Teaching in Practice
Click on the pictures for descriptions of classes I've assisted in teaching.
I've also given guest lectures on Insects in Art and Popular Culture, Pollination, Pollinator Behaviour, Subsocial Insects, Phylogeny and Insect-Plant Interactions, Insect Defenses, and Animal Communication in various courses.
While I have not yet been the instructor of record for a course, my teaching experiences as a graduate student at the University of Toronto and Cornell University have afforded me opportunities to lead lectures, labs, and discussion sections, as well as to design class activities, assignments, and assessments. I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to give guest lectures as a teaching assistant and to lead labs in several courses (Lab in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Insect Diversity and Evolution). These labs involved preparing and presenting a mini-lecture on the lab topic, including instructions for experiments or activities, assisting students as they progressed through the lab, and then grading reports, lab exams, and insect collections. As the leader of a discussion section in Alien Empire, I was responsible for moderating student debates, leading in class-activities, as well as facilitating group work and discussions of video and reading material. In addition, I led workshops through the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell University for graduate students and postdocs on various teaching techniques, including how to conduct research on teaching and learning. Through these varied experiences, I have had many opportunities to be involved in course planning and execution. These experiences have prepared me well to design and lead my own courses, and I look forward to this challenge in the future.