Jennifer Townsend

Adjunct Faculty
MA, Wayne State University; BA, Wayne State University

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The study of film as one of the 20th and now the 21st century’s most important and influential forms of artistic expression is my major area of teaching and research. Film is a living art, constantly changing, evolving and adapting in response to the needs and demands of a global audience. My teaching and research encompass a variety of critical and theoretical approaches used to examine and critique of the social, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, and technical aspects of film. Introduction to Film and Documentary Film emphasize meaning-making and authorship/ownership in an age of social media and digital technologies while Science Fiction Film explores the often-contentious relationship between humans and technology and explores SF film’s history as the cinema of attractions and spectacle. Film History traces the means and mechanisms by which film has come to elicit powerful aesthetic and emotional experiences in its viewers, provide insights into diverse cultures, and challenge established ways of thinking.

In teaching composition, my courses are designed to be responsive to the research and writing needs and interests of a highly diverse student population as well as their future discourse communities both professional and academic. The profound impact of social media and digital technologies on the art and practice of written and spoken communication genres is a key conceptual area of both teaching and research. Reflection, metacognition, and transference of skills are embedded into traditional writing and research assignments such as a research proposal or slideware presentation as well as the construction of digital genres such as a web page or video game.

Professional Experience

College for Creative Studies

  • Documentary Film: (Re)presenting the Real
  • History of Film
  • Introduction to Film
  • Science Fiction Film and the Anxiety of Change
  • The Art of Argument
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing for Art and Design

Wayne State University

  • Introduction to Film
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Technical Communication
  • Basic College Writing
  • Project 350, a college prep summer course for at-risk students that emphasized individual mentoring and guidance.
  • Chicano-Boriqua Studies in Composition, a special section of College Writing that emphasized the deep cultural roots of Hispanic students as a way to foster and promote academic success.

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions