Teaching

I am a broadly trained geographer with a passion for communicating geographic principles to students.  My teaching emphasizes active learning that encourages students to take ownership of their learning experiences and personalize their education to their intellectual needs and curiosities. 

 

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Courses: 

  • Environment and Geography 
  • World Regional Geography
  • Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • Introduction to Physical Geography (labs)
  • Geography of Outdoor Recreation
  • National Parks & International Protected Areas
  • History in the Digital Age
  • GIS for Social Sciences
  • Cartography
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Geography of Global Tourism
  • Geography of Europe (regional class)
  • Geographic Field Methods

I promote an active learning environment for students through in-class discussions and activities, individual and group projects, and field modules that foster critical thinking skills.  My courses integrate contemporary examples from local and national events, new and emerging technologies, and a variety of teaching strategies aimed at creating connections for students between their personal knowledge, their life experiences, and their intellectual curiosities. 

 Through my teaching strategies, I endeavor to promote an inclusive classroom where students are encouraged to consider alternative viewpoints.   I welcome diversity in its multiple forms in the classroom as a variety of student backgrounds and student learning styles.  I create my course lectures, class exercises, and content assessment tools in a multiple formats for visual, textual, and audio learners and to gauge their knowledge of the material in a variety of ways.   

Geography is a discipline that is well suited to promote a situated classroom—one that is embedded in its institutional, physical, social, and cultural environments at multiple scales.  I interpret situated learning strategies to include fieldwork and community outreach.  Fieldwork—on campus, in the community, or at a more regional scale—is a marvelous corollary of situated learning and one that I try to weave into my teaching.  I also encourage and provide opportunities for my students to become involved in community outreach and hands-on research as part of their learning that connects the classroom with real-word experiences.