My teaching, like my research, is inquiry-based. I believe it is more important for students to ask critical questions–“why” and “how” questions, rather than “what”–than it is to know the “right” answer. I challenge students to reason outside of their familiar cognitive zones, to consider alternative explanations for social phenomena, and ultimately to allow themselves to experience some mental discomfort as they approach new modes of thinking and reasoning. In the process, students grow in empathy and understanding. Thus, the quest is not for knowledge alone, but for meaning.
I accomplish this using a variety of pedagogical techniques that allow students to engage with course material cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally using different regions of their brains. This is accomplished primarily through reading, listening to, and writing/responding to the course material. In various classes, I have utilized experiential learning, debates, blog writing, video creation, policy memos, as well as more traditional written and oral assignments such as research papers and presentations.
I have been nominated for the Jean Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award by a total of 19 students between 2014-2017. I have been nominated for the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community in 2013, 2014, and 2017, and was a finalist for the award in 2014 and 2017.