- 2017/9/12 - This fall semester I was asked to do a guest lecture on photography, specifically food photography, for the EN 455 Advanced Studies in Writing class.
Knowing of my regular involvement with photography related production environments, Dr. Lauren Cardon requested that I gave this guest lecture to teach her students some basics of serious photography: lighting, framing, editing and equipment. The EN 455 students are creating a world cuisines website with article entries on several culturally diverse foods, thus, given the digital nature of their project, having quality visuals paired with their writing production is of utmost importance to the project's success. Students completed 3 photographic tasks: one simple scenario, some bounce-lighting and filtering, and finally one where each student composed, framed, lit and photographed a scene with the ingredients and spices relevant to their choice of cuisine.
Below you can check out the presentation I prepared for the class:
- 2017/7/29 - At the beginning of this fall semester, the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility interviewed me on the service learning courses I teach. Where my previous UA Teaching Hub blog post was a brief description of our experiences with service learning, this article goes more in-depth about the work that my students and I do. You can read the full text here.
- 2017/7/10 - During the summer I was approached by the UA Teaching Hub to write this brief blog post about the service learning courses focused on Spanish grammar and writing that I have been teaching at UA’s Department of Modern Languages and Classics. In these SP 356 grammar courses, I implement service-learning components focusing on English to Spanish translation that can serve the Hispanic population in Tuscaloosa.
Over the past few semesters, we have partnered with Druid City Garden Project, Good Samaritan Clinic and Turning Point, but more partners will be added to that list in the future as this service initiative grows.
- 2017/4/3 - As a board member for the local nonprofit Sassafras and its Chair on the Environmental Committee, I helped organize the Sassafras Beer Festival: an event open to the public where all raised funds go towards our goals to improve the quality of life in Tuscaloosa. Among others, we also raised awareness for two of our biggest projects (among others): the creation of Sassafras Park and our grassroots effort promote the creation of more bike lanes in town through our Tuscaloosa Bikeability Assessment. Our local WVUA23 did a short piece on the event, which you can see below:
- 2016/12/15 - The following are just a few of the materials translated by my students this semester for several of our community partners, such as Druid City Garden Project, Good Samaritan Clinic and Turning Point. This effort is in accordance to The University of Alabama's interest in Service Learning initiatives. Please note, the materials showcased here are just a small portion of what we work on, as many of our projects are done under NDA or include copyrighted content.
- 2015/12/10 - Here's an excellent narrated presentation made by student Nicole Renshaw for one of my SP 366 Honors by Contract assignments: