TEACHING EXPERIENCE

During my time at Rowan University and Bowling Green State University (BGSU), I had the pleasure of working with undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of courses. Please find below an overview of my teaching experience:

CMS 04223:
Introduction to sports communication

Department of Communication Studies, Rowan University
 

As a microcosm of society, sport can serve as a valuable site of analysis to learn about the world we live in. Indeed, sport influences our identity positions, consumption choices, interpersonal relationships, and media options. As such, no profile of contemporary culture is complete without the inclusion of sport, as sport both reflects and shapes culture. This course focuses on how race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other identity categories are viewed, discussed, and performed in and through athletics. Focused on knowledge and competencies related to diversity and inclusion in sport, the class will address depictions of athletes in the media, equity issues, and the behaviors of consumers, among many other topics that aim at equipping future professionals in the sports industry with a strong critical lens and heightened social consciousness.

CMS 04323:
IMAGES OF ATHLETES IN

POPULAR CULTURE

Department of Communication Studies, Rowan University
 

This course examines images of athletes and athletics as they are constructed in contemporary popular culture. Students will analyze how various cultural texts (such as magazine covers, advertisements, television shows, films, or video games) communicate what it means to be an athlete – or a member of the athletics community at large – in both the U.S. and internationally. The course will examine how these images have changed historically and the impact they have on societal norms. Finally, the course analyzes how depictions of gender, race, class, and sexual identity also contribute to our understandings of what it means to participate in sport, as represented in popular culture.

CMS 04333:

GLOBAL SPORT & PHYSICAL CULTURE(s)

Department of Communication Studies, Rowan University
 

Like few forces globally, sport has the power to unite people regardless of background or nationality. But is the unity achieved through sport always a positive one? How do global sporting trends affect local physical culture(s)? How does sport differ across different nations and cultural contexts around the world? Guided by these questions, this course will examine sport as a global phenomenon. Students will learn about the various roles sport plays in the major geographical regions across the world (North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe) by analyzing local sporting culture(s) in these regions. In addition, this course will introduce students to issues related to sport and globalization (e.g., cultural imperialism), global sporting phenomena (e.g., global sport brands), sport diplomacy and sport-for- development, and global sporting events (e.g., Paralympics/Olympics, FIFA World Cup). As such, this course will strengthen students’ intercultural competence and understanding by developing a global perspective on sport issues, trends, culture(s), and phenomena.

COMM 3500:
RHETORIC
OF SPORT

Department of Communication, Bowling Green State University
 

This course examines sport as a prominent site of communication in American and global culture. It is based on the critical engagement with sport as a symbolic means of creating communities and identities at the individual, community, national, and global levels. Course material addresses areas including, but not limited to, commercialization, globalization, media representation, mythology, nationalism, nostalgia, and performances of identity (such as class, gender and sexuality, and race).

COMM 1020:
Introduction to Public Speaking

Department of Communication, Bowling Green State University
 

Basic principles of public speaking. Focuses on informative and persuasive speaking in both extemporaneous and impromptu styles. Emphasizes adapting to diverse audiences, reducing communication apprehension, presenting in varied contexts, and using technology effectively.

COMM 2010:
communication theory

Department of Communication, Bowling Green State University
 

Introduces students to the diverse field of communication and many of its theories. Emphasis on theories related to relational communication, organizational communication, intercultural/global communication, and advocacy. Interdisciplinary perspectives utilized.

popc 1600:
Introduction to Popular culture

Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
 

Introduces students to a variety of critical approaches used in the study of popular culture. Students use a wide range of critical approaches (such as genre theory, gender studies, semiotics, hegemony, and political economy) to better understand how contemporary American culture shapes their lives.

MDIA 4600:
GENDER, MEDIA & CULTURE

Department of Media Production & Studies, Bowling Green State University
 

Introduces students to the diverse field of communication and many of its theories. Emphasis on theories related to relational communication, organizational communication, intercultural/global communication, and advocacy. Interdisciplinary perspectives utilized.

bgsu 1910:
game plan for the future

Freshman Seminar for Student-Athletes, Provost's Office,Bowling Green State University
 

This course is designed to assist first-year student-athletes in their transition from high school to college by developing a foundation for success. The course includes topics relevant to their experiences as a student-athlete – such as NCAA rules and regulations, current issues in sport, and how to be a successful student-athlete. 

In addition to teaching my own classes, I frequently guest lecture on topics that fall within my area of expertise in colleagues' classes. Below is a selection of guest lectures and presentations I was invited for:

Invited Guest Lectures & Presentations (Selection)

Kluch, Y. (2017, April). When athletes take a stand: Athletes, activism, and the use of sport for social justice, COMM 3500: Rhetoric of Sport. Instructor of Record: Dr. Raymond Schuck, Bowling Green State University – Firelands.

Kluch, Y. (2016, September). The power of sports: Using your voice as an athlete to make a change, BGSU 1910: Freshman Seminar for Student-Athletes. Instructor of Record: Jason Clevenger, Chet Hesson.

             

Kluch, Y. (2016, February). Harder, better, faster, stronger: Masculinity and the construction of gendered identities through bodybuilding, COMM 3500: Rhetoric of Sport. Instructor of Record: Linsay Cramer, Bowling Green State University.

             

Kluch, Y. (2015, October). Using popular culture to engage students in the public speaking classroom, MC 7030: Teaching colloquium for COMM 1020 instructors (COMM 1020 Creativity Lab). Instructor of Record: Dr. Emily Anzicek, Bowling Green State University.

 

Kluch, Y. (2015, October). Acknowledging difference in the classroom: An intellectual journey, MC 6200: Communication Pedagogy, graduate seminar. Instructor of Record: Dr. Terry Rentner, Bowling Green State University.

             

Kluch, Y. (2015, September). The world of sports: Perpetuating stereotypes or challenging the status quo?, BGSU 1000: University Seminar [Introduction to the University for Student-Athletes], freshman seminar. Instructor of Record: Chet Hesson, Bowling Green State University.

 

Kluch, Y. (2015, April). Gendered identities: Masculinity, gender, and sports in the media, COMM 4120: Communication and Gender, undergraduate seminar. Instructor of Record: Dr. Emily Anzicek, Bowling Green State University.

Other Experience in Supervising Students

For an overview of other experience I gathered in supervising students, please check out the webpage focused on my work's intersections of research, teaching, and service.