Teaching

As a teacher, I care about getting students to practice inquiry as they read and write; I want them to pose challenging questions, to critically consider other people’s ideas, and to connect what they learn in the classroom to their personal lives and public responsibilities.

My teaching and mentoring experience in the Dept. of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln includes an administrative appointment as an associate coordinator of the composition program (2014), and work as a graduate teaching assistant (instructor of record, 2010-16) and lecturer (2017). I taught 100-level writing courses, 200-level writing and American literature courses, and a 300-level course in literature and the environment at UNL. I have taught both writing and literature courses online as well. One of my students won the Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing in the Dept. of English in 2013, and in 2014 I was one of the recipients of the Robert L. Hough Graduate Teaching Award in the Dept. of English.

I also enjoy teaching through public events and programs. I have led workshops on literature and writing at the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar (2014) and the Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environmental Education & Nebraska Master Naturalist Annual Conference (2013), and from 2011-13 I was a tutor for Lincoln Literacy. Before coming to Nebraska, I taught English at the Evanjelické Lyceum in Bratislava, Slovakia, for the 2006-07 academic year.

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