Hello! I am a writer, teacher, and PhD student in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota. I serve as a Graduate Instructor in my department’s undergraduate writing program, where I teach a variety of rhetoric and writing intensive courses; and I serve as a Teaching Fellow and Scholar with the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, where I teach a specially designed social media course for adult-returning and retired students.
I’ve served on many curriculum committees, and I have developed several courses both alone and with colleagues. I enjoy thinking about pedagogy and practical teaching methodologies. I am especially interested in how to integrate or liberate writing courses from contemporary technologies.
This space is my teaching portfolio. You will find collected materials I have developed, revised, and located for use in the variety of rhetoric and writing courses I teach. I am continually developing and reconsidering the ways in which I interact with and teach my students.
I often write about teaching, and my work regularly appears in local and national media, including USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Minnesota Daily, Paleofuture Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation, and other publications. I frequently write about society, technology, culture, and higher education issues.
If you have any questions or thoughts about what you find in this portfolio, please do not hesitate to contact me.
–Trent M Kays