Teaching & Mentoring

Teaching Experience

Introduction to Health Communication 
Summary: Health communication affects all of us in our daily lives, whether it is through interpersonal conversations about health issues, exposure to health information in the media, or through our personal involvement in the healthcare system. The purpose of this course is to (a) provide students with a basic understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, (b) introduce students to contemporary theories of health communication, and (c) review research pertaining to health communication and media’s impact on health behaviors and health outcomes.

Public Speaking
Summary: Preparation and presentation of short informative and persuasive speeches; emphasis on the selection and organization of material, methods of securing interest and attention, and the elements of delivery.

Teaching Awards

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017*, Spring 2018*, Summer 2019*
* Denotes outstanding rating for top 10%


I offer research mentorship though the Department of Communication Mentoring through Research and Practice Program. The program pairs undergraduate students with graduate students based on their research interests. The program aims to provide undergraduate students with hands-on, practical experience and the opportunity to develop a close, working relationship with a graduate student mentor.

We review the research process, from topic selection to formulating theoretical research questions. We also review quantitative research methods, such as experiments, surveys, and content analyses, and data analytics in R. Undergraduates students apply their knowledge towards advancing their own research projects, as well as, assisting with my ongoing research projects. If you are interested, contact me at masmit11@illinois.edu .

If you are a current student in the program, select Course Resources for assignment instructions.