My enjoyment of learning is
tightly coupled with an enjoyment for teaching. I love to share the things
I know with others, while learning from them as well. I see teaching as
a two way street, often where one person plays the role of instructor
and the other of student, but where both are actively learning.
Three principles guide my teaching: 1) our goal is to prepare students to apply knowledge and critical thinking to solve novel problems, 2) active, inquiry-based and experiential learning are three fundamental methods to achieve this goal, and 3) access to a quality education should be as inclusive as possible, not limited to students simply because of background or financial resources.
I have especially enjoyed the
chace to teach students in the field, whether in Michigan or abroad. I
offer two study abroad programs studying tropical ecosystems. The first
is a one week program in Nicaragua offered over Spring Break, the second a longer program in Panama during the first three weeks of the summer.
Courses I currently teach or
am interested in developing:
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* email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in finding out about these courses.