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Creative Writer | Visual Artist | Teacher
Erik Fuhrer

Teaching Philosophy

My pedagogy leverages both the creative and critical to enable students to craft unique artifacts that reflect their individual relationships to language, culture, and the texts they examine in and out of class. I have taught creative writing, first-year writing, and literature since 2011 at institutions such as Notre Dame, Goshen College, St. John's University, and Suffolk Community College.

In addition to introduction to literature, introduction to College, and First-Year Writing, courses I've taught include:

  • Gender Justice and the Environment (2021): Crosslisted with Gender Studies, Sustainability Studies, STV (Science, Technology, and Values), IIPS (Institute for International Peace Studies), and the Hesburgh Program in Public Service.

  • Introduction to Poetry Writing (2017)

  • Community-Based Writing and Rhetoric (2016-2017)

  • Literature in a Global Context (2012-2015)

  • British Literature (2013)

I have also worked at The University of Iowa's Center for Teaching and the University of Notre Dame's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, where I ran pedagogy workshops for faculty and graduate students, contributed to a teaching and learning blog, provided individual consultations on teaching and teaching documents, such as teaching philosophies and cover letters, and launched programs such as Course Design Fundamentals, a 2-day workshop for graduate students and postdocs at The University of Iowa that framed course design as storytelling by using Chimamanda Adichie's "The Danger of a Single Story" as a reference point for building inclusive courses.



Abstract Horizon

"This is my favorite class that I have taken so far at Notre Dame"

Student Evaluation

Professor is very effective at helping students determine their own creative personality, rather than stomping it out as I have had with past instructors. This is my favorite course that I have taken so far at Notre Dame.

Student Evaluation, University of Notre Dame

Professor Fuhrer really wants students to explore the world of creative and analytical writing like no other teacher I have ever had. I am so happy to have had him as a teacher that I reccomended him to many of my other friends. He is very open-minded and adapts his teaching style depending on what we wrote in our feedback"

Student Evaluation, University of Notre Dame

Incredibly receptive to student feedback. Willing to adapt. Unique style and approach. Flexible and supportive. Effectively fosters creativity and critical thinking in written assignments and class discussions.

Student Evaluation, University of Notre Dame

Erik consistently made insightful suggestions about what to hold onto and nurture, as well as what to axe. And he shared his constructive suggestions with care. I'm glad and grateful I had the opportunity to see and hear his brain (and heart) in action."

Pat Foran,