Teaching

This page is about the courses I teach and have taught. For students I have supervised, see Supervision.
For a list of courses I have taught (both thematically and by date), see my CV or below.

 

Areas

I have taught in the following areas:

▪phonetics and phonology at all levels, including diachronic phonology

▪morphology (graduate)

▪field methods (graduate)

▪professional development (graduate)

▪undergraduate introductory courses (100- and 200- level)

 

Undergraduate Teaching Philosophy

At the undergraduate level my aims are to teach both analytical reasoning skills and linguistic content. In my lower undergraduate courses the emphasis is on transferrable analytical reasoning skills, with the balance shifting towards linguistic content in higher-level courses.

 

For small courses, I prefer a Socratic teaching style with a great deal of small-group work. I prefer continuous assessment throughout the semester; I rarely give final exams. In higher-level undergraduate level I expect students to be able to take responsibility for all aspects of assignments - i.e. I do not provide step-by-step instructions.

 

I have also taught large courses, and established the new 'jumbo' Linguistics 201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory.

 

Graduate Teaching Philosophy

I believe that to understand phonology we must also understand how it interfaces with other modules. I also encourage graduate students to learn programming languages as I believe few effective advances can be made in phonological theory now without the systematicity of software-based analysis, if done correctly. You can read more about my work on phonological methodology here and my programming here.

 


Courses

G = graduate; U=Undergraduate; -C = at Cambridge University, otherwise at Rutgers University

 

 

Semester

Level

Course

Title

2016 Fall

U

315*

Phonology (with Prof Akinlabi)

2016 Fall

U

451

Phonetics

2016 Spring

U

491

Linguistics Practicum

2016 Spring

U

451

Phonetics

2015 Fall

U

315

Phonology

2015 Fall

U

451

Phonetics

2015 Fall

G

520

Phonology 1

2015 Spring

U

451

Phonetics

2015 Spring

G

521

Phonology II

2014 Fall

U

491

Linguistics Practicum

2014 Fall

G

522

Phonology III

2014 Spring

U

491

Linguistics Practicum

2014 Spring

G

521

Phonology II (co-taught with Alan Prince)

2013 Fall

Sabbatical Leave

2013 Spring

G

691

Qualifying Paper Workshop (QPW)

2013 Spring

G

521

Phonology II (co-taught with Alan Prince)

2013 Spring

G

525

Seminar in Phonology (co-taught with Alan Prince)

2012 Fall

G

522

Phonology III

2012 Spring

G

525

Seminar in Phonology

2012 Spring

G

521

Phonology II (guest lectures)

2012 Spring

U

491

Practicum

2011 Fall

U

315

Phonology

2011 Spring

U

201-J

Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Jumbo)

2010 Fall

U

201-J

Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Jumbo)

2010 Spring

Sabbatical Leave

2009 Fall

U

471

Special Topics in Linguistics

2009 Fall

U

101-J

Introduction to the study of language (Jumbo)

2009 Spring

U

201-HA

Introduction to Linguistics (Honors)

2009 Spring

U

185:411

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I: Phonology and Phonetics

2008 Fall

G

520

Phonology 1

2008 Fall

U

101-J

Introduction to the study of language (Jumbo)

2008 Spring

U

201-HA

Introduction to Linguistics (Honors)

2008 Spring

G

521

Phonology II

2007 Fall

U

451

Phonetics

2007 Fall

G

524

Topics in Phonology

2007 Spring

U

201-HA

Introduction to Linguistics (Honors)

2007 Spring

G

525

Seminar in Phonology (‘Markedness’)

2006 Fall

Sabbatical Leave

2006 Spring

G

521

Phonology II

2006 Spring

G

691

Qualifying Paper Workshop

2005 Fall

U

315

Phonology

2005 Fall

U

451

Phonetics

2005 Fall

G

690

Qualifying Paper Workshop

2005 Spring

U

201

Introduction to Linguistics

2005 Spring

G

525

Seminar in Phonology (‘Morpho-phonology’)

2004 Fall

Teaching release

 

· University of Cambridge (UK)

Semester

Level

Course

Title

2004 Lent

U

Li7*

Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Phon/Morph)

2004 Lent

U

Li1**

Introduction to Linguistics (Phon/Morph)

2004 Lent

U

Li6

Phonology and Morphology

2003 Mich

U

Li6

Phonology and Morphology

2003 Mich

U

Li7*

Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Phon/Morph)

2003 Lent

U

Li1**

Introduction to Linguistics (Phon/Morph)

2003 Lent

U

Li8*

Structure of English (Phon/Morph)

2003 Lent

G

 

Seminar in Phonological Theory

2003 Lent

G

 

Field Methods

2002 Mich

G

 

Advanced Phonology

2002 Mich

G

 

Advanced Morphology

* Taught 50% of the course
** Taught 25% of the course

 

· University of Massachusetts Amherst

Semester

Level

Course

Title

2001 Fall

U

409

Formal foundations of Linguistic Theory*

2001 Spring

U

201

Introduction to Linguistic Theory

2000 Fall

U

201

Introduction to Linguistic Theory

2000 Spring

U

201

Introduction to Linguistic Theory

1999 Summer

U

201

Introduction to Linguistic Theory

* Teaching Assistant; for all other courses I had full responsibility.