Teaching Philosophy

My courses primarily focus on issues within my joint disciplines related to multiculturalism, racialization, diversity, and social justice, with secondary foci on qualitative methods and applications of psychology (intervention and prevention).

I have always held strong ideals about teaching. I wish to convey the joy of knowledge-seeking while communicating the lived complexity of my subject matter. I aim to enable the process of critical thinking, including the ability to think creatively and to question not only what is known, but also how it comes to be known. I emphasize connections between disciplines, between new knowledge and what is previously known, between didactic material and lived experience/application. I believe these connections strengthen students' ability to integrate new and diverse concepts and perspectives into their existing worldviews, so that different subjects are not isolated in separate intellectual boxes. This integrated structure can then be foundational and applied to future learning experiences.

My teaching is based in my own intellectual curiosity. I favor a questioning approach that reflects my interest in and willingness to learn from others while simultaneously contributing my own ideas. I work to recognize and best contribute from my areas of expertise while also recognizing my limitations and areas where students or colleagues may offer more to me than I may to them. I value an openness to complexity and an appreciation of the difficult balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of the group or society.

The choices I make in my pedagogy reflect my goal of building bridges: