Jennifer Townsend

Jennifer Townsend

Jennifer Townsend

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • The study of film as one of the 20th and now the 21st century’s most important and influential forms of artistic expression is my major area of teaching and research. Film is a living art, constantly changing, evolving and adapting in response to the needs and demands of a global audience. My teaching and research explores a variety of critical and theoretical approaches in order to examine and critique the social, political, economic, historical, cultural, artistic, and technical aspects of film. Introduction to Film and Documentary Film emphasize meaning-making and authorship/ownership in an age of social media and digital technologies while Science Fiction Film explores the often contentious relationship between human existence and technology, including SF film’s own history as the cinema of attractions and spectacle.

    In teaching composition, the courses are designed to be responsive to the research and writing needs and interests of the students as well as their future discourse communities both professional and academic. The profound impact of social media and digital technologies on the art and practice of written and spoken communication genres is a key conceptual area of both teaching and research. Reflection, metacognition,and transference of skills are embedded into traditional writing and research assignments such as a research paper or PowerPoint presentation as well as the construction of digital genres such as social media, a web page or video game.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • M.A. English, WSU

Awards and Grants

  • Rumble Fellowship, WSU

    Excellence in Teaching, GTA, WSU

    Excellence in Teaching, Adjucnt Faculty, WSU

Currently Teaching

  • At WSU:

    ENG 3010, Intermediate Writing

    At The College for Creative Studies:

    Introduction to Film

    Science Fiction Film

    Documentary Film

Courses taught


Introduction to Film

Introduction to Fiction

ENG 3010, Intermediate Writing

ENG 1020, Introductory College Writing

ENG 1010, Basic Writing

At The College for Creative Studies:

Writing for Art and Desing

Technical Writing

The Art of Argument


Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Completed doctoral qualifying exams with Distinction with a concentration in American cultural studies and an additional concentration in film studies.