My teaching philosophy emphasizes leading students to apply the theoretical concepts they learn in the classroom through hands on learning. Students need a foundation in theories while connecting them to applications that they can readily apply in their careers, which I have found to be a successful approach. To do this, I often incorporate service and experiential learning, where students apply the theoretical knowledge they gain through working with an organizational partner, which also encourages them to engage with their local community.
In graduate education, my goal is to provide students with the theoretical and methodological rigor students need to become independent scholars. In mentoring graduate students, I believe that this is a process that requires engagement through which students should gain experience in the research process. Students who work with me will gain experience working directly with me on a current research process and receive mentorship from me on writing and methods to in turn develop their intellectual prowess as a scholar.
At The University of Alabama, I teach courses such as a doctoral seminar in Health Communication, graduate courses such as Communication Theory, and undergraduate courses including Media Effects and News Design and Data Visualization. Most recently, I taught a course in Video Games and the Media, where students developed game prototypes in teams and learned from guest speakers from Riot Games, Firaxis, Dadako Studios, independent game developers, and others.
I also teach graduate classes and conduct independent studies with students. In Health Communication, students are introduced to seminal research in the field, the theory and practice of health communication, and current research practices. They develop papers suitable for submission as a national conference presentation. I have likewise conducted independent studies in Health Journalism, Advanced Digital Media, and portfolio construction with undergraduate and graduate students.