I have experience building courses and programs that center linguistic and cultural diversity in technical communication, user-experience, and first-year composition. These experiences range from contributing to and leading writing program development at the University of Central Florida, Michigan State University, and The University of Texas at El Paso. Most recently, along with Co-PIs Ann Shivers-McNair and Kendall Leon, I'm collaborating on a cross-institutional study on the development of sustainable technical and professional writing programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions. We were awarded a 2018 Research Grant for this project from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC).
End-of-semester celebration for RWS 3359: Technical Writing at UTEP, Fall 2016
I have taught technical communication at both Michigan State University and at The University of Texas at El Paso, both face-to-face and online. In my technical communication courses, students are given the opportunity to practice the activities of ethical technical communication by partnering with a wide range of clients and community members. For example, my technical communication students have partnered with The Language Services Department at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, learning how technical communication is practiced in community settings for multilingual audiences. Through these partnerships, students learn how technical and scientific communication impacts the interactions and well being of marginalized communities. My goal as a teacher of technical communication is to help students understand the cultural and ideological implications embedded in all technologies.
In my 2017 Summer course on Social Justice and Technical Communication, students developed an art installation designed through research about the various ways in which the local communities of El Paso are (mis)represented in digital spaces. A write-up about this course was features on the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative.
In the Fall of 2014, students in WRA 202: Introduction to Professional Writing class partnered with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at MSU. CAMP supports students with migrant or seasonal farm working backgrounds, facilitating their transition into college. Students in WRA 202 worked with CAMP students to develop accessible documents and materials to assist CAMP students enroll for health insurance. Students in WRA 202 created posters, websites, and other digital resources that translate health-related information to their peers in the CAMP program. Through this project, WRA 202 students practiced working with and learning from their communities.
After graduating with my MA in Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida, I spent 3 years teaching and developing courses in the same department. During this time, I taught a total of 16 composition courses, focusing on teaching transferrable, rhetorically-situated conceptions of writing. As part of the the new department of Writing and Rhetoric at UCF, I participated in the initial development of a Writing and Rhetoric Major, developing courses in Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing with Technology. My composition teaching materials were selected to be included in a Program Profile of our department published in Composition Forum.
Multilingual Digital Writing Workshops
Based on responses from my book, I have been invited to facilitate workshops for writing teachers specifically focused on multilingual digital writing. I’ve created a preliminary set of assignments, activities, and tips for teaching multilingual digital writing, which you can access here.
This work is also based on a collaboration with Cristina Sánchez-Martín, Lavinia Hirsu, and Sara P. Alvarez, which we published in the June 2019 issue of Computers and Composition.