Two years ago, I was fortunate to receive the UW Distinguished Teaching Award.

Many, many distinguished teachers work at the University of Washington’s three campuses that include the Medical School, Law School, Colleges of Engineering, Environment, Built Environments, Education, Business, Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, the Information School, and in the College of Arts and Sciences. I teach in the Integrated Social Sciences Program, the English Department and formerly in the University Honors Program. Please click here for a description of that.

I am inspired by my students and by our work together.  I have the chance to bring literature and writing alive and help it be relevant to students with all sorts of interests.

Courses I sometimes teach:

The Triggering Town is a reading and writing studio that connects poetry to place.

Teaching to Transgress, a course inspired by bell hooks and Paulo Freire.

Moroccan Literature pivots between Tahar Ben Jaloun, Fatima Mernissi, Leila Lelami and others to explore French colonization and the beautiful terrain of Morocco.

For the English Department, I have taught, or will be teaching, Reading Pacific NW Fiction and Introduction to Poetry, Teaching Writing Methods, Introduction to English within The Humanities.

Pilgrimages and Idle Travels merges travel writing and memoir into a writing course.

And in Integrated Social Sciences, I teach the Capstone Course and Advanced Research Writing in the Social Sciences.

Introduction to Humanities, now Introduction to English within the Humanities, is an innovative online course with cameo appearances by Ana Mari Cauce, President of the University, and Ed Taylor, Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. The course was created and tested for several years and then I made the design open source. If you are faculty in any other department at UW, I am delighted to share this course with you so that you can edit it and refine and insert some of your own discipline-specific material into it.

I hold open office hours for any UW undergraduate. You can come and see me and talk about literature, poetry, the Humanities or your own writing process.