I want students to become independent thinkers, to feel empowered by their ability to reason through complex problems, to be curious, and to employ the necessary skills to explore big or small questions that are born of that curiosity. To this end, I empower students by building confidence in their knowledge and helping them to discover the value of meaningful learning. I achieve these goals through the use of teaching strategies that promote collaborative learning, enhance student engagement, and foster student-driven learning.
BRIEF TEACHING CV
CERTIFICATE IN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TEACHING - UCSB 2018
INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD: INTRODUCTION TO MARINE SCIENCE - UCSB 2016
LEAD TEACHING ASSISTANT: OCEAN PROCESSES - UCSB 2011-2015, 2017
LEAD TEACHING ASSISTANT: BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY - UCSB 2014
MENTORING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE CARLSON LAB - UCSB 2012-2017
MENTOR FOR WOMEN IN STEM MENTORSHIP PROGRAM - 2016
WORSTER FELLOW 2014-2015
LINKS TO STUDENT MEDIA
Students in my upper division Ocean Processes course created fantastic videos, podcasts, in-class demonstrations, and websites as part of a project I developed to equip students with the skills and resources to explore the impacts of humans on the marine environment, and to effectively communicate the information they amassed in detailed reports to the broader community. Some examples are linked, below.
The video below was created by students in my Introduction to Marine Science course for a project I developed to aid students in communicating the importance of marine biodiversity, and to encourage students to be aware of how their life-choices may impact global and local biodiversity.
As an undergraduate, I gained confidence in my ability to seek answers to big questions about the marine environment through inspirational teaching assistants and mentors. As a result of those experiences, I understand the influence a great teacher or mentor can have on a student's intellectual development and career trajectory. Encouraging students to become independent thinkers, and empowering them with the ability to reason through complex problems, has been the most challenging and rewarding aspect of my graduate degree. I look forward to continuing to mentor and work with students from all levels, and to hone my skills as an educator, mentor, and science-communicator throughout my career.