Harry Potter & Religion (Spring 2017). Instructor. Department of Religious Studies, Duke University.
This course focuses on the reception of the Harry Potter book series among Christians. Fundamentalist religious groups have claimed that the Harry Potter books contained satanic messages, witchcraft, and praised for practices of the occult. By contrast, supporters of the books insist that the series of books convey Christian messages. By investigating the debate, “Harry Potter and Religion” examines the history of thought between what is understood as “magic” and “religion” and the (sometimes blurred) boundaries between religion and science and the place of technologies of enchantment in the performance of magic, religion, and science alike.
Public Relations Campaigns (Fall 2016). Instructor. Department of Communication, North Carolina State University.
Public Relations Campaigns is the capstone course for upper-level students in the Public Relations Concentration in the Department of Communication. Its purpose is to provide students an opportunity to apply their public relations and rhetorical knowledge to an actual PR challenge by working with a real client. The project provides the chance to students to prove to the department, prospective employers that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed as a PR professional.
International and Inter-cultural Communication (2014-2016). Instructor. Department of Communication, North Carolina State University.
The starting point of this course is to recognize the existence of different cultures, meanings, and, therefore, the necessity of bridging these differences in order to have a positive communication process. This course combines theoretical explorations of cross-cultural communication to enlarge the comprehension of the concepts of culture and identity in a globalized word and improve skills for communicating and working in domestic and international intercultural settings.
Visual Rhetoric (2015). Instructor. Department of Communication, North Carolina State University.
This course provided a big picture of the field known as “visual” and/or “material” rhetoric. It offers different studies, approaches, and even different definitions about how “visual rhetoric” should be understood and its scope. First of all, and most important, this course expands the very concept of “rhetoric” to more than verbal and textual communication to incorporate pictures (still and moving), artifacts, graphics, and spaces. Moreover, it expands the function of rhetoric for more than persuasion.
Case Studies in Public Relations (2014). Teaching Assistant. Department of Communication, North Carolina State University.
This class builds on Introduction to Public Relations by enabling you to examine real-world public relations case studies in depth, and use communication, media, and public relations theories in organizational problem solving. The course examines public relations planning, implementation of communication and action strategies and tactics, and evaluation of public relations programming. In addition, the course also involves discussion about management responsibilities of public relations and organizational leaders.
Network Theory (2009, 2010). Instructor. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais – Institute for Continuing Education (ICE).
New network technologies have meant meaningful changes among individuals, households, institutions, communities, societies, and the world in the past two decades. This course provides an understanding of new technologies, practices, meanings, and consequences of a networked society. We study the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of communication networks. A variety of theoretical and methodological approaches for studying networks will be explored and compared.