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Professional Development

I firmly believe that excellence in teaching is a process, rather than a product, and that it requires continuing reassessment of style, technique, and philosophy.  This section details the professional development and training activities that I have engaged in to improve my teaching.

The workshops and roundtables listed here are not ones that I have led, but rather ones that I have participated in.


The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education (ALS 6015).  “The course will assist graduate students prepare for a faculty position in higher education. Course assignments and activities cover effective teaching and professional development…The course covers faculty roles and responsibilities, educational philosophies, learning theories, instructional methods, course design, assessment among others.”  Cornell University (Fall 2017)

Teaching Writing (WRIT 7100).  “This course prepares graduate instructors of Cornell’s First-Year Writing Seminars to teach courses that both introduce undergraduates to particular fields of study and help them develop writing skills they will need throughout their undergraduate careers. Seminar discussions and readings on pedagogical theories and practices provide an overview of the teaching of writing within a disciplinary context.”  Cornell University (Summer 2014)

Teaching Pedagogy for the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GRAD  5110).  “This course focuses on higher education teaching pedagogy and effectiveness in difference settings such as classroom and laboratory. The course is designed to complement discipline-specific activities such as ‘Supervised Experience in Teaching’ courses, and it will emphasize effective communication as well as classroom management strategies.”  East Tennessee State University (Fall 2012)

Workshops and Roundtables

8th Annual Conference on Teaching Excellence.” Panel discussions on discipline-specific classroom innovating, measuring the impact of student learning, and handling hot moments in and out of the classroom. Cornell University (Spring 2018)

“Theater Techniques for Enhancing Teaching and Public Speaking.”  Cornell University (Fall 2017)

“Research and Scholarship as Community Engagement.”  Cornell University (Fall, 2017)

“Active Learning Strategies.”  Cornell University (Fall 2017)

Other Programs

Pizza and Pedagogy Teacher Support Group.  Cornell University (Spring 2017)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program.  Cornell University (Spring 2018)

Knight Institute Peer Collaboration Program with Anna Waymack.  Cornell University (Spring 2017)
—  Collaboration Report