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Teresa Cordova, M.A.

My Challenge |Courses| Papers and Publications | Research Interests

Contact Information


Teresa Cordova, M. A.

Graduate Teaching Associate Coordinator


Department of English


Calaveras Hall 115

T W R 10:30- 11:20 a.m. and by appointment

E-mail: iko@csus.edu

(916) 278-6355 (during office hour only; no voicemail)


California State University Sacramento

Department of English
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6075


My Challenge to Students:

Are your opinions your own or those of your parents or friends? If they are not your own, how long will that go on?! I will provide a dynamic environment which will enable you to develop your voice through critical reading, thinking and writing exercises; you alone have the power to decide how and when to let that voice be heard. Please dedicate yourself to self discovery so that you can enter your unique perspective and voice into our democratic chorus throughout your lifetime; you and our system of government are worth the effort.

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Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

  • English 10
    • MW 12:00-1:15 p.m. (section 09 #80739)
    • MW 1:30-2:45 p.m. (section 13 #80666)
    • TR 7:30-8:45 a.m. (section 23 #80772)
    • TR 9:00-10:15 a.m. (section 26 #80766)

Teaching Associate weekly meetings are held on Monday at 11:00 in CLV 133

Papers and Publications

Master's Thesis, Spring 1999  

"Robert Stone's Outerbridge Reach: A Liminal Journey" 

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Research Interests

I am fascinated with aspects of liminality in contemporary American literature, specifically Robert Stone and Barbara Kingsolver, as well as in culture, children's literature, popular culture, and all spatial dynamics. Through our readings, discussions, and essay topics,  I help my students recognize the space between the ideal and the actual in our everyday lives, especially in our national, social, cultural and individual identities. In recognizing this chasm, we gain understanding of our own inequities and our possibiities, which can open up pathways for communication between opposing idealists on multiple political and social issues.

I am also interested in exploring the relationship between student awareness of theories behind writing and critical thinking as educational vehicles and student success in these areas.  I recently worked on a Course Redesign of my Academic Literacies I & II class to improve student agency. Furthermore, I would like to devise a way to measure students' rate of success in relation to their ability to create specific written composition goals. In other words, I want to measure how successful goal statements are in helping  college composition students attain their writing goals.


I am committed to making my classes/lessons as fun, interesting and relevant as possible for myself and my students.


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Last updated: 09/01/2016