My goal as a teacher is to encourage independent learning and support students in broadly applying the knowledge gained in my classroom. Today, college classrooms are filled with students who will seek many different and potentially non-linear career paths. As an educator, I use the specific course material to teach my students transferable skills that they can draw on in many different contexts.
My role as an instructor is to create a learning environment that facilitates this goal. This requires a diversity in teaching techniques and student activities. Clear communication is integral to success in my classroom. It is my duty as the instructor to explain the purpose and expectations of assessment activities. In my classrooms, I also have a responsibility to listen to and incorporate student feedback.
In pursuing these goals, I am surely not perfect. Even in the relatively short time I have been in school, best practices for instruction have changed significantly. As such, I find it extremely important to continue my growth as a teacher by attending professional development workshops and seminars.
Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
SCIE 113, First-Year Seminar in Science, University of British Columbia, Spring 2018
- Taught first-year university students pursuing a science degree about scientific research and its implications on society
- Graded short essays and a term paper that required first-year students to synthesize and argument from scientific literature
- Worked with a teaching assistant
- Class size: 30 students
- Curriculum provided by the course facilitator
POLI 369C, Issues in International Security, Risks of the Nuclear Age, University of British Columbia, Spring 2019
- Helped M.V. Ramana apply for Stanton Foundation Course Development Grant
- Provided reading materials for specific lectures
- Lectured and organized student presentations during the section on Nuclear Accidents and Close Calls
- Class size: 50 students
- Attended two workshops at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) Winter Institute, December 2018
- Completed Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at UBC’s Foundations of Pedagogy I Course
- Participated in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC+) Teaching Accurate and Succinct Science Writing Workshop, November 2017
Teaching Assistant Experience
- CHEM 120A: Physical Chemistry Lecture, Spring 2014, University of California, Berkeley
- CHEM 125: Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Spring 2013, University of California, Berkeley
- CHEM 1A: General Chemistry Lecture and Lab, Fall 2011, University of California, Berkeley