Taking my students for coffee on the last day of class is one of my teaching traditions.

I’ve been an instructor in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State since 2014. In that time, I’ve taught basic news writing, multimedia storytelling, podcasting, and a course on content creators that I developed.

I’ve adapted several of my courses for online asynchronous instruction through the Penn State World Campus and love the process taking what I teach in the classroom available students around the world online.

Outside of Penn State, I taught a seminar on the creator economy for humanities Ph.D. students at the University of Chicago through the university’s PATHS program. This three-week course provided an opportunity to incorporate critical studies theory and media criticism into the analysis of the creator economy and prepare students to work for themselves if they are not able to obtain tenure-track positions.

Aside from the classes I teach, I’ve also guest lectured in classes on digital PR and news entrepreneurship, and visited political science classes across the country to talk about ballot measures and my podcast When the People Decide. I love seeing reactions from students when they’ve listened to work I’ve created, and I frequently use podcasts from others in my courses to spark discussion and encourage students to listen and learn wherever they are.