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Alisha knight Associate Professor of English and American Studies

CURRENTLY READING: Issa Rae’s The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

What gives you the greatest satisfaction about teaching at WC? My greatest satisfaction is having the autonomy and flexibility to customize courses to meet my students’ individual needs. I combine my expertise in teaching writing, literature, and culture to help students become more aware and engaged in society. What is your favorite class to teach, and why? Naming a favorite class is like picking a favorite child. All of them are my favorite, albeit for different reasons. I recently taught an interdisciplinary course where students learned how to read African American literature to the tunes of different musical genres, including the blues, jazz, and rap. I enjoyed watching my students discover they could think and write critically about contemporary culture and still have a good time. Describe your approach to teaching. I approach teaching as an opportunity to do “consciousness-raising work.” Sometimes this is quite visible, like when students in my Black Men course gave their final presentations off campus at Sumner Hall, engaging in meaningful discussions about pervasive stereotypes in our culture. Introduction to Fiction is more subtle, using only stories that deal with some form of social difference (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, ability, sexuality, religious, etc.). The exchanges I have with students in class are designed to help them analyze literature and also be more aware of how they deal with difference themselves.

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