I teach across the fields of performance studies, theatre history, contemporary literature, critical theory, and cultural studies. I also have several years of experience teaching academic writing and presentation skills to international students.
Please get in touch to view my course materials, teaching evaluations, or statement of teaching philosophy.
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From anonymous surveys:
“I feel comfortable enough to fail and to ask strange questions” (Theatre Theory, UTSC, 2017)
“[I appreciate] the variation of topics each week, the diverse set of readings, the fact that classes are held in a seminar-like manner, your friendly approachable demeanor.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC, 2017)
“I very much like how easy you’ve made it to foster discussion. You let us go on tangents up to a point, which I appreciate. You allow us to stumble as we try to organically form notions and ideas, within reason, at our own pace” (Theatre Theory, UTSC, 2017)
“We talked about the topic with each other as a group of 3 or 4 in the last few weeks. I think it helps me to improve my English and be more brave to speak out.” (Critical Writing, UTSC, 2019)
From teaching evaluations:
“[Matt] is very clear in his instruction and lectures, highly approachable, highly considerate, and tries his best to make sure we have as much opportunity to learn as possible while also mitigating the stress of university.” (Twentieth-Century Drama, UTSC, 2020)
“The open environment allowed us not only to speak our minds, but refine each others ideas and come t[o] greater conclusions. Matt's mediation of these discussions was invaluable.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC, 2017)
"He captures our attention and uses several different media to ensure we understand the course material and actually interests us. He makes real life current connections to the course material to further our understanding!” (Theatre History I, U Windsor, 2019)
“The lectures were very well thought out and stimulating.” (Canadian Drama, UTSC, 2019)
“Matt was very helpful when I was struggling with my assignment; he patiently went through everything that I didn't understand, and helped me get through my presentation this semester.” (Theatre Theory, UTSC, 2017)
“The instructor was very engaging and animated in each lecture/class, inviting the students to partake in in-class readings of play excerpts for participation.” (Theatre History, UTSC, 2016)
“Professor Jones was very enthusiastic about Canadian Drama and theatre in general and every week the class was an enjoyable experience. He made the environment very interactive with the way he made us participate in class.” (Canadian Drama, UTSC, 2019)
“I liked how anti-colonialist you tried to be, not only focusing on western traditions” (Theatre History I, U Windsor, 2019)
“The help during the office hours for clarification and assistance with assignments was very supportive of my learning in the course. The support that was given was very encouraging.” (Theatre History, UTSC, 2016)