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Teaching Overview

In the classroom, I encourage students to be energized by the diversity of opinions around them, take intellectual risks, and hone their critical thinking skills. I operate from the belief that the classroom experience should be a collaborative, dynamic learning community where ideas and concepts are respectfully explored and all students are heard and treated with dignity. Below you will find more information about the courses I teach. I've also included information about my participation as a mentor in the Dean's First-Year Research and Creative Scholars (DFRACS) program. 

My teaching motto is "Learning is FUN!"

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Classes in the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Comm

JOUR 4259 - Strategic Communication Case Analysis - View Syllabus

JOUR 1918: Brand Advocacy & Activism View Syllabus

JOUR 4244 - Crisis Communication - View Syllabus

Classes in the University Honors Program

HSEM 2043: Finding the Corporate Soul

HSEM: CSR in Minnesota Mining

HCOL 3102: Honors Thesis

What My Students Say

"Amy was one of the kindest, smartest, and most passionate professors I have had in my entire college experience. I could sum my experience up with her as 'someone that cares about learning and is passionate about teaching.'"

Fall 2020, JOUR 4259, Strategic Communication Case Analysis


Mentoring Dean's First-Year Research And Creative Scholar (DFRACS) students has been a highlight of my spring semesters since 2015. My goal as a mentor is twofold: 1) to introduce students to the research process and 2) to get them excited about doing research.


Past DFRACS projects have included reading academic literature, participating in group literature discussions, and extracting/coding research data. While the specific tasks vary year to year,  DFRACS students who work with me report having a greater understanding and appreciation for research (and CSR!) after their program has ended. They also say participating in research increased their communication, analysis, and synthesis skills.

A DFRACS student offered: 

"Working with Amy was fantastic! It was a great experience learning and applying a variety of qualitative methods. Also, she is simply a terrific human being, mentor, and friend."

Students and Professor at a Mine
DFRACS students, Shayla Miller and Ian Gullickson, learned about fieldwork at the Hibbing Taconite mine (Summer 2021)
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