Teaching

Yale summer 2012

With my students in the Yale University Ivy Scholars Global Leadership Program, summer 2012

At Lewis & Clark College, I teach ‘International Political Economy’ and ‘Social Justice in the Global Economy’ among other courses in the Department of International Affairs.

My teaching style is personal, experiential, and rigorous. My students need to know why they are in my class—how their work over the course of a semester satisfies an intellectual necessity. I help students to cultivate this sense of purpose, and honor it by employing assessment tools that reflect their personal and professional goals. My classes are experiential, in that students are always doing, creating, engaging the course material. I employ simulations, facilitate collaborative projects, connect intellectual work to field experiences, and otherwise require that students move beyond simple digestion and regurgitation of information. I demand critical thinking, intellectual investment, and thoughtful creativity, and provide ample feedback about progress in these areas. As Benjamin Franklin commented, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

My background includes over ten years of teaching and mentoring. Since earning a BA in Secondary Education in 2002, I have taught in a wide variety of settings, including the Institute for Collaborative Education (a public high school in New York City); the Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (a development NGO in Mexico); Yale University’s Global Scholars Program; Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service; New York University’s Center for Global Affairs; and Colorado State University’s Department of Sociology. I have also served as a teaching assistant at Brown University and guest lectured at Pomona College and Hope College. You can download my complete CV here.

In 2011, I was honored to receive the P. Terrence Hopmann Excellence in Teaching Award at Brown University. This award is presented to two teaching assistants each year to recognize outstanding service in the classroom. Selection is based on anonymous student evaluations and faculty recommendations.