Spencer Taylor

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  • New Mexico State University, MFA, Creative Writing, 2014
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design, BA, Self Designed Major-Medium Fusion, 2010

Research Interests:

  • the role of narrative and story in nonfiction rhetoric
  • evolving visual and auditory roles in written communication
  • maximizing peer/mentor workshop feedback through systematized compiling of comments and notes

Teaching experience:

  • ENGL 111 (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015) 
  • ENGL 211: Rhetoric of Rock, Hip-hop, and Pop (Spring 2014)
  • ENGL 218 (Spring 2015)
  • ENGL 218, mini-semester (Fall 2014)
  • ENGL 220 (Spring 2013, Fall 2013)
  • Alma d’arte, Summer Creative Writing Instructor (2006)
    • I designed the curriculum for the Alma Summer Creative Writing program. I instructed the course, and I oversaw the publication of the course’s creative writing journal.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe teaching rhetoric should be approached similarly to another practice I’m familiar with: writing fiction. In the field of fiction writing, students, instructors, and professional writers emphasize “showing” over “telling.” A rhetoric lesson is most effective when approached from the same concept. If a student is led to experience, and therefore realize a lesson on their own rather than having a lesson pontificated to them, its impact will be more permanent. As the Rev. R Inman is quoted in Dan Milman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, “A great teacher never strives to explain her vision; she simply invites you to stand beside her and see for yourself.” If one accepts this teaching philosophy, then it naturally follows that most of a writing course will involve practice, which seems obvious, but the fundamentals of practice are not always as obvious as they seem. Writing practice comes in three primary forms: the act of writing (including physically writing), reading (including reading aloud, whether to oneself or others), and evaluating effectiveness based on audience reaction in comparison to a writer’s intent.


Fiction journals:

  • Emothyl, Alma d’arte Creative Writing, Summer 2006
  • I Rush To Bleed My Soul Onto Canvas, Serving Servitude, You Don’t Care, Pusy Pink Slip, Pounding on the Guitar, Sandscript, LCHS Creative Writing, 2006


  • “Red Chile Sky,” (song), Din Magazine, 2011

Literary blogs:

Professional development

NMSU Teaching Academy:

  • Statewide Support for Online Learning, workshop led by Nikki Mott (NMSU), April 15, 2015
  • Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement in Today’s College Classroom, training session led by Elizabeth Barkley (Foothill College), February 7, 2014 
  • Implementing Writing Across the Curriculum, workshop led by Laurie Churchill, Spencer Herrera, Gary Ivory, Robert Paz, Cynthia Pelak, and Karen Trujillo, October 18, 2013
  • Engaging Millennial Learners, training session led by Christy Price (Dalton State College), September 26, 2013
  • Assignment Making as a Process: Writing Assignments as EcosystemsChris Burnham (NMSU), September 19, 2013  


  • Online Writing Instruction, training session led by NMSU English Department, 2015
  • Second Language Students in English 111, NMSU English Department, 2015
  • “Am I Grading This Right?”: Evaluating English 111 Writing, NMSU English Department, 2014
  • Instructing multilingual students, NMSU English Department, 2014
  • Balancing the Theme with Writing in 211, NMSU English Department, 2014
  • Online Writing Center, Research tutoring, Tutoring disabled students, training session led by NMSU Writing Center, 2014
  • The Craft of Teaching Workshop, Kevin Mcllvoy, 2014
  • Creative Writing Craft Talk, Robert Boswell, 2013
  • Various NMSU English Department training sessions, 2011-2012



  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Forum, Santa Fe, NM, 2006 
  • LCHS Slam Poetry, Las Cruces, NM
  • Alma d’arte Summer Writing, Las Cruces, NM
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Forum, Santa Fe, NM, 2007
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design Poem Palooza, Santa Fe, NM
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Forum, Santa Fe, NM, 2008
  • Santa Fe University of Art and Design Contemporary Music Forum, Santa Fe, NM, 2009
  • NMSU Undergraduate Drama, Las Cruces, NM, 2010
  • NMSU First- and Second-Year MFA Reading, Las Cruces, NM, 2011
  • NMSU First- and Second-Year MFA Reading, Las Cruces, NM, 2012


  • 22 La Sociedad para las Artes readings including Antonia Nelson, Robert Boswell, and Alex Shakar, 2011-2014
  • 10 Puerto del Sol readings, 2011-2014

Contact: staylor7@nmsu.edu

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