TEACHING

I love what I teach, and in the classroom I am a storyteller, connecting theory and experience. I believe passionately in the value of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Cultural and Critical Studies, and my enthusiasm is clear inside and out of the classroom.  Such contagious energy is important because it helps students connect to the material.  Quickly, things start to “click” and they start to see concepts like “compulsory heterosexuality” and “objectification” all around them.  When this happens, I know I have reached my pedagogical goal—the student has learned to see and think differently.

             

Because I have taught such a diversity of courses, I have been able to see this change in thousands of students, and regardless of whether class is a first-year seminar, an undergraduate upper-level course, or a graduate course, the pleasure of witnessing such cognitive changes is exhilarating.  I have taught courses at all-levels, including a large-section of Introduction Women’s Studies (100+ students), required courses for majors, and upper-level electives.  I also regularly teach a service-learning course that introduces students to working in non-profit and community agencies and allows them to gain firsthand experience working on a social justice issue.  Although I typically teach in a traditional classroom, I have taught almost a dozen of courses online.  I love using innovative tools and technology to teach in both traditional classrooms and online. 

Connection * Civic Engagement * Innovative Technology
VoiceThread
VoiceThread

For online classes I use Voicethread to mimic the discussions of an in-person classroom. I upload slides and my voice for the lectures, and students comment on each slide through text, video, or audio.

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TopHat
TopHat

In my large lecture classes I use a technology called TopHat to make class interactive and engaging! Students participate in class and on their web-enabled devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets).

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Making Bookcases
Making Bookcases

Making bookcases for kids to encourage literacy! One of the many activities I help facilitate with groups of students and teachers.

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VoiceThread
VoiceThread

For online classes I use Voicethread to mimic the discussions of an in-person classroom. I upload slides and my voice for the lectures, and students comment on each slide through text, video, or audio.

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