Philosophy Abridged

When students leave my class, my goal is for them to not only learn course content, but also to learn about themselves. I think it is important that students find fulfillment and direction during their education. I believe students learn best when they are able to bring their whole selves to their education and are motivated. I continually try to improve my own teaching in pursuit of engaged, experiential learning.

Issues in ecological sustainability and conservation are complex and challenging to address. To be prepared for these fields, I believe in giving students the skills they need to transform information into knowledge (i.e. critical thinking), to generate missing knowledge through the scientific method (i.e. scientific training), and to translate that knowledge into formats that are meaningful to society at large (i.e. communication skills).

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Teaching Showcase

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Teaching Experience

I completed my Certificate in College Teaching from the Graduate School at Penn State. This included two semesters of teaching, one in WFS 447 Wildlife Management and the other in WFS 310 Population Monitoring and Methods. I developed my own content, activities, labs, and assignments.

I am also currently a Harrar Scholar for Teaching Excellence and am designing my own class on urban wildlife conservation. Students will develop knowledge and skills in human dimensions and will participate in service learning activities in the local community. The course will be taught in Spring of 2020.

Each semester I aim to get hands on teaching experience. As a result I have taught over twenty-five course sessions at Penn State and Elon University:

  • ECLGY 515 Advances in Ecology
  • WFS 460 Wildlife Behavior
  • WFS 462 Amphibians and Reptiles
  • WFS 430 Conservation Biology
  • WFS 447W Wildlife Management
  • WFS 310 Population Monitoring and Methods
  • ENS 200 Strategies for Environmental Inquiry
  • BIO 131 Biodiversity
  • BIO 350 General Ecology
  • ENS 330 Wildlife Ecology

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