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.


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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.

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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. 

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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/)