Bio

Hi, I’m Nicholas!. As a PhD candidate in French and digital studies at the University of Michigan, I teach in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as well as in the Honors Program.

My research focuses on how video games and digital technologies allow us to reinterpret medieval French literature in new and exciting ways. Hopefully this research will make texts that are 800 years old more accessible to readers and gamers throughout the world. Part of my research also includes exploring the fascinating relationships that exist between humans and animals, and how these relationships impact culture and the spaces we inhabit.


TItles

High School French Teacher

Dec. 2020 – June 2021

Starting December 2020, I am a French Teacher at the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany, NY. This means I facilitate classes in French across levels 2, 3, 4, and 5, the upper two of which allow students to earn credit from the University at Albany.

Graduate Student Instructor

Instructors of record teach their own courses independently, often designing the class syllabus, evaluating student work, and facilitating discussion between students. GSIs at the University of Michigan are unionized and comprise a majority of the teaching staff at the university.

PhD Candidate

This means that I’m finished with the coursework as part of my doctoral program and am at All But Dissertation (ABD) phase. As a candidate I am responsible for crafting and writing my dissertation, which I hope to publish, for teaching, and for preparing for a dynamic job market.

Substitute Teacher

From October to December 2020, I served as a substitute teacher at The Albany Academies, where I helped cover a range of classes across a wide array of grade levels.

What I’ve DONE

Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan

2016 – present

I teach French language and francophone literature and culture courses at the University of Michigan. I’m responsible for designing and implementing course syllabi, facilitating class discussion, and evaluating student work. Course subjects have ranged from Elementary French to screen cultures in Québec.

Integrations and Technical Writing Intern at Sprinklr

January-June 2016

This 6-month internship at Sprinklr in Austin, TX allowed me an opportunity to explore the tech world outside of its connections to academia. I worked both in-office and remotely on a team tasked with creating documents to be used for internal training. We also learned how to manage, edit, and implement a cloud-based, client-facing platform.

Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin

2015 – 2016

I spent an academic year teaching a composition and argument course on race and criminal justice in the U.S. as an instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. The course used an instructor-created textbook as well as essential primary sources. Students engaged in timely discussion of the roles race plays in the justice system and in the social fabric of the United States of America.

Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin

2013 – 2015

I taught an array of British, American, and Anglophone literature to undergraduate students in the English Department. During these appointments, I led discussion sections of ~20 students in addition to mandatory lecture by the instructor of record. I was charged with my sections’ grades and overall evaluation. My favorite course during this time was “Banned Books: Islamophobia taught by Dr. Snehal Shingavi.