Courses I have taught
Below are courses I have taught at the University level for various institutions as noted. Course numbers and descriptions are included.
Ancient Language Courses
- HBRW 111, 112, 113—Biblical Hebrew I, II, III, Instructor Pro Temp | University of Oregon 2017 - 2018
- This course is a three-part sequence in Biblical Hebrew. The year-long Biblical Hebrew sequence is designed to teach students the necessary fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew grammar, vocabulary, and syntax in order to facilitate reading of the Hebrew Bible (in Hebrew). Throughout the year, emphasis will be placed on learning the particulars of Biblical Hebrew grammar and the ability to read Biblical Hebrew text aloud. Although this course does not focus on conversational Hebrew, reading classical Hebrew texts contributes to a foundational understanding of the modern language and the culture. Year-end goals include the following: students are to be able to read a simple pointed Hebrew text aloud, to be able to parse almost all words, and even to translate at-sight. In addition, we will attempt to finish the grammar book and will have acquired basic strategies for translation. Textbooks: BHS, BDB, Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar by Page Kelley
- HEB 301—Classical Hebrew for Beginners, Adjunct Professor | Northwest Christian University 2016
- The Hebrew Bible carries significant authority for many modern religious movements. Study of the Hebrew language allows for direct access to reading and understanding the most ancient texts available to us from the Hebrew Bible corpus. While the Hebrew Bible has been translated into many modern languages, and many English translations exist, the only way to gain direct access to appreciation, interpretation and meaning of these texts is to study the language directly. Textbooks: BHS, BDB, Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Pratico & Van Pelt
Textbook: A Grammar of Akkadian by John Huehnergard
Religous Study Courses
- UBBL100 — Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus-Deuteronomy, Adjunct Professor | Azusa Pacific University 2012 - 2017
- This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students learn to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students learn to interpret individual texts within each book. Students study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.
- BTH345—Old Testament Wisdom & Ethics, Adjunct Professor | Northwest Christian University 2016
- The Hebrew Bible wisdom literature carries significant authority for many modern religious movements Reading instructional and wisdom texts through an ethical lens provides us with insight into ancient societal values and how these values were lived out among a people who sought to honor their God. This course provides a venue for reflection on the ancient texts, their instructional values and what virtues might remain to confront our lives today.
- BTH300—The Prophets, Adjunct Professor | Northwest Christian University 2016
- The Hebrew Bible Prophets carry significant authority for many modern religious movements. Studying the prophets help us understand the social political and social economic status of the ancient Israelites. They also give us insight into the ethical values and societal roles across tribal and kingdom social structures. Most importantly, the Prophets provide insight into the character of the Hebrew God and the nature of the Hebrew God’s interaction with the ancient Israelites and others in the ancient Near East.
- Bi101 — Introduction to Pentateuch, Adjunct Professor | Life Pacific College 2013 - 2015
- A study of the first five books of the Old Testament. This course focuses on the Pentateuch’s literary and structural nature, its historical and cultural settings, and its content and theology. Special attention is given to understanding the God of Israel, creation, humanity, Israel, salvation, covenant, and law. The course will also examine various theories of the Pentateuch’s origin and development.
- So131 — Cultures of Ancient Civilizations, Adjunct Professor | Life Pacific College 2011 - 2015
- This course analyzes the cultures of the Ancient Near East from c. 3000 BC up to and including the Greco-Roman period. Included in the course is a study of the social structure, religion, philosophy, art, economics, law, and politics of the various cultures. Special attention is given to the integration of this cultural understanding with the biblical text.
- OT507/517 — Psalms Exegesis, Teaching Assistant to Dr. John Goldingay | Fuller Theology Seminary 2010 - 2012
- By the end of the course students should have 1) gained insight into a range of approaches to the study of the Psalms that can enable the Psalms to illumine and develop our relationship with God as the church and as individuals; and 2) discovered the value of studying the Psalms in Hebrew and been inspired to continue using Hebrew in the study of the Old Testament.
- OT501 — Pentateuch, Teaching Assistant to Dr. John Goldingay | Fuller Theology Seminary 2010 - 2012
- The course studies the origin and historical value of Genesis to Deuteronomy; the different blocks of “law” and the principles they embody; the books as a narrative with a plot, characters, and themes; and their significance for Christian faith, life, and ministry.
- OT502 — Hebrew Prophets, Teaching Assistant to Dr. John Goldingay | Fuller Theology Seminary 2010 - 2011
- The course studies the contents of the Former Prophets (Joshua to Kings except Ruth) and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah to Malachi except Lamentations and Daniel), their possible historical backgrounds, different approaches to their interpretation, and their significance for us today.
- OT500 — The Writings as an Introduction to the Old Testament, Teaching Assistant to Dr. John Goldingay | Fuller Theology Seminary 2010
- The course introduces study of the Old Testament as the Word of God, a work of literature, a work emerging out of Israel's history, and a work that needs to be studied critically to grasp its significance. It focuses on the third section of the Jewish canon, the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, the Scrolls (Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther), Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.
