teaching

Førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor), Institutt for Fremmedspråk (Department of Foreign Languages), University of Bergen, Norway

Lower-level undergraduate courses:

  • Introduction to Literary Studies. Lectures and seminars.
  • Introduction to British Literature. First 8 lectures (1.5 hrs each) from Old English to  1780 / Rise of the Novel. Seminars.

Upper-level undergraduate courses:

  • Visions and Madness in Pre-modern Literature

Graduate courses:

  • Chaucer After Theory
  • Women Writers’ Blazing Worlds
  • Arthurian Literature: Medieval and Modern

Masters Theses advised or in progress (general topics):

  • Character development in Siri Hustvedt’s novels
  • Gender, performance, and the gothic genre in Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ian Banks’ Wasp Factory
  • Medievalism in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire
  • Death in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, purgatory visions, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • Competition in Mount Everest narratives
  • Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses
  • Ecocriticism and Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native
  • Gaskell’s Cranford
  • Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Wharton’s House of Mirth

Other graduate-level advising:

  • Co-Organizer: PhD Research School, a regular seminar for PhD students in two departments; includes writing coaching, presentation coaching, professionalization (2015-present)
  • Organizer, Masters Program Work-in-Progress weekly seminar for MA students writing their year-long thesis project (Fall 2015 + Fall 2016)

Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sole instructor for self-designed classes in English literature.

ENGL 450: Visions and Madness in Medieval Literature [Winter 2012 / 12-week term]
ENGL 450: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [Spring 2012 / 6-week term]
ENGL 298: Introduction to Literary Studies: Islands [Spring 2012 / 6-week term]
ENGL 450: From Table to Tablet: The History of the Book [Winter 2013 / 12-week term]
ENGL 450: Book of Monsters: Reading the Old English Beowulf Manuscript [Spring 2013 / 6-week term]

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Supervise an undergraduate research assistant to help support The Syon Abbey Society and conduct research and manuscript transcription of materials for my second book project. [Sept. 2011-present] 

Summer Research Opportunity Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Supervise a research assistant to research and transcribe legislative and liturgical texts from medieval manuscripts associated with Syon Abbey [June-July 2012]

Teaching Assistant, Yale University
Lead weekly discussion sections; set supplementary section syllabi; graded exercises, papers, and exams.

ENGL 150: Old English (Professor Roberta Frank) [Spring 2010)
Guest Lecture: “The Dream of the Rood and Medieval Dream-Visions.”
ENGL 201: Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies (Professor David Scott Kastan) [Fall 2009]
ENGL 154/ HIST 228: Vikings! (Professors Roberta Frank and Anders Winroth) [Spring 2009]
ENGL 170: Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (Professor Alastair Minnis) [Fall 2008]
Guest Lecture: “Reading from Beyond the Grave: The Second Nun’s Tale.”

Writing Tutor, Yale University
Met with students individually to critique daily writing assignments and develop creative writing style.
ENGL 450: Daily Themes. Professor Linda Peterson. [Spring 2007]

The fruits of our last Shakespeare section wrap-up. Mapping the Histories and Tragedies.

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