at University of Illinois at Chicago
Alex Luft is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago and in the department of Media, Music and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. His fiction has appeared in Yemassee, Midwestern Gothic, The Coachella Review and other literary magazines. He teaches classes in creative writing, literature, media studies, journalism and composition.
Office hours can feel long, laborious, and lonely when no one shows up, especially in the beginning of a semester. One way I've found to increase my students' use of office hours is to challenge them to meet with me.