Courses

Courses Taught

UNIV 1820 First Year Seminar, UConn Reads: Race in America (Spring 2016): This course was created in 2014 to introduce freshman and sophomores to life-long learning, independent learning, and active engagement in the academic life of the university through participation in UConn Reads. It was designed to be a fun, collaborative way to practice transferable skills such as critical and creative thinking, grant writing, presentation delivery, and directed academic inquiry. This semester focuses on the non-fiction book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Topics include the school to prison pipeline, racism on the college campus, and unearned privilege.

POLS 2998, Political Issues: Genocide and Narrative Politics (Winter Intersession 2016): Through films, testimonies, news articles, plays, music, and historical accounts, students engage with a variety of narratives about global genocides. Students apply critical and creative thinking to explore the multitude of voices and silences in these narratives, gaining the transferable skill of critically interpreting narratives of global politics. This interdisciplinary course is grounded in International Relations, but draws upon literary studies, human rights, feminist studies, and a comparative politics approach to inquiry. This is passion course in both content and pedagogy.

HDFS 3080, Supervised Internship Field Experience (Fall 2015, Fall 2016): This is an upper-level course designed to give advanced students training in the theory of and opportunities to practice leadership, student development, facilitation of difficult discussions, supervision, and active citizenship. To take this course students must apply and be invited to serve as EPSY 3020 Teaching Assistants for the duration of the term. Applications include a resume, personal statement, unofficial transcript, and interview.

EPSY 3020, Peer Counseling – FYE Mentoring (Fall 2015, Fall 2016): Students in this course learn basic principles of teaching, student transition, and peer mentorship, applying their learning by serving as junior Teaching Assistants in FYE courses under the supervision of instructors across campus. Assignments focus on hands-on application of course concepts and critical reflection on personal leadership growth. To take this course students must apply and be invited to serve as First Year Experience 1800/1810/1820 Teaching Assistants for the duration of the term. Applications include a resume, unofficial transcript, and interview.

UNIV 1800, University Learning Skills for International Students (Fall 2015): A component of the First Year Experience (FYE) program, this course is intended to acquaint students with the university and college-level expectations in order to support students in their adjustment to the university. The course is tailored to support the holistic student development and transition needs of international students.

UNIV 1820 First Year Seminar, UConn Reads: The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Spring 2015): This course was created to introduce freshman and sophomores to life-long learning, independent learning, and active engagement in the academic life of the university through participation in UConn Reads. It was designed to be a fun, collaborative way to practice transferable skills such as critical and creative thinking, grant writing, presentation delivery, and directed academic inquiry. This semester focuses on the non-fiction book The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Topics include sustainability, food and art, and food’s relationship to illness.

UNIV 1820 First Year Seminar, UConn Reads: Persepolis (Spring 2014): This course was created to introduce freshman and sophomores to life-long learning, independent learning, and active engagement in the academic life of the university through participation in UConn Reads. It was designed to be a fun, collaborative way to practice transferable skills such as critical and creative thinking, grant writing, presentation delivery, and directed academic inquiry. This semester focuses on the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjorie Satrapi and its film adaptation. Topics include Iranian political history, political art and literature, and human rights.

EDLR 5099 Teaching Transition Graduate Seminar (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015): A three-credit co-taught course on student transition pedagogy and praxis for master’s students teaching sections of UNIV 1800. Students produce collaborative bi-weekly annotate bibliographies of course literature, personal weekly teaching reflections, regular discussion posts, and a transferable semester project on students in transition, as well as prepare for and reflect upon a teaching evaluation.

UNIV 1800 University Learning Skills (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015): A component of the First Year Experience (FYE) program, this course is intended to acquaint students with the university and college-level expectations in order to support students in their adjustment to the university. The course is centered on a holistic approach to student development focused on critical and creative thinking, writing, and career exploration.

INTD 1810 Humanities House Learning Community Seminar (Fall 2012, Spring 2013): Two-semester series of interdisciplinary one-credit courses in the humanities open only to participants in the Humanities House Learning Community. In these courses students developed critical thinking, writing, research, presentation, and reflection skills through the lens of interdisciplinary humanities scholarship.

POLS 1207 Non-Western Comparative Politics Online (Summer 2012): Three-credit summer course taught through the University of Connecticut’s online Blackboard platform covering broad topics such as defining West and Non-West, democracy, capitalism, and human rights as well as in-depth case studies of Brazil, India, and Japan.

INTD 1810 Global Education (Spring 2012): One-credit interdisciplinary problem-based learning seminar using online simulated international water resource negotiations among different sections of the course. I co-taught my section with a colleague in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters program to help them further develop their skills before they teach independently at the university.

INTD 1810 Leadership Learning Community Seminar (Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012): Two-semester series of interdisciplinary one-credit courses in leadership open only to participants in the Leadership Learning Community. In these courses students developed critical thinking, writing, research, presentation, reflection, and everyday leadership skills for college and beyond.

ENGL 1011 Seminar in Writing through Literature (Spring 2009): Four-credit course in academic writing through literary texts and criticism. In this course students were introduced to college-level critical engagement and academic discourse on historically grounded English literature.

ENGL 1010 Seminar in Academic Writing (Fall 2008): Four-credit course in academic writing through interdisciplinary texts. In this course students were introduced to college-level critical engagement with and general academic discourse.

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