I have a lot of different experiences in instruction/tutelage in a higher-education setting, having served as teaching assistant in media studies for two years at my graduate institution (The New School for Media Studies), as well as both supplemental instructor (in political science) and tutor (in basic anatomy) at my undergraduate institution, Indiana University East. As a supplemental instructor--I received an evaluation finding of “excellent” from my students as well as from the professor with whom I worked, and as teaching assistant in grad school I received numerous letters of "thanks" and praise from my students as well as from my employer/professor--who actually requested my services.
In order to serve as supplemental instructor in the Indiana University system, I was required to complete intense training in an array of education and learning principles and tools, including the different ‘types’ of learning (kinesthetic, visual and auditory) and what specific teaching methodologies are best to facilitate each one as well as how to create (physically and psychologically) an environment conducive to motivation, learning and comprehension.
I believe my strengths are my ability to focus, love of learning and working with students. I possess a genuine reverence for—speech, rhetoric and a variety of media--especially film. One of my mentors—the head of the communications department at my undergrad school—led me to embrace the art of speech craft and how to utilize a critical eye in the Aristotelian tradition.
I have always been stirred and enthused by great speeches and orators such as Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Churchill—as well as by the words of such fictional characters as Harper Lee's Atticus Finch (1962) and Steinbeck's Tom Joad (1939).
On a more personal note, particularly influential or inspirational people or works include: Journalist Adela Rogers St. John—friend and employee of W.R. Hearst, and who covered everything from the Scopes Monkey Trial to the Patty Hearst Trial; critic and reporter Dorothy Kilgallen; film-makers Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Fritz Lang, Hitchcock; television writers Rod Serling, Paddy Chayefsky; writers and wits H.L. Mencken, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde and Robert Benchley.
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