Jesse Sopher

Experienced English educator with over ten years of dedicated service, specializing in the instruction and training of adolescent and adult learners within the higher education domain. Possesses a profound expertise in training methodologies, instructional and curriculum design, as well as assessment strategies.


Experience

2019-Present

English Instructor

Ivy Tech Community College

•Instructor of Record for multiple English courses each semester, including ENGL 075: Integrated Reading & Writing (co-rec), ENGL 095: Integrated Reading & Writing (standalone), ENGL 111: English Composition, ENGL 206: Introduction to Literature, ENGL 215: Rhetoric & Argument, and ENGL 220: World Literature I
•Experience with online, virtual, hyflex, dual credit, co-requisite, and ASAP instruction
•Certificates in online teaching and virtual instruction.

2019-Present
2019-2021

Consultant

Study.com

•Literature expert for a leading educational technology company, developing resources to aid students in literary comprehension and analysis.

2019-2021
2014-2019

Graduate English Instructor

Ball State University

•Instructor of Record for multiple English courses each semester, including ENG 103: Rhetoric and Writing, ENG 104: Composing Research, and ENG 230: Reading and Writing about Literature; Teaching Assistant experience includes ENG 217: Introduction to Queer Literature and Queer Theory and ENG 260: British Literature I
•Teaching Assistant to Dr. Joyce Huff, Dr. Leo Huisman, Dr. Rai Peterson, and Dr. Vanessa Rapatz
•Research Assistant to Dr. Molly Ferguson
•Writing Center tutor

2014-2019
2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Indiana University Kokomo

•Assisted lead instructor in administration of ENG-W132: Reading, Writing, and Inquiry II, including lecturing, student assessment, and identifying and working with at-risk students.

2013

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (ABD) in English

Ball State University
•Areas of Study: 19th & 20th century queer literature, sexology, literary theory, rhetoric & composition

2014

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Indiana University Kokomo

•Areas of Study: queer literature & higher education pedagogy
•Thesis: A Queer Golden Age: Negotiating Influences of Advocacy, Community, and Heteronormativity in Queer Television Narratives

2014
2012

Bachelor of Arts in English

Indiana University Kokomo
•Areas of Study: English Literature
•Senior Thesis: Feminism in Modern Myth: An Exploration of Girl Power in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2012

Research Interests

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Pedagogy

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Professional Affiliations

Testimonials

Jesse offers active, interactive, and collaborative learning strategies within the classroom to optimize learning and engagement. He responds to changes in students’ attentiveness and engages them in productive and engaging ways.

Supervisor

Ivy Tech Community College
He’s wonderful. I haven’t been to school in 40+ yrs. He takes the time to teach me at my level of understanding. I’m 63yrs old, a disabled Veteran, and I’m learning the computer as we speak. It’s been a privilege to be in his class. He’s an exceptional Teacher.

Student

Ivy Tech Community College
Jesse is one of the nicest professors/teachers I’ve ever had. He’ll work with you if you don’t understand something or need extra time. He really cares. Classes are discussion based, so participation is important. Gives great feedback. He’s funny and goes off on tangents but connects everything back to the class. Take him if you get the chance!

Student

Ivy Tech Community College
This class was a joy to take, despite it being a semester long research class. He is a very entertaining and engaging professor. I would definitely take his class again.

Student

Ball State University