Geomorphology GOES 304
I currently teach Geomorphology, a Junior-level Geosciences course at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This course involves a combination of lectures, virtual field trips and real field trips. This course benefits from having the best class rooms for understanding geomorphology: the Alaskan wilderness. In this course, students participate in several field trips where we explore the varied sub Arctic terrain of Interior Alaska
Training in scientific teaching
In 2015, I completed a graduate-level course in “Science Teaching” which introduced me to the concept of active learning and related teaching methods.
My outreach includes writing news articles about field expeditions for the local press, participating in local science fairs, and conducting public talks (often in remote Alaskan communities).
From my teaching experiences I have learned that every student learns differently and should be treated as an individual. Encouraging each student’s unique strengths helps them develop the confidence needed to be curious and inquisitive about the world around them. One of the most important roles of a teacher is to communicate enthusiasm for the subject and - even more basically - to ignite a desire for persistent inquiry into the world around us.