The overarching goal underpinning my teaching philosophy is creating a humanizing and energizing classroom where students think critically about their social and environmental contexts, and through that thinking begin to see themselves as agents of positive change. Additionally, I work hard to create a classroom where students from historically-marginalized backgrounds feel comfortable sharing their opinions and analysis, while at the same time supporting students who might be less familiar with lived experiences of marginalization in gaining fresh perspectives
At Saint Mary’s College, I have developed syllabi for and taught eight unique courses on social and environmental justice topics including environmental justice, global development, globalization, and critical theory and inquiry. My teaching experiences range from teaching lower division introductory courses on Global and Regional Studies to first-year students to teaching the JCL senior thesis course, spanning three interdisciplinary programs and meeting several core curriculum learning outcomes.
In 2021, I was recognized with a Pandemic Pedagogic Excellence Award. Here is a short video explaining my approach to humanizing education in the context of the pandemic and online teaching.
Below, you can find links to syllabi of several courses. If you are an early career educator looking to develop course materials, do not hesitate to borrow some of my stuff/get in touch with questions!
Lower division, undergraduate
My teaching has been featured in Berkeley media and blogs
News report on a climate negotiation class exercise for International Environmental Politics
Blog-post on Berkeley Connect small-group meeting on the California Drought
Blog-post on Berkeley Connect small-group meeting on professional development
Check out this guide I created for undergraduates interested in sustainability, environmental policy and environmental justice careers and grad programs here