I have had the opportunity to teach courses at five universities, from small seminars to large general education courses, with first-year undergraduates to advanced Ph.D. students, both within and outside of linguistics departments. Throughout this time, I have consistently received stellar evaluations from my students and my colleagues, where they remark on my ability to make coursework relevant outside linguistics, the rigor of my assessments, and their deep engagement in the material. My expectations for students are high, and I find that my teaching style encourages them to reach the high bar I set.
My students also explore their individualized interests through self-directed projects and essays. This pedagogical exercise requires students to plan, receive and apply feedback, and create meaningful connections to course material while also ensuring they have fully grasped course concepts. Some of these "UnEssays" I have received from students include brochures on the importance of different language interventions, explorations of language discrimination through bilingual poetry or codeswitching through musical style and lyric choice, podcast interviews on commonly held language myths, and a variety of methodologically sound, theoretically rigorous experiment proposals. My students have won prizes for their papers, presented their work at symposia and conferences, and published with me.
I have taught widely across the linguistics curriculum. Some broad themes are below, while information on particular courses at other universities follows.
A First-Year Interest Group (FIG) course, where material from two additional courses—Introduction to Language and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology—is explored through the lens of constructed languages. Restricted to first-year students only, no background in either area assumed.
LING 407/507: Artificial Grammar Learning
A course exploring the methodology of artificial grammar learning, from how to create a language to investigate the phenomenon of choice, to how artificial grammars and languages have been used to explore aspects of language use. Co-convened with BA, MA, and Ph.D. students.
An introductory linguistics course focusing on phonetics, phonology, morphology, and various topics in psycholinguistics, with no previous background assumed.
LING 205: Phonetics and Phonology
A course examining the physical properties of speech (phonetics) as well as the mental representation of sound systems in language (phonology).
LING 212: Language Disorders
This course surveys a variety of language disorders throughout the lifespan, from developmental disorders to acquired disorders. Topics covered include neuroanatomy, language profiles of affected populations, and typical clinical treatments.
LING 220: Bilingualism
This course introduces some of the primary topics in studying bilingual populations from psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. No previous background in linguistics is assumed.
LING 230: Psycholinguistics
A course introducing methods and areas of study in psycholinguistics, with a focus on reading and synthesizing original research. The primary population discussed is typically developing adults. No previous background in psychology or linguistics is assumed.
A course introducing statistical concepts, from the basics of hypothesis testing and descriptive statistics to ANOVA and regression calculations. No background in statistics assumed. A required course for many majors within the college.
A course on the theory of translation: the philosophy of translation, how to translate various creative works, the language use and choices translators must make in their craft. No prerequisites; counted as upper-division, writing-intensive course for non-Johnston students.
Books That Make You Want to Write Re-Re-Reloaded
A course on creative writing, examining several novels and elements of writing (character and setting development, language use, etc.) therein. No prerequisites; counted as upper-division, writing-intensive course for non-Johnston students.
Intro to PsychoPy (05/13/18)
A short workshop covering the basic elements of the PsychoPy experiment presentation system. Presented to the Multilingualism Group; University of Arizona
Statistics in R for Psycholinguists (08/16/18 & 08/23/18; with Essa Qurbi)
A two-week workshop covering how to read in data and install packages, generate descriptive statistics with R Stats and Psych packages, coding and interpreting one-way ANOVA, and coding and interpreting linear mixed effects modeling using lme4. Presented to Ph.D. students in the Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching departments; University of Arizona.
Two-Way ANOVA & Multiple Regression in R (02/08/19; with Essa Qurbi)
75-minute workshop covering generating descriptive statistics, coding and interpreting two-way ANOVAs and multiple regression models, and, if time, generating graphs and effect sizes. Presented at the SLAT Roundtable, University of Arizona. [Github repository]