Instructor Introduction

Jason S. Todd, Ph.D.

My name is Prof. Todd and I use the pronouns he, him, and his. Pronouns are the parts of speech we use to refer to someone instead of their name. Using the right pronoun, like using the correct name or title, is a way to show respect.

About Me

Since 2007, I have been a member of the Department of English at Xavier, where I teach American Literature, Freshman Composition, Modern English Grammars (ENGL 2200), and The Graphic Novel and Social Justice (ENGL 3150). I also teach a number of XCOR classes, including College Experience (XCOR 1000), The City as Text (XCOR 1012), and Dystopias, Real & Imagined (XCOR 3020).

From 2015 to 2021, I served as the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development’s first Associate Director for Programming, developing workshops to help Xavier faculty improve their teaching, scholarship, and service. You will find that I play a lot with my classes, trying out new pedagogical techniques as a result of this job. (Always feel free to give me some feedback on how something we do in class works (or does not work).) In 2021, I was asked to serve as the director of Xavier’ new Digital Humanities program. You’ll find that I incorporate aspects of the digital humanities, which uses technology to modernize and disseminate the kind of research that has traditionally been done by scholars within the humanities.

After moving around for much of my life — Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; and Hattiesburg, MS — I now live on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain with my wife, son, and animals. My step-daughter is a junior in the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi. (Since my kids don’t like to have their pictures shared, you can see our animals on the right here.) When I’m not doing school-related work, reading, and writing, I am pretending to be a farmer and a carpenter or playing video games (currently: God of War).

Contacting Me

  • Email: jtodd1@xula.edu / jason.s.todd@protonmail.com
  • Phone: 504-520-5292 / 601-818-2602
  • Office Hours:
    • Mondays, 10am – 11am (Admin Bldg 320-E / Zoom)
    • Tuesdays, 11am – 12pm (Admin Bldg 320-E / Zoom)
    • Wednesdays, 11am – 12pm (Admin Bldg 320-E / Zoom)
    • Thursdays, 10am – 11am (Admin Bldg 320-E / Zoom)
    • Fridays, 12pm – 2pm (Zoom only)

Please feel free to contact me whenever you have a question or concern. I try to respond to emails as soon as I receive them, but when that’s not possible, I will do my best to respond within 24 hours. My regular office is on the third floor of the Administration Building. You can find me there most days when I am not in class or in meetings.

During my scheduled office hours, I am available to meet with any student who wishes to meet with me. I encourage you to come speak with me about any concern or question you have about this class or even your other classes. I do my best not to allow other commitments, such as committee meetings, to interfere with my office hours. If meeting in person, for whatever reason, is not possible for you, please email me and I will respond as soon as I can.

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