My teaching focuses on critical development theory and practice, geography, sociology, and community-engaged learning. I created this portfolio to help me continually improve my teaching by documenting and reflecting on my teaching experiences. You will find annotated documentation of my teaching materials under four headings: Course Design (including syllabi and lesson plans), Classroom Effectiveness (including teaching evaluations, active learning strategies, and use of technology), Assessment (my approach to assessment, with examples), and Professional Development (including my CV, courses taught, and my plan for ongoing pedagogical development).
My teaching philosophy
I teach geography, sociology, international development and environmental studies from an interdisciplinary social science lens that challenges students to look beyond their own experiences to understand the structural forces that shape our everyday lives, behaviors, values, and relations with non-human nature. I teach because I believe we all can become more compassionate members of society by learning how we help reproduce—and can challenge—larger societal structures. Read my full two page teaching statement to learn more about how I connect learning, research and teaching, and how I approach activities, evaluation and professional development.