I currently teach at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Mason is the largest and most diverse public school in Virginia, and as a result, my students are very exciting people!
I believe that studying communication, and the liberal arts more generally, provides the necessary skills to be an active citizen. These skills include public speaking (in traditional and mediated contexts), critical thinking, and effective argumentative writing.
As a teacher, my goal is to help students discover ways to thoughtfully engage in the world around them. This means that I need to design activities that encourage collaboration given that a communal spirit is necessary for democracy to thrive. I also seek to help students think through the controversies that are part of our daily lives. Active citizens cannot shy away from controversy–although they can do their part to mediate! I came to the study of communication through forensics–speech and debate–so I feel very strongly about building oral and written communication skills.
You can learn about what classes I’m currently teaching by visiting my Mason webpage.
I’ve also gathered a few sample syllabi from the courses that I often teach.
Click here to see a sample syllabus from Comm335: Organizational Communication.
Click here to see a sample syllabus from Comm454: Freedom of Speech and Communication Ethics.