Title: Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English
Years at NSU: First year
Education: Ph.D. University of Florida
M.A. Bucknell University
B.A. Bucknell University
Job Description: I teach a variety of courses in the Department of Language and Communication, ranging from first-year writing, to upper level and graduate classes on film and literature. I view my job as helping students better understand the role of literature and film in shaping the world and their perceptions of it, enabling them to critically examine their own opinions and impulses in response to these cultural products, and making them think about their relationship to world history, current events and other cultures.
Why I like working at Northwestern State: I have found the rare position that allows me to teach all of the things I love: Film Studies, film and video production, and Southern literature. In my short time here, I have already met so many engaged and inquisitive students, from first-semester freshmen to last-semester graduate students. This fall I consulted on (and acted in) a student horror film project, and I look forward to hosting a student film festival and other events. I have the unique opportunity to shape the direction of our growing Film Studies concentration, and I am excited to offer our first creative video production class and co-teach a course on ethnographic and documentary filmmaking with our Provost, Dr. Lisa Abney in the fall 2014 semester.