Teaching Higher Ed, Writing and Critical Reasoning
I am an instructor of first-year writing. I hope my students enjoy the courses I teach as much as I enjoy teaching the students who take them. I strive to create lessens that prompt critical thinking and reasoning skills. My 25 years in the classroom have shown me that, as students become critical thinkers, they become better writers. Recent research on reasoning and writing bears out this claim.
I do freelance writing and editing as time allows. I’ve recently moved to fiction writing and have written a mystery novel, which is now in the revision stage. I love this stage the best. Few times in our lives do we get to redo a conversation or an event. Revising means getting to do the redo.
Practicing the craft of writing makes me ever cognizant of the effort that writing and revision requires and helps me relate more keenly to my students’ writing and revising experiences.
Ph.D. program, History (Dissertation Research: Female Incarceration, Dwight Women’s Reformatory, 1930 – 35.), University of Illinois, Urbana (coursework, no degree). (1996 – 1998)
M.A., English, Eastern Illinois University. (1996)
M.A., History, Eastern Illinois University (1989)
B.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University (1988)
Writing as Inquiry 101
WRA 0102: Prep for College Writing
Walter and Pauline Adams Academy for Instructional Excellence and Innovation, http://fod.msu.edu/events/walter-and-pauline-adams-academy-instructional-excellence-and-innovation