Teaching Statement

Over the last decade I have worked within a variety of teaching environments in Montreal including college, undergraduate and graduate programs in cinema, fine arts and the humanities. Guided by my interdisciplinary training I have learned to move deftly between audiences from differing levels and fields, as well as diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to adapt quickly to new and shifting teaching situations. These skills have come to inform my pedagogical philosophy in which I take student-centered approach to fostering critical media literacy no matter what the specific topic or context of instruction. My aim is to create productive dialogue between course materials and the diverse experiences that students bring to the table. As such I take an ecological view of my teaching, hoping to make students aware of how attentiveness to the environments in which they live can help inform their critical thinking in any field, encouraging a self-reflective understanding of our position in relation to what is studied.  Here I take some cues from the field of acoustic ecology, founded upon the desire to teach people to experience the world differently through an interdisciplinary approach to environmental listening and acoustic design.  And from the exponentially growing networks of sound studies, the main challenge of which is, according to Jonathan Sterne, “to think across sounds, to consider sonic phenomena in relation to one another,” crossing disciplinary boundary lines to engage with “alternative epistemologies, methods [and] approaches,” and ultimately to “move beyond the academy to try and effect change in the world” (The Sound Studies Reader, 2012, pp. 3-4). This is a call to interdisciplinary action in research and pedagogy alike with an emphasis on “positionality” (4). In this spirit I infuse my teaching with an ecological approach that fosters awareness of the social and geographical environments through which we relate to our objects of study.  In this spirit I embrace interdisciplinary dialogue within my teaching practices through which I strive to find the right harmonic relationships to set course materials resonating with the quotidian experiences of my students.

Teaching Fall 2017 (Ryerson University)

Intro to Film Studies

From Page to Screen

Canadian Cinema

Past Courses

Champlain College St-Lambert

345-101: Theories of Knowledge (IB Program)
345-101: Knowledge and Media
345-101: Ancient World Knowledge
345-102: World Views: Green Living
345-BMB: Ethics for Social Science

Concordia University – Graduate

FMST 605/805: Topic in English Canadian Cinema: Finding Vancouver on Film

  • Combined M.A./Ph.D. seminar
  • Fall 2011 (18 students)

Concordia University – Undergraduate

FMST 330: Film Sound

  • Newly added to the regular Film Studies roster (previously offered as a special topics course)
  • Fall 2015 (58 students)

FMST 398a: Special Topic in Film Studies: Expanded Cinema

  • Brand new course of my own design
  • Fall 2015 (44 students)

FMST 212: Film Aesthetics

  • Core course in the Major in Film Studies
  • Summer 2006-08 (2008 co-taught with Jodi Ramer) (45-60 students)

FMST 398k: Special Topic in Film Studies: Sound in Film

  • Special topics course of my own design
  • Fall 2002; Fall 2005; Winter 2012 (55-65 students)

FMST 321: Studies in Film Directors

  • Core course in the Major in Film Studies
  • Fall/Winter 2005/06 (co-taught with Brian Crane, 80 students); Fall/Winter 2011/12 (2 sections, 60 students each)

LaSalle College (Pre-University Diploma Programs)

504-KPA-03: Cinema, The 7th Art

  • Elective in General Education
  • Fall and/or Winter, 2006-2011 (1-2 sections, 15-30 students each)

345-101-MQ: Knowledge

  • Core course in Humanities
  • Fall 2010 (2 sections, 25 students each)

345-102-MQ: World Views

  • Core course in Humanities
  • Winter 2011 (25 students)

360-ML3-AS: Culture and the Media

  • Core course in Social Sciences
  • Winter 2011 (20 students)

Teaching Assistance

Concordia University

FMAN 398d: Sound for Animation (Prof. Rosemary Mountain)

  • Core theory and production course for the Major in Film Animation
  • Lecturing, project supervision, and grading
  • Fall 2008

FFAR 250: The Visual and Performing Arts in Canada (Robert Gifford)

  • Core course for all undergraduate Fine Arts majors
  • Grading and tutorial instruction
  • Fall/Winter 2001-04; Summer 2004; Fall/Winter 2006-08 (2-4 sections, 25-30 students)

FFAR 398w:Theatre of the Senses (Prof. R. Murray Schafer)

  • Special interdisciplinary production course with visiting professor
  • Production supervision and grading
  • Fall 2005 (50 students)

FMST 200: Introduction to Film Studies (Dr. Dave Douglas)

  • Pre-requisite for Film Studies majors
  • Lecturing and grading
  • Fall/Winter 2001/02 (150 students)