As a geoscience educator I emphasize geologic principles, scientific reasoning, and the societal utility of geoscience research. I commonly integrate drawing and visualization activities to reinforce key concepts. I am a proponent of field-based teaching through mapping and outcrop interpretation exercises–the best geologists are those that have seen the most rocks.
Teaching Assistant at the University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences:
Structural Geology (Dr. Kapp, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2016): As a teaching assistant for Structural Geology laboratory, I led two, four-hour laboratory classes per week with 20-30 students per class. Laboratory exercises focused on the principles of structural geology, including stress and strain, three-point problems, orthographic projection, geologic mapping, cross section construction and interpretation, and fabric analysis. I developed a laboratory exercise on stress and strain, a computer lab based exercise on research methods for a term paper, and led day-long field trips focused on geologic mapping in the Tucson and Catalina Mountains.
Physical Geology (Dr. Gehrels, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2015): As a teaching assistant for physical geology I led 2-3, three-hour laboratory classes per week with 20-30 students per class. Laboratory exercises focused on the basic principles of geology, rock and mineral identification, geologic map interpretation, and geologic history reconstruction. In addition, I led in-class and weekend field trips to the Tucson, Catalina, and Whetstone Mountains to reinforce concepts and teach field methods.
Oceanography (Dr. Gehrels, Spring 2012): As a teaching assistant for oceanography I led weekly study sessions to reinforce geographic, geologic, and oceanographic concepts, conduct map interpretation exercises, and help with homework and projects. I also served as a guest lecturer. Study sessions typically numbered 30 students and the lecture numbered more than 300.