I have spent most of my adult life in teaching or teaching related work. My teaching philosophy is informed by experiences in service-learning and peace education. Whether in person or online, in my classroom I strive for open and honest engagement focused on text and experience. My favorite sources of teaching inspiration have been Parker Palmer, Myles Horton, and bell hooks.
American University Teaching
- Qualitative Methods & Methodology (SIS-750, Summer 2017)
Teaching Assistant for Anders Hardig (Online Format)
- World Politics (SIS-105, Fall-Spring 2016-2017)
Teaching Assistant for four discussion sections
- Peace Paradigms (SIS-607, Fall 2014)
Teaching Assistant for Abdul Aziz Said
Peace Education: Teaching in Indonesia
Before starting my PhD program I spent five years in Indonesia as a "dosen asing" (foreign lecturer) at Satya Wacana Christian University in a department for future English language teachers. This teaching position was part of a English-Conflict Transformation secondment through Mennonite Central Committee, a peace and development INGO. As part of my teaching I integrated peace education concepts into my teaching, participated in a project on peace integration across the Satya Wacana curriculum, and presented on these efforts at a variety of workshops. In addition I helped lead a storytelling workshop in Papua as an attempt to elicit stories from a region under intense conflict with heavy restrictions placed on foreign journalists.
Feel free to visit the following links to see my personal reflections on teaching peace delivered to a variety of audiences in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. These are not meant to represent my current academic work, but instead point to my development as a teacher.
- "Language Teaching as Peacebuilding.” Service and Learning for Peace: Language Teaching in Anabaptist Perspective, Chiang Mai, Thailand. 2013
- "I am not an Expert! Self-narrative study of a 'native speaker' teacher ." Language Policy and Planning: What are the Issues? 2013
- “Peace Education in Language and Teacher Education: A Cross-Cultural Understanding Course.” Establishing Peace Culture Through Peace Education in Indonesia, Satya Wacana Peace Center. 2013
- "Peace Journalism in an EFL Newspaper Reading Course" Proceedings of Language in the Online and Offline World. 2012
Before teaching in Indonesia I worked for two years through AmeriCorps VISTA promoting service learning and community-engaged scholarship through Ohio Campus Compact and the University of Toledo Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement. During this time I helped faculty integrate service-learning and community engagement into their course design, and helped manage a multi-course project connecting university and high school students in Toledo.
I worked to integrate conflict transformation into service-learning by providing workshops and training to service-learning proponents.
- "Conflict Engagement in Service Learning Partnerships" Ohio Service Council's Forging New Links Conference. 2009
- Service-Learning for Graduate/Teaching Assistants. University of Toledo, 2008
- "Conflict Resolution and Service Learning Partnerships: An Initial Exploration.” Capstone Paper for Antioch University M.A. in Conflict Resolution.