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Dianna Shank

Associate Professor

Alma Maters: BA St Martin's College, MA Central Washington University, PhD SIU Carbondale
Classes Taught: ENG 95, ENG 96 ENG 101, ENG 102, LIT 113, LIT 214, LIT 215, LIT 205
Countries Traveled To: Lots of places in Europe, India, Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Honduras
Companies Worked For: GEOS Language Schools, Grays Harbor College, USM, CWU, SWIC
What is your style of teaching?
Active, enthusiastic, hands-on!
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Everything from paper to podcasts!
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Every assignment is different
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Signs of intelligent life, genuine knowledge-lusting, someone working to meet the objectives of the course
What kind of student would love your class?
Ethusiastic knowledge-seeking individuals!
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Read. Work hard. Accept advice. Take on challenges. Ask questions. Write.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Non-western literature (especially since I am a HUGE world travelor!)
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Finishing a marathon (my 17th) while on chemo.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I am researching the use of race (and politics) as a writing prompt in writing classes.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Work hard! Actively seek knowledge!

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