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Roxanne Bibizadeh: English & Comparative Literature

roxanne_bibizadeh_final.jpg​Roxanne has six years of experience in education as a qualified secondary school teacher, she now teaches undergraduate classes and directs her own courses. She has received impressive feedback for her course Feminism, Sexuality and Gender in Literature: “I have no doubt that this course is one of the most successful on our programme this year”. Her new courses have been praised as “‘cutting edge’ – challenging students to engage with contested ideas and to develop interdisciplinary mind-sets.”

She is committed to designing modules which transform, challenge, and engage students, using personal significance and contemporary relevance. Some of the interactive learning techniques she employs include: exchanging traditional assessment formats for a group assessment in the style of a conference.

Roxanne is dedicated to cultivating independent, self-directed learners capable of creativity and critique. She has been commended for her innovative use of virtual learning environments: “Her preparation was meticulous, and the material she had provided on her webpage was both wide, original and very stimulating”. Her teaching philosophies are student-centred, focusing on empowering independent learning, so that her teaching has resonance far beyond the seminar. As a member of staff observed: “By the end of the class everyone was on a high....... probably repeated each week!”

students say...

I have enjoyed the course enormously. The teaching has been dynamic, varied and well planned. The atmosphere in the group has been excellent and a big part of this is due to the teacher's skills in creating such an atmosphere.”

staff say...

The main thing about Roxanne is her passion for teaching. Her enthusiasm and commitment shine through, and her group are energised and made confident by her teaching. Not one of them did not contribute willingly and fluently during the two hours. But she also has the natural gift to allow apparently free discussion, to allow the class to find out and express for themselves material with which she is familiar without decreasing their sense of discovery.”