Teaching & Mentoring Philosophy
I enjoy teaching because I enjoy a challenge, and I believe that guiding students as they learn how to confront (and enjoy!) new intellectual challenges should be my central role as an educator. As a research mentor, I strive to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and create laboratory experiences that inspire them to learn new things about themselves and the world around them. I believe that laboratory research can provide a fantastic opportunity to try and fail and try again, to learn how to navigate obstacles and work as a community of scholars to advance human understanding.
training in undergraduate teaching
Certificate, Building Mentoring Skills for an Academic Career (2015)
Certificate, University-Wide Teaching Conference (2013)
Certificate, Postdoc Leadership Program (2013)
Cornell ALS 6015: The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education (spring 2013)
training in science communication & outreach
In spring 2015, I designed and taught a new upper-level elective course in cutting-edge neuroscience methodology (Cornell University, BioNB 4200: Frontiers in Neuroscience). Using primary literature, presentations, and group activities, students learned about innovative technical approaches to neuroscience - their strengths and their weaknesses - and how these approaches are being used to advance scientific understanding.
In fall 2013, I delivered a series of three guest lectures in our department's course in nervous system development (Cornell University, BioNB 4930: Developmental Neurobiology). Topics covered included neuronal migration, circuit formation, and the evolution of neuroscientific methods used to study developmental questions.
Lecture: Neuroscience Methods
As an undergraduate at Gustavus Adolphus College and a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, I served as a teaching assistant for a variety of courses, including: Introduction to Biology; Organismal Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; and Systems Neuroscience. I have also served as an undergraduate writing tutor.