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Aaron Ottinger

Part Time Faculty
English

Phone: (206) 592-3090

Office: 18-212

Mailstop: 18-1

Email: aottinger@highline.edu

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Hi, I am Dr. Aaron Ottinger (he/him)! I taught my first class at Highline College in 2008. I enjoy working with Highline students because they are genuinely curious about the world they live in. It's my job to give Highline students the tools they need to think critically about that world and creatively about how to make it more equitable and sustainable for the future.

Primarily, I teach English 101, where the theme is, "Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Culture." I love teaching English 101 because it is often a student's introduction to college. Personally, I did not really like my first year of college...or the second! So I really strive to make this class the best introduction possible for students. I want them to learn about the world around them, how to interpret it, and how to change it for the better. I also have the privilege of getting to know students as they are walking in the door, and inevitably, they teach me a great deal as well!

In addition, I teach a research-based writing class, English 102, which focuses on "Decolonizing Research and Digital Technology." In this class, we think critically about how we research, who is affected by our research, and how we can take a community-led approach to research. For our actual research projects, we investigate how digital technology is not always a benefit to the people it is intended to serve, especially in the Global South (e.g. El Salvador, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, and elsewhere). Students who are interested in the environment & sustainability, labor & class struggle, digital technology & infrastructure, and the dark side of globalization should definitely take this class.

Beyond the classroom, I conduct my own research and writing. At present, I focus primarily on the intersection between digital technology, social justice, and the environment. But I also research and write on the historical intersection between literature and mathematics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (not what you expected, I know!). Last, I have written several articles and blog posts on various aspects of teaching/pedagogy. My most recent essay, “Mapping the Global Ecodigital Divide: A Collaborative Exercise for Online Classrooms” appeared in Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in the Arts & Humanities (2021). Other recent publications have appeared in The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and Mathematics (2020), Romantic Circles Pedagogies (2020), and Romanticism and Speculative Realism (Bloomsbury, 2019). I am currently at work on a manuscript entitled, “Astral Romanticism: Poetics, Mathematics, Realism, and the Human.” I earned my PhD in English literature at the University of Washington (2016).

Outside of research and teaching, I also volunteer as an education consultant for EchoX’s DIGITIZE, a web development program for Pacific Northwest youth.

I am an ardent traveler and have been a guest in many parts of the world, including Guatemala, Cambodia, Greece, and Cuba, among others.

Last, things that bring me joy are my chihuahua (Petunia!), practicing piano and guitar, and cooking a big meal for friends and family!

Fall 2022

TIMEMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
OnlineENGL& 101 66YC-OL (28460), ENGL& 101 77YC-OL (39862)
9-9:50 am

ENGL& 101 BCF2-HY (29376)
Bldg 10 Room 207-Classroom

ENGL& 101 BCF2-HY (29376)
Bldg 30 Room 101-Computer Lab

10-10:50 am

On-campus Office hours
18-212

On-campus Office hours
18-212

10-11:50 am

Zoom Office Hours
Online: See our Canvas page for Zoom address

11:00 am-12:05 pm

ENGL& 101 DCF1-HY (29401)
Bldg 10 Room 207-Classroom

ENGL& 101 DCF1-HY (29401)
Bldg 30 Room 101-Computer Lab

1-1:50 pm

On-Campus Office Hours
18-212

On-Campus Office Hours
18-212