Since Fall of 2014, I have worked as a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, where I am responsible for three courses each semester. To date these have included a large 100-level lecture on quantitative methods; 200-level lectures in media psychology and political communication; two upper-level undergraduate seminars; and a graduate seminar for first-time Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs).
The upper-level seminars are courses I designed, and each builds on a different area of interest. One is called Media as Sexual Socializer, and the other is called Gendered Violence and Media.
More information about Media as Sexual Socializer
Course description: Some researchers argue that the media serve as a sexual socializer. What does this mean, and what evidence is there to support this claim? In this course, we will start by considering the prevalence and nature of sexual media content. We will then focus on the effects of this content, paying special attention to the contexts under which these effects can be expected to manifest. You will have a chance to explore these issues in a variety of formats, including discussions, blog posts, in-class presentations, and a research paper
More information about Gendered Violence and Media
Course description: In the last couple years, gendered violence has assumed a prominent place on the public agenda. From the “It’s On Us” campaign, to the allegations against Bill Cosby, to stories focusing on athletes such as Ray Rice and Jameis Winston, gendered violence is being recognized as an important social issue to a greater extent than ever before. What are we to make of this media focus on gendered violence? In this seminar, we will first focus on how news media cover gendered violence before turning our attention to representations of gendered violence in entertainment media. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on the real-world consequences of these media texts. Please be advised that due to the subject matter, we will routinely be dealing with content that some may consider upsetting and/or objectionable.
Working as a lecturer builds upon the teaching experience I gained as a graduate student. My teaching experience while in graduate school spanned 12 semesters, and included courses in media effects; the media and public affairs; quantitative methods; and information literacy.
As part of my commitment to my role as an educator, I have earned a teaching certificate through the University of Michigan’s Center for Research and Learning on Teaching, or CRLT.