Filip Thurston

Filip Thurston


I joined the Thompson School faculty in January of 2012. Previously I taught at Plymouth State University for three years while earning an M.Ed in Teaching Writing. For my B.A. program, I earned an honors degree in Professional Writing & Communication Studies from York University in Toronto.

I throw out the “teach to the middle” mentality because communication skills are impossible to assess on a linear scale. I firmly believe that anyone can be a great communicator, but the challenge with college writing courses is that all students enter with different levels of skill and understanding. I like to say to my students that “most of your progress will be guided by what is written in the margins of your drafts.” With those means, my end is to try and meet every student where they are and build on what they are already doing well as opposed to merely where they struggle.

Lastly, I always strive to design courses relevant to both students’ academic lives and the world around them, so content is always changing and I am constantly adopting new technologies conducive to growth.

Filip's Teaching Specialties:

Currently, I teach Communication Arts general education courses—specifically Public Speaking, Technical Writing and Expository Reading & Writing.

Filip's Interests and Hobbies:

I absolutely love writing and consuming communication as much as I possibly can; I am always trying to find material that will fit into my courses. Additionally, I constantly daydream of wrenching and riding motorcycles, particularly ‘70s & ‘80s Hondas. I love all sports and am always looking for an intense game of squash or handball.

Oh, and arguing.

Filip's Advice for First Year Students:

Always reflect upon what you are doing as much as possible. Figure out how to get that reflection someplace other than just your own head, whether it be starting a journal or talking to yourself or anything in between. Reflection gives you a better understanding of what you are doing and is thus conducive to happiness and certainty.

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Durham, NH 03824