First Day of Class Self-Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde This semester, like all semesters, I’m thinking about what I can do to practice self-care and balance my mental/physical wellbeing with a new semester of classes, projects, and deadlines. I’m also thinking about what I can…… Continue reading First Day of Class Self-Care

Pedagogy · Reflections

#wordsmatter: calling out rape culture

Last spring, I wrote a post reflecting on a moment in class when a male student was arguing with a female student that rape jokes are acceptable because rape, like death, is natural and therefore acceptable to joke about. I was upset that someone would make that argument and that a conversation like that could happen in a classroom–my…… Continue reading #wordsmatter: calling out rape culture


Reflections 2014: Engaging the Possibilities of Disability Studies

My previous post reminded me to share the super exciting table of contents for the Fall 2014 special issue of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning that I’ve been working on since last spring. It should be ready for print next month, and the content is so so good. Check it out! (Note:…… Continue reading Reflections 2014: Engaging the Possibilities of Disability Studies



This is the presentation I’m giving at C’s this year (today! B.30), part of a larger panel titled “Critical Disability Pedagogies: Hacking the Curriculum, Rewriting Spaces.” *** “Dis/Ability as Inquiry: Hacking the Fixed Curriculum” Although there are benefits to a shared, fixed curriculum, it can sometimes butt heads with the values and needs of the…… Continue reading #4c14

CCR 632: Comp Pedagogy

Critical Teaching & Everyday Life

In his preface to Critical Teaching & Everyday Life, Shor reflects on the relevance of his book as an introduction to critical pedagogy and how it impacted his future scholarship. In particular, he claims the book helped him communicate a dialogic pedagogy, which extended into Pedagogy for Liberation with the idea that classrooms can’t be…… Continue reading Critical Teaching & Everyday Life


Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

Errors and Expectations is one of those books that I feel like I know really well (because it’s so strongly situated in the field) but had never read past the introduction. I was surprised to see how much of what Shaughnessy was saying about basic writing (BW) students was still relevant 35 years later—minus more…… Continue reading Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing