Teaching Experience

Faculty, Writing and Media Arts, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA | 2009-2013

~ Interdisciplinary team teaching of fulltime programs  ~

Nonfiction Media: Sustainability and Justice | Fall, Winter, Spring 2012-13

The foundational year-long program for moving image practices at Evergreen – this program emphasized the study of media technology and hands-on production practices along with the study of film/video history and theory.  Our work as filmmakers was placed in the service of both sustainability and justice.

Radical Amazement: Interrogating the Everyday through Poetry & the Video Essay  | Spring 2012

This spring program included creative writing intensives in poetry and creative nonfiction as well as a series of electronic media workshops in which students will gain basic competencies in alternative audio/visual scriptwriting, audio recording and editing, photography, and multimedia editing, see more online.

Literary and Cinematic Storytelling  | Fall & Winter 2011-12

A two-quarter program using adaptation as a portal to creative writing, and literary and film theory and analyses. Readings included works by Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, John Guare, Sherman Alexie, Yiyun Li, Alice Munro, and Christopher Isherwood. Screenings included works by Julie Taymor, Spike Jonze, Julian Schnabel, Frances Ford Coppola, the Coen Brothers, Wayne Wang, Sherman Alexie, Sally Potter, and Sarah Polley. In fall quarter students worked individually and collaboratively, writing and presenting analytical papers on literature-to-film adaptation case studies. In winter quarter students wrote original short fiction and screenplay adaptations while further developing analytical and critique skills. Teaching partner: Eddy Brown.

Writing: On the Page and in the Frame  | Summer 2010 & 2011

A summer program exploring the essay as an experimental form of creative nonfiction in literary and media arts with a primary focus on writing and crafting video essays. Studied works by John McPhee, David Rakoff, Sherman Alexie, Lia Purpura, Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Jamaica Kincaid, Bernard Cooper, Pico Iyer, Sarah Vowell, Alain Resnais, Su Freidrich, Chris Marker, Kip Fulbeck, Laurie Simmons.

Collaborative Autobiographics: Interrogating Representations of Self and Other in Media, Writing, and Storytelling  | Spring 2011

Anchored in a feminist theory of self-representation, this one-quarter interdisciplinary arts program explored cross-cultural and collaborative approaches to autobiographical storytelling, and to developing analytical and practical skills related to media, performance, and creative writing.  Texts included works by Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Linda Anderson, John McPhee, Bill Nichols, Robert Stam, and Adrienne Kennedy. Students collaboratively wrote and presented three significant creative projects while participating in one of three—media, performance, or creative writing—quarter-long creative practice intensives. Teaching partners: Dr. Joye Hardiman and Naima Lowe.

Art, Time and Narrative | Fall & Winter 2010-11

A two-quarter writing, electronic media and visual arts program for freshmen. Designed to provide students with foundational skills in critical thinking, drawing and 2-D art, creative non-fiction and analytical writing, audio recording, basic photography and multimedia editing in the context of contemporary visual culture and art history. Readings included works by Eva Hoffman, Virgina Woolf, H. Porter Abbott, Stephen Hawking, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Valdimir Nabokov, Brenda Miller, Suzanne Paola, and Alison Bechdel. Teaching Partner: Shaw Osha.

Beyond Belief: Interrogating Belief through Literary and Media Arts | Spring 2010

This one-quarter, all-levels program explored the construction of belief, artistically and ideologically, through examining fiction and nonfiction literature and film, and through writing creative nonfiction and poetry.  Basic skills in electronic media arts—audio recording, basic digital-still photography, and video editing—were also taught. Each student was guided to narrow his or her individual interrogations to one theme and to generate a significant creative project—poetry collection or video essay—along with an accompanying research paper.  Teaching partner: Don Foran.

Writing Matters: Passion and Discipline in Literary and Media Arts | Fall &Winter 2009-2010

This two-quarter creative writing program explored theories and practices of narrative design in fiction, creative nonfiction, video essay, documentary and fictive film. Students wrote short fiction, creative nonfiction essays, poetry, treatments and screenplays, documentary project proposals, and analytical papers. Readings included works by Raymond Carver, Mary Oliver, Lucia Perillo, John D’Agata, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, Herman Melville, Flannery O’Connor, Ursula K. Le Guin, Annie Dillard, David Sedaris, Barry Lopez, and Jamaica Kincaid. Screenings included works by Lynn Shelton, Lars Von Trier, Wayne Wang, Ang Lee, Harun Farocki, John Bresand, Su Friedrich, Rea Tajiri, Albert and David Maysles, Jane Campion, and Agnes Varda. Teaching partner: Don Foran

MediaWorks in Context: Sustainability and Justice | Fall, Winter & Spring 2008-09

Joined the teaching team for winter and spring quarters. Aimed at guiding students to develop work in service of sustainability and social justice, this three-quarter program emphasized the study of media technology and hands-on production practices along with the study of film/video history and theory.  Fall and winter students developed media production skills and created work that used a variety of representational strategies, from documentary, to essayistic, to personal and autobiographical. Students devoted spring quarter to developing independent media projects through research, proposal writing, and media production. The yearlong program culminated in a public screening of students’ final media projects. Texts included works by Bill Nichols, Edward Small, Jim Lane, Catherine Russell, Laura Marks, Ursula Biemann, Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus. Numerous screenings included works by Dziga Vertov, Joris, Ivens, Bruce Conner, Stephen Beck, Chris Marker, Su Friedrich, Agnes Varda, Alain Resnais, Bill Viola, Sadie Benning, Rea Tajiri, Kip Fulbeck, Michael Snow, Stan Brakhage, and Maya Deren. Teaching partners: Beatriz Flores Gutiérrez and Laurie Meeker

Senior Lecturer, St. Martin’s University, Lacey, WA | Summers, 2010-2012

Studies in Film

This summer session surveys narrative and documentary films providing an overview of cinema history, significant film movements, and modes of representation in nonfiction film. Lectures, readings, and screenings aim to cultivate in students a critical understanding of formal elements of film—narrative form, mise en scene, cinematography, editing and sound—as tools for analyzing films in the contexts of art and culture. Students write analytical papers and conclude the course by presenting an in-depth analysis of a self-selected film. Readings include works by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis. Screenings include His Girl Friday, District 9, Juno, Do the Right Thing, The Princess of Nebraska, Breathless, The Gleaners and I, Night ad Fog, Battleship Potemkin, The Wild Party, Iraq in Fragments, The Thin Blue Line, and Catfish.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Naropa University, Boulder, CO | 2005-06

Mystics of the Middle Ages

Graduate program conducted entirely online. Facilitated all real-time seminars, responded to all forum posts, and provided written feedback to all students on research papers. Readings included works by Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi.

Adjunct Faculty, Writing and Media Arts, The Evergreen State College | 1998-2007

~ Evening and Weekend Studies | Summers | 4-credit Courses ~

Writing, Acting, & Directing For Film | Summer 2007

Directing Actors for Film | Summer 2006

Writing for the Moving Image | Winter & Spring 2000

Writing for the Moving Image | Winter & Spring 1999

Writing for the Moving Image | F all 1998