The quality of teaching that I received as an undergraduate led me to pursue a career in academia. I care a lot about teaching engagingly and effectively. In 2014, I earned a U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate from the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). Since then, I have continued to remain actively engaged in the science of teaching and learning. All of my courses emphasize student-centric outcomes and focus on active learning, critical thinking, real-world application of skills, and effective communication in writing and speaking.
Descriptions of the courses I have recently taught are available below. Please contact me if you'd like additional information and/or syllabi from any of the courses listed - I am happy to share resources.
This course (100-level) teaches students the basic skills required for researching, analyzing, and communicating science-related topics to the public. Substantive topics vary by week and include genetic engineering, military technology, the coronavirus pandemic, and space exploration, among others. In addition, weekly workshops designed to foster verbal and written communication skills will provide students practical, hands-on experience. Overall, the course will help students become more astute consumers of scientific information and better prepare them to communicate the value of their work to their peers and the public. Ultimately, your ability to communicate effectively is essential to your success in this class and in the real world.
A one-week intensive course offered as part of Stevens' Pre-College program. This was co-taught with Lindsey Cormack and provided advanced high school students a deeper understanding of U.S. foreign policy at the intersection of STEM. Students worked in teams and individually on a real-world STEM problem, the use of drones in Pakistan. Students reviewed current policy, conducted topic-specific research, deliberated and developed a response to an ongoing real-world policy issue. The program included a site visit to the UN and culminated in a Mock National Security Council meeting, in which I played the role of National Security Advisor to the President (and moderated the meeting).
Additional Courses Taught
Introduction to American Government
American Political Parties
Political Strategy & Debate
Modern U.S. Presidency
Persuasion & Communication Strategy