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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.
At The New School, NYC-I currently carry a 3.97 GPA pursuant to a Master's of Media Studies (Will graduate Dec. '11); my particular area of interest and specialization within the broad spectrum of communication studies is speech/rhetoric.
At Indiana University East
*Received A.A. with high distinction in June 2006
*B.A. with highest distinction, May 2008
*GPA: 3.9 (on a 4-point scale)
I am currently employed as a teaching assistant for media practices graduate courses--where I have received praise from students and faculty-- and where my services have been requested. I received no less than an "A" in courses of public speaking, speech composition, rhetorical analysis.
Regarding speech craft, I embrace the fundamentals of the Aristotelian tradition; however, I recognize and appreciate those modern nuances and flourishes with which many great speeches have been written and delivered. I have excelled in both scholarly and professional duties in which I practiced and demonstrated my skills in public speaking, rhetorical analysis and teaching in a higher education setting.I have received no less than an "A" in courses of public speaking, speech composition, rhetorical analysis. Finally, as both scholar and teacher of all forms of communication—I carry a particular passion for helping students discover the power and relevance of the spoken word and to the processes and tools necessary for its success.
Above and Beyond — Rebecca A. goes above and beyond in her tutoring. She gives homework and assistance outside of the actual session. She also takes interest in her students as people beyond mere academic learning. If ever asked about her abilities, I would say that she could be a trainer of tutors - she is that great at tutoring. ...
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