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Challenging. Empowering. Belonging.

challenge students to learn. This probably seems self-evident. What college professor isn't challenging their students to learn? But traditional education models use rewards and punishments to push students through, rather than inviting them to engage in the learning process. A history course can unlock a new perspective on the world; it can change the way we think about the people around us and the people of the past; it can help us better understand our present. I want my students to be open to those possibilities. I've long since rejected the models of rote memorization, and I am moving steadily away from standard grading practices. I want students to feel challenged, to come to class because they want to be there, and not because they're afraid to miss class. 

I empower students to learn through collaborative, investigative, and reflective assessment. I use small group discussion to encourage peer-learning when working with challenging texts and concepts. I use project-based learning to facilitate a clear understanding of the significance and application of what they learn in my classes, and I give students the chance to investigate and explore topics that interest them. I have used various iterations of reflection-based “ungrading,” where students spend their time reflecting on course material and their own learning and growth throughout the term, and develop skills through persistent feedback loops. These efforts make success achievable for all of my students, by giving them a stake in the learning process while meeting them where they are.

I strive to create communities of belonging in each of my classes. Through universal design for learning, social justice-oriented pedagogies, and feminist teaching practices, I am trying to build an inclusive classroom, but inclusivity is not enough. I want every student to know that they belong, in my class and at my institution. I check in with students regularly throughout the term, and make adjustments to my courses based on their feedback. I design the course so that it is navigable and accessible for every student, through multimodal delivery of content, a range of different assignments to help process and engage with course material, and a flexibility that makes the class accommodating even before students seek accommodations. Most importantly, I know that my social justice and pedagogy journey is just that: a journey. It's not finished, and there's always more road ahead.

Courses Taught

I have designed and taught courses at small liberal arts colleges and large research institutions, from introductory level to seminar, online, hybrid, and face-to-face, in European history, gender/sexuality studies, and digital history methodologies.  In addition to the courses listed here, I've also taught standard introductions to Global History and European history. Sample syllabi are hyperlinked and identified with a **

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