- Pauline Theology & The Corinthians, Instructor | Arizona Bible Institute 2007
- This course examines First & Second Corinthians from an exegetical and topical standpoint as they present early doctrinal and life application issues of the New Testament church. There will be an integration of historical and contemporary perspectives. This is an exegetical study of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth, taking into consideration cultural context and literary context. The study focuses on the historical background of the letters and on the application of their content to believers then and now.
Writing & COmmunication Courses
- ENGL220C — Researched Writing, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University 2014 - 2018
- Interpretive and analytic writing, including several problem-solving research based papers investigating topics related to class themes. The course emphasizes writing, revising and editing, reading, analytical skills, and computer technology (word processing, Internet research) and reinforces those skills learned in ENGL 120C.
- ENGL115 — Foundations of Writing I & II, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University School for Professional Studies 2013 - 2016
- The object of this course is to create a greater competency in writing college-level papers. Students will gain this competency by writing papers—both in class and out of class—and by drafting, editing, revising, research, and reading. Most of the papers will be more formal (especially the final research paper); some will be informal. In this class, students will learn that words can be used in ways that compel, persuade, and inform. The difference between merely being a grammatically correct, adequate writer and an eloquent, excellent writer is in the ability to string those words together effectively and correctly. The textbook contains a grammar handbook and an MLA instruction guide. Students should familiarize themselves with the text; it will be a valuable tool to aid students in every facet of writing a successful, well-constructed paper. The instructor will also probe the assigned writings and hone critical thinking skills to construct the arguments that will serve as a basis for the student‘s papers.
- BUOM377 — Business Writing, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University School for Professional Studies 2009 - 2015
- Business Writing is a five-week module designed to teach students how to write and present strategically organized, grammatically correct, persuasive business communications as well as prepare them for collegiate writing assignments. Through this course, students will be expected to utilize resources in order to develop a clear thesis statement and present it in a well-developed essay, conforming to academic and business professional standards. Students will develop an understanding of persuasive communication in writing for business and academic programs. Students will write well-developed, strategically organized business communications in prose that is clear, concise, grammatically correct and useful for its intended audience. Students will learn to write in conformity with academic and professional conventions, especially with regard to inclusive, unbiased language that is sensitive to a diverse audience. Students will learn to use the library and information resources to research efficiently and report findings in an appropriate manner, according to APA guidelines for academic conventions and business standards.
- ENGL120C — Persuasive Writing, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University 2013 - 2014
- Students will write to discover, develop, and articulate their ideas clearly; students will practice close readings of selected works in order to find out how the works are constructed; students will analyze purpose and audience in order to respond thoughtfully and appropriately for various genres; students will gain experience in giving/receiving feedback as they critically analyze their own writing and the writing of others in workshops; students will collect data from primary and secondary sources, learn how to use it appropriately, and learn how to document it accurately using the appropriate disciplinary format.
- BUSN108—Oral Business Communication, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University 2013 - 2014
- This course is designed to introduce the student to communication concepts, theories, and skills which people use in professional settings. Topics include informative and persuasive presentations — individually and as a group, leading and participating in meetings, business terminology, etc. The course is practical in nature, as such, students will spend time developing their oral competence through hands-on exercises, presentations, and case studies. Methods for organizing ideas, analyzing data, formatting information, understanding audience needs, and developing a professional communication style are covered.
- Co101 — English Composition & Grammar, Adjunct Professor | Life Pacific College, 2011 - 2014
- English Composition and Grammar emphasizes a variety of genre formats, grammar, and the mechanics of good writing with an aim at building confident, competent writers with strong analysis skills and creativity. Students learn to write for a variety of situations, purposes, and audiences. Technical support of web-based research and assistance with MLA formatting in Microsoft Word is provided.
- ENGL115 — Persuasive Writing, Adjunct Professor | Vanguard University School for Professional Studies 2009
- Persuasive Writing treats exposition and argument at the college level. The course emphasizes writing, revising and editing, reading, research skills, and mechanics. The object of this course is to create a greater competency in writing college-level papers. Students will gain this competency by writing papers—both in class and out of class—and by drafting, editing, revising, research, and reading. Some of the papers will be more formal (especially the final research paper); some will be informal. In this class, students will learn that words can be used in ways that compel, persuade, and inform. The difference between merely being a grammatically correct, adequate writer and an eloquent, excellent writer is in the ability to string those words together effectively and correctly. The textbook contains a grammar handbook and an MLA instruction guide. Students should familiarize themselves with the text; it will be a valuable tool to aid students in every facet of writing a successful, well-constructed paper. The instructor will also probe the assigned writings and hone critical thinking skills to construct the arguments that will serve as a basis for the student’s papers.