Courses

I have developed my teaching skills in a variety of settings.  Prior to Cornell, I served as a high school English instructor and also taught a class on American history for an adult high school diploma program.  At Cornell, I have developed and taught First Year Writing Seminars on various medieval topics:

“Reading in the Middle and Digital Ages” (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013) juxtaposed and explored medieval and modern modes of interacting with texts.  The class aimed to encourage students to think about reading, writing, and media from historical and critical perspectives.  As a Graduate Research and Teaching Fellow, I completed a yearlong research project detailing my accomplishments and challenges in this course, and subsequently presented a poster at a university-wide symposium organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence. A summary of this research has recently been published in the volume Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for College and University Faculty (Routledge, 2014).

“Heresy” (Fall 2011) examined the definitions and repressions of religious dissent in Europe from late antiquity through the sixteenth century.  Focusing on issues surrounding gender, belief, and otherness, we spent time reading, writing, and thinking about the meanings of heresy and orthodoxy in premodern contexts.

“Saints, Miracles, and Demons” (Fall 2010) investigated some of the diverse literature surrounding holy men and women in medieval Europe.  Through discussions of primary texts in translation, the class addressed issues surrounding historicity, gender, and the role of the miraculous in hagiographic texts.  Assignments included a close reading essay, a research paper, and the staging of a canonization trial!

I also served as a TA for Oren Falk’s course The Viking Age (Spring 2011).

I am committed to improving and developing my teaching skills throughout my career.  I have participated in a number of courses, initiatives, and programs at Cornell designed to improve the quality of undergraduate education, including: Writing 7100, a course for instructors of First Year Writing Seminars and the Graduate Research in Teaching Fellowship Program (GRTF), a year-long program designed to prepare graduate students to become effective post-secondary teachers.

My fields of teaching interest include: medieval history; Viking and medieval Scandinavia; early modern European history (especially the Reformation); premodern religious, legal, and political communities; and Western civilization.

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