May 29, 2019

Somewhere around two-thirds of the way through the semester, I start falling behind. Even when I’ve taught courses many times, I finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with my teaching... read more about Letting Go: Less Is More in Student Writing Assessment »

Boy Screaming into Microphone
May 24, 2019

A feminist, a psychoanalyst, and a young conservative meet on a nineteenth-century Russian train. They carry steaming mugs of tea balanced between gloved hands, and chatter animatedly as the train... read more about The Tragedy of the Commons: Dramas of the In-Class Oral Presentation »

May 24, 2019

Each spring, I teach a course called Intensive Elementary French, which has become one of my favorite courses both for the students it allows me to interact with and the pedagogical puzzles it... read more about Everyone's a Critic: Genre-based Writing for Beginning French Students »

May 21, 2019

How does technology change how we read and what stories we tell one another? And how does digital technology in particular influence narratives in contemporary culture? These two questions have... read more about Building Rhetoric(s) of Narrative in the First-Year Writing Classroom »

June 14, 2018

It is fifteen minutes to showtime. My co-producer, Alex, and I look out on the audience and see a few handfuls of people scattered across a sea of empty chairs. We turn to each other and... read more about Hear at Duke »

June 14, 2018

When I arrived at Duke, my first semester of graduate school was plagued by doubt. Am I qualified for this? Is this what I want? And what’s the point of all this anyway? A major factor contributing... read more about Not Everything Works for Everyone »

Surprising Balloons
June 6, 2018

There are a host of reasons why grading can be grating: it is time consuming in a job that already demands more work than we like to acknowledge; the quality of student writing varies drastically and... read more about Reading What Isn't There »

June 5, 2018

My biggest take-away from participating this past year in the LAMP program is that, while I’ve taught at Duke  35 years, I’m still grappling with the basics of good course design!  In my case,... read more about Making Choices and Taking Risks in Designing a Seminar »