Teaching Development

This page describes my teaching development efforts including teaching coursework and workshops that I've taken as a graduate student. One area of teaching development that is especially important to me is diversity and inclusion so I have participated in multiple workshops on inclusive teaching. As my career in academia progresses, I intend to continue participating in teaching workshops and working with university teaching centers to improve my skills in the classroom. Although research is my main passion, I also hope to become a strong teacher and mentor.


Teaching Coursework

In fall 2016, I took ALS 6015: Teaching in Higher Education to hone my teaching skills and establish my teaching philosophy. Over the course of the semester, I studied effective teaching practices and developed a number of teaching products including rubrics, syllabus, lesson plans, and feedback surveys. I also annotated and reflected upon my teaching methods and motivations . This coursework culminated in the teaching sections of my website that you are reading now.


Teaching workshops

Over my time as a graduate student at Cornell, I have participated in several teaching training programs through both the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). I have received certificates in: 1) Assessment Techniques for STEM Classrooms, 2) Understanding Undergraduate Learners, and 3) Undergraduate Mentoring, and 4) Inclusive Teaching. 


Inclusive teaching

Diversity and inclusion are key values for me in my research (e.g., undergraduate assistant recruitment and senior thesis mentoring), service (e.g., diversity recruitment efforts), and teaching. As a graduate student, I have participated in multiple inclusive teaching workshops including the Inclusive Teaching Institute and the Practice of Inclusive Teaching in STEM.

Stream ecology field action Photos by Chris Kitchen (www.ckpad.co/)