I view teaching as an experience in which knowledge can be built, as well as shared. Discussing ideas, analyzing content, and bringing sociological theories to interrogate current issues can serve as a valuable space to inform my own research while sharing the possibilities of sociology with students. I am focused on bringing evidenced-based teaching practices to the classroom, with an emphasis on keeping courses interactive and applicable to a broad range of students.
I have actively sought out experiences with teaching during my doctoral training. Over the past two years, I instructed a course on Inequality and Urban Life. Students in this course paired their classroom learning with community internships and research projects, as part of the Kinder Institute's Community Bridges Program. In addition, I have instructed a First-year Writing-Intensive Seminar (FWIS) through Rice University's Program in Writing and Communication. Drawing on my research interests, the course focused on poverty and anti-poverty programs.
I have also completed a Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Rice University. The certificate program provided formal instruction in pedagogy and research in teaching and learning, as well as structured practice and feedback on my teaching. From 2018-2019, I served as a Graduate Fellow for the CTE.
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