Teaching Philosophy

In my teaching, I stress the importance of considering and engaging multiple perspectives in order to appreciate the variety of ways in which history can be experienced and interpreted.  Essential to my strategy of engaging students in the study of history is the emphasis I place on student-centered learning.  For example, in my courses, I have students work closely with primary sources, including novels, poems, letters, memoirs, visual art, and films.  This approach allows students to fully immerse themselves in a historical time and place using a variety of different mediums as well as encouraging them to think critically about course material and consider how scholars use evidence to support arguments.  These analytical and critical thinking skills are essential to the development of students as independent thinkers and will serve them in their future career paths.  In my courses, I employ a hybrid pedagogical model that mixes lecture with discussion.  Often lectures will be accompanied by more direct pedagogical techniques, such small group work, comparative projects, brainstorming sessions, in-class writing assignments, and general class discussions.