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Bryan Alfaro

Bryan Alfaro

Part-Time Lecturer

"The advice I would give to those considering this online degree is really engage with the materials and your classmates; just because it's an online environment doesn't mean you can't connect with your instructors and classmates."

Degrees Held:

  • Master of Arts - Written Communication: The Teaching of Writing – Eastern Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science - English Language – Eastern Michigan University, 2012

Career Highlights:

  • Have presented writing research at numerous professional conferences, including research on multimodal, intertextual instructor-commenting practices

In which online degree program do you teach?

RN to BSN

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 300W: Reading & Writing in Nursing Studies

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

Students work to gain a better understanding of themselves as academic readers and writers, explore the ethics of communication in the field of nursing, focus on research and academic writing strategies, and attend to important aspects of writing in the profession of nursing.

Why did you start teaching?

A former writing instructor acted as a mentor to me, and it just clicked with me that I wanted to enable others to reach their goals in education and help them move on in their professional lives.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Really engage with the materials and your classmates; just because it's an online environment doesn't mean you can't connect with your instructors and classmates.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Cry and the Covenant" by Morton Thompson.

What qualities make someone particularly successful as a writer?

Gaining a deeper understanding of one's own writing process to become more of a self-aware writer.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

The nursing shortage.

Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

I like to ski; I have a cat named Olivia, who is one of my best buds; and I have a novel I started writing about a decade ago but haven't touched in like five years or more (guess I better dust that off and get back to work).

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