Teaching & Learning

I have been teaching at the university level since Fall 2009, and I have been engaged in tutoring and mentoring activities for far longer as a successful small business owner. Many of my closest family members, however, have been (and are) dedicated teaching and research professionals at the college or university levels. I have had the good fortune to learn from their experience. My pedagogical philosophies and research practices continue to evolve, and self-reflection combined with self-reflexivity are key to this process. I also worked at Illinois State University’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT), which helped strengthen my pedagogy, editorial, and research skills. In my position as the editor for The Link, which I began in Summer 2011, I also developed my web design capabilities and editorial skills. I was promoted to the Faculty Development Programming Team Fall 2014. In that role, I assist or lead Future Professors, a workshop and professional development circle geared toward advanced graduate teaching assistants. I also helped orchestrate the annual Teaching & Learning Symposium.

Click here for my teaching philosophy: phillips_teaching_philosophy-fl16

Courses I’ve Taught as Sole Instructor of Record:

ENG 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry
Illinois State University
As a liberal arts requirement for all freshmen, this course includes study of basic composition, the modes of rhetoric, revision practices, peer review methods, citation formatting and style, and beginning critical theory. Instructors have an open syllabus plan, meaning the instructor designs and implements the class while supporting overarching learning objectives.
(See Former Course Website)

ENG 128 Gender in the Humanities
Illinois State University
This course is an elective general education course available to all undergraduate students. Students examine gender roles, norms, and stereotypes from a broad range of perspectives within humanities across centuries and cultures. Student engage with both literary texts, contemporary media, and theoretical/conceptual texts that address constructions of gender in the U.S. and abroad. The instructor of record designs the syllabus and course plan, incorporating learning objectives appropriate to the University’s goals and gendered equity.

ENG 145 Writing in the Disciplines
Illinois State University
This course is a required second-tier course for all undergraduate students. Through research, analysis, and writing, students identify the conventions of their particular academic discourse communities and implement those conventions in their course writings and interactions. The instructor of record designs the syllabus and course plan, incorporating learning objectives appropriate to the University’s goals.

ENG 145.13 Writing for Business and Government
Illinois State University
This course is a required second-tier course for undergraduate students in the school of business. Students learn how to research the rhetorical situation and create appropriate professional and technical communication genres contingent with audience and purpose.

ENG 239 Multimodal Composition
Illinois State University
This course is an elective for undergraduate students; English majors whose focus is publication often enroll in this course. Through research, multimodal composition, rhetorical analysis, and writing, students learn how to compose in multiple modes for different audiences and purposes. Students engage in critical analysis and practical application of multimodal concepts. I centered the course design around critical analysis of sensory rhetorics and environmental perceptions, engaging students with both application and analysis of multimodal compositions.

ENG 246 Advanced Composition
Illinois State University
Advanced composition is a core course for English majors. Students study expository writing through different theoretical lenses to address why to write, focusing on invention. Students engage issues of technique and process and work to understand how and why each of us might write the way that we do and consider influences on decision-making processes.

ENG 249 Technical and Professional Writing I
Illinois State University
This course is required for undergraduate students in the school of applied sciences and technology. Students are introduced to a cultural-rhetorical approach to technical communication, highlighting the vital role of culture in shaping and influencing design and usability decisions and to emphasize how rhetorical situations (which involve negotiating cultural information to affect specific action) arise and are addressed within technical communication.

ENG 283 Rhetorical Theory and Its Applications
Illinois State University
This course is a required third-tier course for English majors. Through research, rhetorical analysis, and writing, students learn the conventions of rhetorical practice and learn to apply those concepts to particular discourse communities. The course I designed addressed the ways in which our sensory experiences persuade us to act rhetorically, and students connected rhetorical theory and ancient concepts to their lives. The course culminated in a one-day, public seminar on the rhetoric of environmental justice that the students titled: “Sensory (In)Justice: Making Sense of Shared Environments.”

ENG 349 Technical and Professional Writing II
Illinois State University
This course is a required course for all graduate students in computer science, information technology, and cyber security. It is cross-listed as a graduate/undergraduate course. English majors interested in careers in applied technical writing often enroll in the course. I began teaching the course part-way through the semester due to another instructor’s illness.

Courses I’ve Guest Lectured or Facilitated:

ENG 482 Literary Theory
Illinois State University
In addition to co-organizing a conference associated with this graduate course, I was a course facilitator twice for this course in Fall 2012. I facilitated one session on New Materialism and one session on Material Ecofeminism.

ENG 467 Digital and Visual Rhetorics and Discourses
Illinois State University
I was a course facilitator in this graduate course in Fall 2012. I gave a conference-style presentation and facilitated course discussion and activities on N. Katherine Hayles’ book How We Became Posthuman.

ENG 384 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Illinois State University
I was a guest lecturer in this course in Fall 2011. The course had an ecocriticism frame. I facilitated a lecture and discussion session on Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter.

ENG 466 Native American Discourses, Literatures, and Rhetorics
Illinois State University
I  guest lectured in this graduate course in Fall 2011.  I facilitated a lecture and discussion session on museum practices and dispossession of indigenous peoples cultural artifacts and art.

ART 478 Critical Theory
Illinois State University
I was a teaching assistant and repeat guest lecturer in this graduate course in Spring 2011. The course is a key graduate course for M.F.A. Studio Artists and M.A. students in Visual Culture.  I facilitated several lectures and discussion sessions that covered a range of key figures in Critical Theory including Derrida, Lacan, and Foucault, Butler, and Haraway.

ART 257 Art Survey III Modern Art Movements
Illinois State University
I was a repeat guest lecturer in this large lecture course in Spring 2011. The course is required for all undergraduate art majors. The lead professor experienced an extended illness and I stepped in as needed during the semester. I also tutored students one-on-one and in small groups for their essay writing assignments and essay-based quizzes. In addition, I was responsible for much of the grading duties in the course.

ART 176 Arts and Society
Illinois State University
I was a guest lecturer and graduate assistant in this large lecture course from Spring 2009-Spring 2011. The course fulfills a general education requirement for all undergraduate students. I lectured on contemporary museum and art display practices. I also created an ad hoc study group for interested students, and arranged a voluntary library tour.

Courses I’ve Assisted:

ART 155 Art Survey I Arts from Prehistoric Times to End of Medieval Period, Circa 1400.
Illinois State University
I was a graduate assistant in this large lecture course in Fall 2009. The course fulfills a general education requirement for all undergraduate students. I volunteered my tutoring services to enrolled students.


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