Teaching

Edmond Y. Chang is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon (UO).  Prior to UO, he was an Assistant Professor of English at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  He teaches courses in 20/21C American literature, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, media studies, video game studies, and popular culture.

He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington (UW) in 2012.  He has extensive teaching experience at the university level and has received the 2009 UW Excellence in Teaching Award and recently the AAC&U’s 2011 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.  Over the years, he has also served as a mentor to and resource for students and fellow instructors alike.

Currently at the University of Oregon, he teaches courses for the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) major, minor, and Queer Studies minor.  His classes are also often cross-listed in English, Media Studies, and Ethnic Studies.  His classes include WGS 199: Welcome to the Whedonverse: Feminism, Fandom, and Popular Culture, WGS 352: Queer(ing) American Literature, WGS 361: #GamerGate to #INeed DiverseGames: Gender, Race, and Queerness in Virtual Worlds & Video Games, WGS 201: Introduction to Queer Studies, and WGS 422/522: Advanced Queer Theory and Cultural Studies.  He is currently the faculty advisor for the LGBTQIA+ Scholars Academic Residence Community.

At Drew, he has taught general education courses like AMST 101: American Popular Culture and ENGL 110: Introduction to Media Studies.  He has developed new courses for the Department of English including ENGL 204: Virtual Worlds & Video Games and ENGL 325: Introduction to Digital Humanities.  Other courses include African American science fiction, queering American Literature, and children’s literature.  In the summer of 2014, he also taught for the Summer College program at Drew, which invites rising juniors and seniors from local high schools in Newark, NJ and Harlem in New York City.  He was the faculty advisor for the Drew Organization of Gaming and the Drew Acorn student newspaper.

While at UW, he taught for the Comparative History of Ideas department, creating a class CHID 480/250 on technology and identity and a number of CHID 496 Focus Groups, two-credit discussion and exploration classes, on live-action role-playing games, the video game Bioshock, and on tabletop role-playing games.  As an acting instructor for English at UW, he taught upper-level courses like ENGL 466: Introduction to LGBT Studies and ENGL 307: Critical Approaches to Tolkien: Cultural Studies and Fantasy.  Over his eight years at UW, he has taught a number of composition classes including ENGL 131, with emphases on diversity and multiculturalism, ENGL 111: Composition with Literature, 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 (a bridge course for incoming first year students 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.  He has taught 200-Level English classes including ENGL 200: Reading Literature, ENGL 242: Reading Fiction, and ENGL 207: Introduction to Cultural Studies.

Prior to UW, he taught English 101: Introduction to Academic Writing at the University of Maryland (UMD) for a total of eight years while he worked on his Master’s in English.  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).


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