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. And check out one of the group research papers where students collected, analyzed, and interpreted their own data as a part of our Geochemistry class.

  • 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)