writing courses, students explore how disciplinary contexts shape written texts, asking how scholars within a discipline delineate topics, construct arguments, and value evidence. My literature and film courses examine how ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation are reflected in and constructed by cinematic or literary texts. I am particularly interested in the role cinema and literature play in defining race and national identity.
All of my courses include technology, with students using web-based tools or software programs to develop their argumentative writing, textual analysis, critical thinking, and research skills. My interest in technology-based pedagogy fuels my administrative work in CIC, a program that supports innovative integration of technology into the humanities curriculum.