At the heart of my pedagogy is the notion of Universal Design , which simply put entails designing spaces and practices to be accessible to all students. As such, while I recommend that you register with Access, Disability Services and Resources and come discuss your accommodation letter from them with me as soon as possible, I am also committed to making our class as accessible as possible regardless of documentation. Thus, please feel free to come speak with me privately about any access issues you might encounter, but know that my preference is not to make individualized adjustments but rather to integrate access measures into the fabric of the entire class when possible.



As we will be engaging in a considerable amount of in-class work, and will be meeting only twice a week, your attendance is necessary in order to get the full experience of this class. Thus I expect you to be present and on time for every class meeting. Remember, your absence impacts not only your own experience but that of the rest of the class as well, as we will be deprived of your unique insights during your absence. Obviously, however, things that are out of our control do happen (from illness to personal emergencies) and thus I will allow you three unexcused absences, no questions asked, though I highly recommend you make every effort to be present in class. Further absences past those three will negatively impact your participation grade.


Class Conduct

Throughout the semester will be engaging with topics that various participants in our course might have strong and differing opinions about and thus it is imperative that everyone recognize and respect the value of each other’s opinions, whether or not you agree with them, especially for the purpose of having productive and conversations that challenge all of us to better articulate our views. Additionally, I will be providing you advance notice of all topics of discussion and readings/viewings ahead of time so you might best coordinate your participation on sensitive topics, and if you find yourself unable to discuss a particular topic, I am always happy to  explore with you alternative ways that you might contribute to our class discussion of such materials.


Late Work

All assignments must be turned in on time in order to receive full credit. If for any reason you are unable to do so, and you contact me 48 hours prior to the deadline, I will be willing to work out individual extensions on a case-by-case basis no questions asked or documentation required. Work that is merely turned in late will be marked down a full grade for each class period past the original deadline.


Electronic Devices

In this digital age, we have an enormous number of digital tools at our disposal and I would be remiss not to take advantage of such tools and your potential skills with them. Thus I am more than happy to have you use the computers in class during group projects or to use personal laptops to take notes, look up important information, read texts in electronic form, or collaborate on googledocs for group projects. However, I will be rather strict that these electronic tools can only be used for purposes relevant to class. That is, there will be no use of cell phones or social media in the classroom, unless it is directly related to an assignment and I have given explicit permission for its use. Violations of the penalty will result in severe effects to your participation grade. Ultimately, we have a rather limited amount together, so it is imperative that we take advantage of what time we have and be as “present” as possible with each other during it. You will have plenty of time to spend on Facebook, Twitter, and Buzzfeed before and after we meet.


Honor Code

Upon every individual who is a part of Emory University falls the responsibility for maintaining in the life of Emory a standard of unimpeachable honor in all academic work. The Honor Code of Emory College is based on the fundamental assumption that every loyal person of the University not only will conduct his or her own life according to the dictates of the highest honor, but will also refuse to tolerate in others action which would sully the good name of the institution. Academic misconduct is an offense generally defined as any action or inaction which is offensive to the integrity and honesty of the members of the academic community. The Honor Code, a list of offenses and the Honor Council process may be found here: http://college.emory.edu/home/academic/policy/honor_code.html




General Academic Resources:

a range of resources are available to Emory undergraduates designed to enrich each student’s educational experience. Visit http://college.emory.edu/advising for a list of support programs and appointment directions


Emory Counseling Services:

Free and confidential counseling services and support are available from the Emory Counseling Center (404) 727-7450. This can be an invaluable resource when stress makes your work more challenging than it needs to be. http://studenthealth.emory.edu/cs/


Access and Disability Resources

(Emory-mandated language): Students with medical/health conditions that might impact academic success should visit Access, Disability Services and Resources (ADSR, formerly the Office of Disability Services, ODS) to determine eligibility for appropriate accommodations. Students who receive accommodations must present the Accommodation Letter from ADSR to their professor at the beginning of the semester, or when the letter is received.


ESL Services

If you are a non-native English speaker there are a wide variety of resources available to help you including a dedicated office for ESL issues with a tutoring service and trained specialists. To find out m0re about those resources, please go to the following site: http://college.emory.edu/oue/student-support/esl-program/. Also, please feel free to come talk to me about such issues and/or any anxieties you might have regarding language proficiency, as I would be happy to work with in order to help you have a productive experience in our classroom.


Emory Writing Center

The Emory Writing Center offers 45-minute individual conferences to Emory College and Laney Graduate School students. Their discussion- and workshop-based approach enables writers of all levels to see their writing with fresh eyes and to practice a variety of strategies for writing, revising, and editing. The EWC is a great place to bring any project—from traditional papers to websites—at any stage in your composing process. EWC tutors can talk with you about your purpose, organization, audience, design choices, or use of sources. They can also work with you on sentence-level concerns (including grammar and word choice), but they won’t proofread for you. Instead, they’ll discuss strategies and resources you can use to become a better editor of your own work. For more information about the EWC, or to make an appointment, visit writingcenter.emory.edu.