Teaching

The complex problems that arise as society grapples with managing resources in times of rapid change, demand critical thinking and solution-oriented approaches. In my teaching I employ practices that connect concepts and theories with real world examples. I bring diverse work experiences from applied projects into case studies in the classroom and aim to challenge students to be engaged citizens and positively contribute to sustainable futures.

One of the principal challenges of teaching is that the problems humanity faces are from an interdependent reality, while students are trained to think independently. I believe in designing pedagogy in ways that train and empower students’ independence toward realizing common goals. For example, by introducing students to interdisciplinary thinking and active-collaborative work through hands-on projects, and through relationship building via partnerships with practitioners, students engage what they learn in the classroom to real-world case studies and problem contexts.

My Teaching Statement is available to view here.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Lecturer
Wageningen University and Research
-Environment and Development (graduate course)
-Ocean and Coastal Governance (graduate course)
Examiner
Wageningen University and Research
-International Study Visits, Environmental Sciences
(Bachelor’s course)
Thesis and Internship Supervisor
Wageningen University and Research
Supervisor for Master’s and Bachelor’s students
Course project supervisor
Wageningen University & Research
-Principles of Environmental Sciences (graduate course)
-Environmental Project Studies (Bachelor’s course)
Teaching Assistant
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Political Economy of the United States (Bachelor’s course)

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING:

Foundations of Education
MA program education course
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008
Exceptional Learners: Individual and Cultural CharacteristicsMA program education course
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2008
Native Ways of KnowingMA program education course
University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007. Instructor: Dr. Oscar Kawagley