Teaching

I firmly believe that great teaching requires flexibility, a willingness to get lost for a little bit and the skill, tact, and resolve to re-center discussions and lectures.  I challenge students to exceed their own expectations and strive to help them surpass their own expectations as they explore, debate, and develop arguments that link diverse processes.  My philosophy and experience of teaching integrates immersion in diverse cultural and natural contexts with critical exploration towards an engaged global citizenship.  I see my role as a teacher primarily as a guide, providing advice, critique and knowledge as students set out on a path of their own learning, critical thinking, and active engagement with the world.  My teaching philosophy seeks to harness students’ creativity, aiming to provide them with the tools to actively explore the complex relationships between people, cities, and the environment.

I have taught a variety of college level courses in both physical and human geography related to contemporary environmental and cultural issues in diverse contexts.Specifically I have taught within the Geography Department at Syracuse University (GEO 103: America and the Global Environment and GEO 155: The Natural Environment), a residential study abroad program in South India (an upper division class titled: Environmental Issues in South India), the Writing Program at Syracuse University (WRT 105: Academic Writing and WRT 205: Critical Research and Writing), and as part of an experiential learning program in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  In my teaching I have encouraged students to find ways to think carefully and critically about their place in the environment and the relationships between historical processes, political-economic conditions, and individual relationship to the environment.  Teaching students at Syracuse and in India has reenforced my commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds, challenging students to see the world through perspectives that strive towards justice and equality and working closely with them as they discover a diverse and complex world.


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