I have been teaching undergraduate courses at the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University since 2015, both within the Digital Communication, Information, and Media minor and the Journalism and Media Studies major. The courses below are ones that I have taught three or more times, although I also have experience with other courses (full info in my CV). (Syllabi are available where the primary credit for creating it belongs to me).
Self and society in virtual contexts
This course explores identity and community on social media. By discussing how we present and perform our selves online the course encourages students to think critically about everyday digital habits and what impacts they might have, personally as well as socially. Throughout the semester we consider questions like:
How are interpersonal relationships and group interactions manifested in virtual environments? How are identity and selfhood expressed? What is the impact on communication when gender, race, and other physical attributes are self-selected and represented digitally? What are the implications for privacy and security? What does this mean for the workplace? What do '”human rights” mean in a virtual society and is citizenship changed with purely online interaction?
Students use Instagram to answer weekly prompts about course readings and lecture topics. As a final project the students study communities or movements formed around a hashtag of their choosing, which is then presented on a multimedia Tumblr blog.
introduction to media
A required course for the Journalism and Media Major at Rutgers, this course provides a broad introduction to the major mass media in the United States and their role in society and culture. I have co-taught this class multiple times with fellow PhD Candidate, Henry Boachi, and alone during the summer semester. On average, we have 250 students enrolled in the course.
Course Catalog Description: This is an introductory course designed to present modern mass media and communication theory to students for examination. Television, radio, film, newspapers, magazines and other prominent media have become the foci of society as we know it and, as such, are the concentration of the course. Daily, millions interact with these media for information (news and education) and entertainment. Each year telecommunication and print-related corporations spend billions of dollars keeping current with trends in public opinion and taste in an effort to attract ever-larger audiences. This course will explore the developmental, historical, socio-economic and political contexts, and ramifications of mass media as they relate to the American and global societies.
digital Communication, information, and media capstone
This course is the final requirement for completing the Digital Communication, Information, and Media Minor at Rutgers. Students build a website and work on a final digital project throughout the semester and my role as an instructor is to guide them through that process.
Course Catalog Description: The capstone course is designed to facilitate students' synthesis of what they have learned in the program, through a directed project. Students will first work together in class to identify and refine projects or areas of research to complete. Capstone project presentations will be captured digitally for feedback from the larger community. Capstone projects may be done individually or in pairs. Projects will contribute to the students' websites; a portion of this class will include preparation of a website of material from the minor.