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     Instructor: Edmond Chang
     Office: B-33 Padelford
     E-mail: changed @

     Thursdays 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM or by appointment

     ENGL 242 Section B Spring Quarter 2011
     MTWTh 9:30-10:20 AM (DEN 209)

Edmond Chang is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Washington. His main areas of interest are technoculture, digital studies, cultural studies, queer & gender studies, film, visual rhetoric, literary nonfiction, composition, myth, role-playing games, and popular culture. He is currently working on his dissertation entitled "Technoqueer: Re/Con/Figuring Posthuman Subjectivity and Embodiment."

He has extensive teaching experience at the university level and has recently won the UW Excellence in Teaching Award for 2009 and the 2011 AAC&U's K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. He is committed to creativity and critical thinking, interdisciplinarity, diversity, teaching as everyday activism, and using media, technology, and popular culture in the classroom. He is a 2010-11 HASTAC Scholar and a member of UW's Critical Gaming Project.

At UW, he has taught a number of composition classes including ENGL 131, with emphases on diversity and multiculturalism, ENGL 111, with sections on cyberpunk fiction, everyday media, and Harry Potter, and ENGL 281, an intermediate comp class in the form of a writers boot camp. He has taught and shaped the curriculum of ENGL 108: Writing Ready (formerly called GIS 140) for UW's Early Fall Start program, including tutoring and teaching for a similar program called Summer LEAP for incoming freshmen student athletes. More recently, he has taught 200-Level English classes including ENGL 200: Reading Literature: "Literatures of the Fantastic," ENGL 242: Reading Fiction: "Literature as Worldmaking" and "Not Your Average High School Novel Class," and ENGL 207: Introduction to Cultural Studies: "Virtual Worlds & Video Games." He has also led CHID 496 Focus Groups, two-credit discussion and exploration classes, on tabletop role-playing games, live-action role-playing games, and the video game Bioshock.

Prior to coming to UW, he taught English 101: Introduction to Academic Writing at the University of Maryland for a total of eight years while he worked on his Master's in English. In total, Ed Chang has taught thirty sections of English 101. In addition to the standard ENGL101 class, he has taught sections for the Honors program, for the First Year Focus program, and for the College Park Scholars program. He has also taught sections of ENGL 101X for English as a second-language students. He received consistent and excellent evaluations from students, peers, and supervisors. While at UMD, he also served as a graduate academic advisor for the Division of Letters and Sciences, which serves freshmen and sophomores who are undecided or applying to a limited enrollment major. Furthermore, he taught UNIV100: The Student and the University, a transition course for incoming freshmen, for Division of Letters and Sciences. In the summer of 2005, he taught a three-week, intensive ENGL101 preparatory course for the Scholastic Transitions Educational Program (STEP).

In addition to teaching, Ed Chang is also committed to student affairs and student advocacy. While at Maryland, he served a year as faculty advisor to the P.G. County Community College student literary magazine Reflections. He also served a year as facilitator for University of Maryland's Safe Space, a peer support group for LGBT students. He also worked as a member and panelist for UMCP’s Speakers Bureau program and the Rainbow Terrapin Network. Currently, at UW, he is an officer in the English Graduate Student Organization (GSO), an officer and member of the Critical Gaming Project, an organizer for the Queer + Public + Performance working group, a 2009-2010 HASTAC Scholar, and he is a current presenter and trainer for the Q Center's Safe Zone program.

Ed Chang has written and self-published a book of poetry, Lost One Found One, and two role-playing games Tellings and Archaea: Live-Action Role-Playing and Wargaming. He is a five-time participant and "winner" of National Novel Writing Month. He is also a freelance writer and desktop publisher.

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