I have a passion for teaching. I think deeply and often about how I can become a better teacher. For me, teaching and learning can happen in many different ways and places—whether lecturing on the ring-structure in Beowulf; facilitating in-class worksheets (“capers”) designed to help college freshmen become more competent and confident writers; consulting with administrators on how to implement curricular changes whether involving the arts or everyday math; training docents to lead tours of memorials or temporary exhibits; drilling fencers on how to turn a defensive action into a potentially offensive one; or demonstrating the proper way to remove the hook from a fish so it can be revived and released back into the wild.
At Sewanee: The University of the South, I specialize in medieval and Renaissance literature with an eye toward the history of ideas. I also sponsor many independent reading courses and tutorials for students who want to pursue their interests beyond regular classroom instruction (most memorable recently have been courses on the epic in the West and in the East, Nietzsche’s aphoristic style, Byron’s longer works, applied dramaturgy, and historical linguistics). Click here for a recent article about my teaching at Sewanee.
Below are some links concerning those aspects of formal classroom instruction that highlight my general approach to learning, my teaching philosophy, and a detailed analysis of how specific learning goals and instructional objectives can be realized and assessed.