Teaching

I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Media & Rhetoric in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. Previously, I was tenure-track in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

I have been an Instructor in the Faculty of Translation, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies (site in German) at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany. I have delivered talks and guest lectures at institutions in five countries and two languages.

Covering the studies of media, narrativity, communication, and culture, my interdisciplinary teaching experience has developed my pedagogical skills to be flexible enough to complement different areas, levels, and methods of study. I offer particular expertise in two areas: interactive and tool-based approaches (as part of digital culture); and skill-building methods in writing. Both are shaped to complement the unique needs of my students.

Thinking about education in a digital era in particular, I draw upon the “comparative media” framework that is proposed by N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman in 2013’s Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. My pedagogical strategy builds on this framework’s medium-specific sensitivity to reading, writing, and rhetorical methods.

My attention to the unique needs of students has been sharpened by past experience as a teacher and tutor of recently immigrated Chinese high school students in Canada. Instructing in both English and Cantonese, I designed group and one-on-one curricula in the fields of English literature, and critical reading and writing skills (for the latter, in preparation for the TOEFL, or, Test of English as a Foreign Language).

A former student states that discussions in my classes “have at times been so intense and intriguing that the hour has gone by in a flash! You never want it to end, and I will miss it very much.”