Teaching

A full list of my teaching positions, trainings, awards, presentations and publications can be found on my CV.

I approach teaching as a practice grounded in equity and real life application. I strive to make my courses accessible to and inclusive of all students and foreground the reality of academic knowledge as a tool of both oppression and transformation. I view teaching as an opportunity to build relationships with and learn from students as much as it is an opportunity to share my own knowledge and introduce students to new information and perspectives. 

I’ve taught discussion sections (20-30 students), small seminar courses ( < 10 students), a large lecture course ( > 200 students), and online courses in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. In addition to teaching at UCSB, I have taught at Virginia State University (a Historically Black College/University) and a local Santa Barbara high school.

Below is a selection of courses I’ve taught; more detailed information about undergraduate Linguistics courses at UCSB is available in the General Catalogue.

Teaching Associate / Instructor of Record (UCSB)

  • LING 20: Language and Linguistics ( < 10 students, online)
  • LING 50: Language and Power ( > 200 students)
    • Interdisciplinary general education course
  • LING 101: Basic Elements of Linguistic Analysis (< 20 students)
    • Introduction to methods of analyzing language structure

Teaching Assistant (UCSB)

  • LING 70: Language in Society 
  • LING 136: African American Language and Culture
  • LING 180: Language, Race, and Ethnicity
  • LING 187: Language, Power, and Learning (cross listed with Chicana/o Studies)
  • BLST 1: Introduction to African American Studies 
  • BLST 5: Blacks in Western Civilization

Teaching at other institutions

  • ANTH 104: Language and Culture (20-30 students)
    • Dual enrollment college course taught to senior high school students through the UCSB SKILLS program  (lead instructor)
  • ENGL 422: History of the English Language (< 10 students)
    • Upper division seminar course taught at Virginia Statue University as a visiting instructor

Pedagogy training, awards, and scholarly work

I’m currently earning the Certificate in College and University Teaching through UCSB’s Instructional Development program, which requires consultation with pedagogy specialists, working with faculty mentors, completing pedagogy workshops and courses, and creating a reflexive teaching portfolio.

I have been nominated for the UCSB Graduate Student Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award three times, and was an award winner for 2016-2017. Graduate student instructors are nominated for the award by students, faculty, or other members of the university community.

One of the central goals of the UC-HBCU/NSF REU Scholars in Linguistics Program is to increase the number of Black students enrolled in graduate linguistics programs and to provide linguistics training to Black students in related fields. This is a goal that requires structural changes in recruitment, teaching, and mentoring in Linguistics as a field. As part of this work toward structural change, I’ve shared my experiences teaching Black-centered introductory linguistics curricula as a model of the type pedagogical strategies instructors can use to make their courses more inclusive of Black students. The course is described in detail in “Attracting Black Undergraduate Students to Linguistics through a Black-Centered Introduction to Linguistics Course” (to appear in Language, 2021)

Teaching presentations

I presented about the Black-centered introductory linguistics course that I taught in the UCSB-HBCU Scholars in Linguistics Program at the annual meeting of the American Dialect Society (January 2020) and the Advancing African American Linguist(ic)s Symposium (August 2020)

I presented about my use of technology in teaching at the 2018 Graduate Student Teaching Symposium, hosted by UCSB’s Office of Instructional Development. The presentation, “Using Everyday Technology as Tools for Racially Inclusive Classrooms,” can be viewed here.

Presenting at the 2018 Graduate Student Teaching Symposium at UCSB