Jennifer van Alstyne taught composition and literature in the English Department at University of Louisiana, a public regional research university. She has completed Online Teaching Certification through the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) with a concentration in Online Course Design.
- EN101: Intro to Academic Writing
- EN201: British Literature Survey I, online
* With the launch of The Academic Designer, LLC, Jennifer is not teaching the 2018-2019 academic year but is available for course design consultation and in-person to online course conversion.
“…one had to classify oneself as a scholar of a certain historical period in England or America…Yet I had seen that many of my teachers, though officially scholars of a given period, were internally something else. These were poetry people.”
– Helen Vendler
The Ocean, The Book, and the Scholar: Essays on Poets and Poetry (2015)
I am prepared to teach courses in creative writing, professional writing, British literature, and Postmodern/Contemporary American poetry. My primary area of interest is landscape and representations of nature in medieval poetry with a specialty in Arthurian Romance. My secondary area of interest is Contemporary American Poetry.
My online teaching certification through the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) has a concentration in Online Course design. I assisted on the online course redesign for British Literature I at University of Louisiana.
I am dedicated to bringing the insights and intersection of creative and critical attention to language to the undergraduate classroom, both through student writing, and through both synchronous and asynchronous discussion on a variety of texts and genres.
As a poet, I stress creative writing as an access point for learning how to construct academic papers when teaching English Composition. Skills for academic writing like selection of detail, concise and specific language, and scaffolding for a reader can be practiced through creative writing as a point of access to cultural conversation. Academic writing can benefit from attention to these skills at all levels.
Sample Syllabus: Composition I
- Sample Assignment
- Sample Student Work (password protected)
- Student Evaluations
Sample Syllabus: British Literature I