Teaching

DynamicEarthFTI am avidly interested in teaching.  I use the same research techniques to solve teaching problems that I do to solve geologic problems.  I use evidence-based methods in my classrooms and am always striving to find new ways to improve student engagement and learning. See a profile on my teaching at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website here.

I am particularly interested in the following topics:

  • Teaching Outside the Classroom and best practices in mentoring Undergraduate Research
  • Improving student scientific literacy
  • Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching
  • Student Motivation
  • Academic Inquiry
  • Teaching through Analogs
  • Peer to Peer Instruction and Flipped Classrooms

I currently teach the following courses:

EES 1001-02: Observing the Earth

EES 1510: Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Physical Geology

EES 3260: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology