Here’s What I’m Doing

I currently teach as a Lecturer of Rhetoric and Composition at Santa Clara University and San José State University, both in Silicon Valley in Northern California—the epicenter of technological change. Given this unique local context, I incorporate digital rhetorical pedagogies into many of the course I teach—from first-year composition to advanced writing courses.

Engaging & Inspiring Students

I am a dynamic, engaging, and passionate college writing professor. In recent formal evaluations, students described my class in this way: “[Professor Coad] engages everyone, which is hard to do.” I am an active and engaging teacher with creative lessons that inspire students to reframe their (often negative) ideas about writing and critical thinking. Today’s post-COVID student has been raised on Zoom and needs a place where they can be their real, authentic self. My classroom provides a safe space where they can be themselves and learn to see themselves as writers!

Editing a Book about the Teaching of Writing

With my UC Berkeley colleague, Dr. Michal Reznizki, I am excited to be editing the forthcoming book Dynamic Activities for First-Year Composition: 96 Ways to Immerse, Inspire, and Captivate Students, which is expected to be published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in the 2022-2023 academic year. This book will be a collection of dynamic class activities aimed directly at the unique needs of first-year composition instructors and their students, and grounded in current FYC pedagogies. We are in love with the activities we have accepted for this project, and we can’t wait to share them with a broader audience upon publication!

12 Years as a College Educator

I’ve built this unique approach to teaching college English classes during the past 12 years of teaching experience. In that time, I have taught at community colleges, the state schools, small liberal arts colleges, and research institutions. I have learned to have compassion on students from a wide variety of backgrounds while helping them grow and achieve tremendous things from wherever they start.

Qualitative Research and Instructional Design

I have worked professionally as a researcher (as a PhD candidate at UC Davis) and instructional designer (at Bakersfield College). As a researcher, I used qualitative interview- and artifact-based case study research to understand how college professors integrated social media into their writing courses in ways that deeply supported their individual, institutional, and disciplinary learning goals.

In my instructional design position, I worked closely with professors to take build their courses from the foundation of their instructor and departmental learning objectives. Together, we designed the course to look and feel exciting to students, while chunking and formatting work to feel manageable. In this position, I worked closely with implementing California Community College Online Education Initiative (CCC OEI) standards. I also have experience as a social media coordinator and editor developing public-facing online content for the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative.