At Saint Louis University, the undergraduate classes I teach fall into two categories: core classes required of all communication majors & minors, and classes offered in the department’s Journalism & Media Studies track. The links below lead to the most recent class blog for each course. A complete list of courses taught is on my CV page.
- Media & Society (lecture): Covering a wide background of media industries, and helping students develop the critical skills necessary for understanding how media function and impact our everyday lives
- Media & Society (lab): Helping students learn how to use technology hardware, such as digital cameras and camcorders, and computer software including photo and video editing programs
Journalism & Media Studies track
- News Writing: Introducing students to the fundamental elements of producing news for print, online and broadcast, and guiding them through analysis of media ethics, organizations & consumers
- Multiplatform Journalism: Expanding students’ storytelling skills through technology and social media, and exploring how those technologies fit into the future of the profession
I also teach a graduate course titled Contemporary Issues in Media, which focuses on the future of journalism, tensions in media and communication technology, media management & economics, struggles over news content, and the changing role of media audiences.
Mentoring other instructors
Through the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, I assist other instructors who want to incorporate online tools more effectively in their classes. In addition to informal mentoring, I wrote a guest column on using student blog posts to spur critical reflection and helped lead a workshop on a similar topic.