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What kind of student would love your class?
Students who are willing to take an active role in the learning process. As a teacher, I don't have all the answers. I learn from students constantly.
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I watch a lot of television and spend too much time on Twitter (@daniellestern), from which I generate plenty of current discussion topics for class.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Popular culture and celebrity studies; gender, feminism and queer theory; critical media studies; social media and television industries and audiences
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Helping the commnerd hashtag get started on Twitter.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
I look for motivation and improvement over the course of the term. Eye contact and participating in class discussions are important, so is completing readings.
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Wordpress, YouTube, Twitter, Prezi, Coursekit, Google Docs and so on. I try to get away from Blackboard and PowerPoint as much as possible.
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Use office hours. :-)
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm helping with an oral history project about LGBTQ Hampton Roads. I also serve on the editorial board for AltDaily, an alternative/activist online news site.
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
For individual learning, a reflection essay on media engagement; for group learning, a blog activity with multimedia components.
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What is your style of teaching?
I encourage interactive course discussion and seminar approaches. The only exception is the occasional large lecture section of COMM 250.
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