Teaching

Integrated research, teaching, and outreach

Philosophy

I teach several core and upper division elective courses for undergraduate and graduate students in our program.

In all of the courses that I am a part of I strive to create a constructive, inclusive environment for each unique learning community. I believe in an active approach to teaching that integrates research and transferable skills into each module.

We routinely collect and analyse samples as a part of class, using geochemical instruments on campus. (Interested? Read more information about our Geobiology class here, featured on the cover of Earth Magazine, article begins on p. 28) > http://efi.eng.uci.edu/documents/news/2018_November_EARTH.pdf

  • GEOL 2110 Earth History – with lab
  • GEOL 3420 Sedimentology & Stratigraphy – with lab
  • GEOL 4710 Geochemistry (undergraduate)
  • GEOL 5711 Geochemistry (graduate)
  • GEOL 4095 Geobiology (undergraduate)
  • GEOL 5095 Geobiology (graduate)
  • GEOL 4095 Concepts in Geochemistry (undergraduate)
  • GEOL 5095 Concepts in Geochemistry (graduate)
  • GEOL 3091/ 4091 / 5091 Geologic problems

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota (August 2015 – present)

SCSE Young Teacher Award winner (2019)

  • Earth History GEOL 2110 (Instructor) Undergraduate level; I teach all lectures and all laboratories (1 lecture section (3, 50-minute meetings per week), 4 lab sections (4, 2 hour lab sessions per week); 172 students taught in: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016; selected student evaluation responses as follows:
    • (2017) 5.9/6.0, (2018) 5.7/6.0, (2019) 5.67/6.0, The instructor created an open, respectful environmental that supported my learning
    • (2017) 5.8/6.0, (2018) 5.56/6.0, (2019) 5.55/6.0, I felt comfortable asking questions in class and/or for help outside of class
    • (2017) 5.8/6.0, (2018) 5.61/6.0, (2019) 5.4/6.0, The instructor was organized
    • Spring 2020, University of Minnesota Center for Educational Innovation “Thank a Teacher” certificate awardee.
  • Geochemistry GEOL 4710/5711 (Instructor)Upper division undergraduate/graduate level, with combined lecture and lab (4 hours per week); 41 students taught in: 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016 (in 2016 and 2017 the course was taught as “Introduction to Geochemical Concepts” GEOL 4095/5095); selected student evaluation responses as follows:
    • (4710) 5.85/6.0, (5711) 5.86/6.0 The instructor created an open, respectful environmental that supported my learning
    • (4710) 5.92/6.0, (5711) 6.0/6.0, I felt comfortable asking questions in class and/or for help outside of class
    • (4710) 5.85/6.0, (5711) 5.86/6.0, The instructor was organized
  • Geobiology GEOL 5091/4091 (Instructor, co-taught with Dr. Cody Sheik) Upper division undergraduate/graduate level; 14 students taught in: 2018
    • Overall course teaching evaluation average 5.9/6.0
  • GEOL 4091/5091 Geologic Problems: Interpreting Precambrian Depositional systems (Instructor), Years taught, 2020
  • GEOL 5091 Geologic Problems: Chemical sedimentation in the Precambrian (Instructor), Years taught: 2018, 2020
  • GEOL 5091 Geologic Problems: Silicification of Archean volcano-sedimentary assemblages (Instructor), Years taught: 2017
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy GEOL 320 (Instructor, co-taught with Dr. John Swenson) Upper division core course, Fall 2020

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (August 2010 – 2015)

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (Laboratory Instructor): Introduction to Physical Geology (101 – undergraduate); Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (340 – undergraduate); Siliciclastic Petrogenesis (545 – graduate).
  • Lecturer (instructor of record): Introduction to Environmental Geology (GEOL 103), Summer Semester 2014
  • Guest Lecturer: Introduction to Environmental Geology (103, for Professor Bill Deane), Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (340, for Professor Christopher Fedo)