Derek Long



I have taught a wide variety of courses, as both a teaching assistant and sole instructor, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Emory University. Wherever possible, I incorporate specifically digital questions into my pedagogy by encouraging students to think about how digital communication changes the way they articulate their own ideas as well as interpret those of others.

Digital Production

As a teaching assistant for Introduction to Digital Production at UW-Madison, I taught students fundamental concepts in producing images, sound, video, and narrative for online distribution, with additional emphasis on digital workflows and preservation. I also instructed students in the technical application of these concepts with production equipment (DSLRs, sound recorders, and lighting), software (Adobe Creative Suite), and web design languages (HTML/CSS, and basic Javascript for more advanced students).

I have also led workshops and presentations at various conferences to teach users how to use the Lantern and Arclight applications, emphasizing individual research questions as well as critical frameworks for interpreting their results.

Film History, Aesthetics, and Analysis

As a teaching assistant for American Cinema Since 1970 at UW-Madison, I taught students intermediate skills in formal and narrative analysis within contemporary historical and industry contexts. In leading the course's discussion sections, I emphasized student-driven inquiry by posing specific prompts and questions, allowing discussions to emerge organically within a structured framework. I also demonstrated the affordances and pitfalls of quantitative approaches to formal analysis (such as average shot lengths) while still encouraging students to undertake them as an entry point into particular works they were writing about in papers. I have also guest lectured in the department's film studies courses on a variety of topics, including animation at Warner Bros. in the early 1930s and John Ford's use of widescreen formats.

At Emory University, I instructed students in the fundamental formal aspects of moving images and sound as a TA for Introduction to Film. I also lectured for that course's week on genre criticism (using the Western as a case study), and guest lectured on Christian Metz in the department's Contemporary Film Theory course.

Speech Composition and Public Speaking

I have taught Introduction to Speech Composition as a sole instructor for multiple semesters at UW-Madison. A foundational required course at the University, CA 100 trains students how to effectively research, write, and deliver informative and persuasive speeches.

In my 13-person sections, I put particular emphasis on teaching students how to critically interpret sources they find online. I also give special attention to teaching students effective and rigorous ways to marshal evidence and reasoning in persuasive rhetoric. A number of my students have finished first or second in the annual CA 100 speech contest (out of roughly 800 students every fall).

My students regard my teaching highly; I have won two separate Honored Instructor awards from the UW-Madison Division of University Housing by way of student nomination.