University of southern california

DORNSIFE college of letters, arts and sciences


Taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses while serving an integral role in the expansion of USC's Writing Program.  Courses and subjects taught include Rhetoric & Argumentation, Critical Reasoning & Writing, Theory & Practice in Teaching Expository Writing, Writing for the Visual & Performing Arts, Writing for the Arts & Humanities, Writing for Social Sciences, Creative Writing (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry), Screenwriting, Composition, Philosophy & Ethics, International Relations, Race Relations, Technology, and Popular Culture.


Associate Professor of Teaching; Excellence in Teaching Award; Faculty Development Grant; Faculty Recognition Award; Fiction Judge, USC Undergraduate Writers’ Competition; USC Faculty Fellow; LAWP Teaching Fellow; USC Writing Program Teaching Fellow


“Professional Jargon and Classroom Access - The Transition to Parentheses: New Boundaries for a Non-Tenure-Track Writing Program" - Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication

“Drafting & Revision: Strategies for Innovative Workshops” - Presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication

“Facilitating Learning in the Writing Workshop” - Orientation presentation for incoming faculty of USC's Writing Program

“Integrating Critical Reading and Writing into a Composition-Based Curriculum” - Illustrated orientation presentation for incoming faculty of USC's Writing Program

“Finding a Thesis: Classroom Approaches” - Professional development presentation for USC faculty

“How to Succeed in College Writing Classes" - Presented to undergraduates; applicable to the discipline of academic writing on the college level

“Portfolio Preparation: Where to Start, How to Finish” - Presented to undergraduates; covered effective revision techniques and approaches for producing the best work  

“What Colleges Expect from Student Writers” - Presented to college- and high school-level writing and English/Language Arts teachers on rhetorical techniques, critical thought, essay development and pedagogical theory

“Writing at the Next Level: Easing the High School to College Transition” - Presented to high school-level writing/Language Arts teachers; selected pedagogical theory applicable to writing efficiency and critical thought.

university service

Committee on Curriculum and Pedagogy; Faculty Merit Review Committee; Advisory Council; Faculty Fellow & Mentor; Instructional Advisor; Course Coordinator


Modern Language Association (MLA); Associated Writing Programs (AWP); National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)