Investment in Teaching

I try to convey to students that learning is a life-long engagement, which requires discerning skills and an open, yet critical mind. I believe that one way of delivering that message is to constantly assess and improve my own teaching using student outcomes and evaluations, researching best teaching practices, attending teaching focused workshops/conferences, and asking colleagues to visit and assess my classes.

Conferences/Workshops/Courses on Teaching

Academy for Civic Engagement, Auburn University, May, 2015

AHA Tuning Workshop, AHA annual meeting, NYC, January 2, 2015

Online Learning Faculty Training, American University, Spring 2012 + 2013

Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research and Learning, American University, 2011 + 2012

Building Student Engagement, American University, 2010

Advanced Blackboard 9 + Introduction to Wimba + The Google Classroom, American University, 2010

Becoming an Effective College Instructor, University of Kansas, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2008

Preparing Future Faculty, University of Kansas, Research & Graduate Studies, 2007

Additional Scholarship on Teaching I have consulted

In addition to regularly scanning the Chronicle of Higher Education for teaching tips, I have consulted the following helpful works:

Ambrose, Susan A. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.

Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teacher’s Do.

Bean, John C. Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. 

Brown, Peter C. make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

Draves, William A. Advanced Teaching Online.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.

Lemov, Doug. Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College. 

An example for how I have applied new insights


Teaching Philosophy 

Technology in the Classroom