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The Discovery Tool lets you find professors based on the answers they supply. You can filter by department and question. Click the answer bubble to see the professor’s profile.

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What is your style of teaching?
Lecture, discussion, and seminar with active learning techniques.
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What is your style of teaching?
My primary focus is on student autonomy. Students will eventually operate outside of the classroom. This means that over the course of a semester I withdraw.
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Books, whiteboard, computer, projector, images, videos
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Maybe it's cheesy, but my kids are really cool.
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
I don't try to engage students. It's like making people love you. I try to engage myself, though, and I like the one where they generate a story idea per week.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
Quality effort, attention to detail, critical thinking, original ideas
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
My students have said that I am "sadistic, but in a kind hearted way." That's probably the best way to put it.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Fiction writing, film, visual narrative, creative process. Also, I don't believe in fields.
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What kind of student would love your class?
Someone who is kind of sick of school or who never really understood formal education. Achievers get upset in my classes. It's about personal growth not grades.
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am the director of an experiential education program the focuses on creativity and innovation. I also take college students to National Parks.
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
In the classroom I try to teach without technology, usually just a white board. Outside the classroom my materials and workflow are 100% digital.
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
I've published one of the few academic books on zombie cinema, American Zombie Gothic
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
Curiosity, risk, dedication, thoughtfulness. It's easy to tell when someone's calling it in. It's also easy to see when someone's only interested in grades.
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Don't hold back. Take risks. I know mediocrity is usually rewarded, but it's usually with mediocre rewards. Failure is a crucial part of the process.
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
I'm energetic, organized, and precise, and I'm known to be a hard grader who gives lots of feedback and expect polished assignments
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Horror film studies and theory, especially zombie narratives
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
My honors 1010 students change their lifestyles for 30 days and report on the results.
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Stay in contact with you professors, come to class prepared, open your mouth in class, and don't be afraid to ask for help
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I take a group of students to study literature in London each spring
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What kind of student would love your class?
Energetic, engaged, well prepared, outspoken, organized, open minded
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