John Casey is a Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches courses in First Year Writing and Literature Surveys. Including his years as a Graduate Student Instructor, he has sixteen and a half years of teaching experience at the college level. He has served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and Assistant Director of First Year Writing. In both positions, he was involved in attempts to revise the departmental curriculum for undergraduates. He has presented papers on a wide variety of subjects that touch upon the teaching of writing and literature and currently serves as the Director of Anglophone/American Literatures for the Northeast Modern Language Association. His current research interests include the representation of veterans in popular culture and farming metaphors in early U.S. fiction.
The goal of the “Classroom Hacks” podcast is twofold: we are trying to provide an avenue for perspective and advice on teaching and we try to incorporate a little bit of lightheartedness and humor to help remind each other that we can relate to our interconnected, educational plight.
An assignment sequence where students explore the world of the arts, beginning with photography and increasing in writing involvement and critical scrutiny through the worlds of music and film before finally concluding in a work of literature. Through these various lenses, students examine both the status of these arts, what goes into evaluating them, and their relation to their campus, its history, and the world at large.