Teaching

I have teaching experience as a Course Instructor in the Faculty of Translation, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies (site in German), at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany, and as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies at York University and the Department of English & Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. I have guest lectured on several occasions, including in York University’s Department of English and the Department of English and General Education at Seneca College.

Covering the studies of media studies, the critical and creative digital humanities, digital narratives, contemporary literature, and cultural studies, my interdisciplinary teaching experience has developed my pedagogical skills to be flexible enough to complement different areas, levels, and methods of study.

My teaching philosophy is shaped through the pedagogical objectives of adaptability and student development, paired with efforts to make post-secondary learning both challenging and interactive. Thinking about pedagogy in a digitally informed era, my teaching method draws from the comparative media analysis framework that is proposed by N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman in 2013’s Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. This method combines traditional humanities analysis (such as close reading) with a sensitivity for medium-specific representation and digital culture. In this sense, I prepare my students for text analysis through combined techniques—from independent work to group analysis, from using book- and print-based methods to designing their own digital tools.

My attention to the unique needs of students has been sharpened by past experience as a teacher and tutor of recently immigrated Chinese high school students in Canada. Instructing in both English and Cantonese, I designed group and one-on-one curricula in the fields of English literature, and critical reading and writing skills (for the latter, in preparation for the TOEFL, or, Test of English as a Foreign Language).

A former student states that discussions in my classes “have at times been so intense and intriguing that the hour has gone by in a flash! You never want it to end, and I will miss it very much.”