Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

I believe learning should be an active experience. Students in my classes should not be expected to sit back and relax as I drone on in the front. Instead, they will regularly be invited to participate by answering questions, discussing challenges with fellow classmates, and completing group assignments.

In larger service classes, the interactive aspect of my teaching typically takes the form of iClicker questions that invite students to engage with new concepts and definitions immediately after their introduction to help crystallize them. Not only does this keep students's minds engaged in lecture, it also informs me of what topics are unclear so I can reinforce them before moving on.

Teaching Assignments

Assignments in all named terms are from my work at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Previous assignments are summarized under "Past Teaching Assignments."

Course # Name Section Meeting Times Location
PHYS 211 General Physics I 002 MTWF 12:00 - 12:50 Phillips 117
PHYS 212 General Physics II 001 MWF 9:00 - 9:50 Phillips 413
PHYS 212 General Physics II (Lab) 312 M 16:00 - 17:50 Phillips 215
PHYS 212 General Physics II (Lab) 314 T 10:00 - 11:50 Phillips 215

Course # Name Section Meeting Times Location
PHYS 211 General Physics I 002 MWRF 11:00 - 11:50 Centennial 1704
PHYS 211 General Physics I 003 MWRF 13:00 - 13:50 Centennial 1704
PHYS 211 General Physics I (Lab) 315 T 8:00 - 9:50 Phillips 208
PHYS 211 General Physics I (Lab) 316 T 10:00 - 11:50 Phillips 208

Maricopa County Community Colleges

I taught these class concurrently with a postdoctoral research position at ASU. The Spring 2019 offering of AST 111 was taught at Mesa Community College, and all other classes were taught at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Year Semester Course Number Course Name
2019 Spring AST 106 Life in the Universe
2019 Spring AST 111 Introuction to Solar Systems Astronomy Lec./Lab
2018 Fall AST 111 Introuction to Solar Systems Astronomy
2018 Fall AST 113 Introuction to Solar Systems Astronomy Lab
2018 Fall AST 112 Introuction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
2018 Fall AST 114 Introuction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Lab

Teaching Assistant Assignments at UC Santa Barbara

I was a teaching assistant for these classes by holding discussion sections, overseeing labs, grading, and holding office hours.

Year Quarter Course Number Course Name Instructor(s)
2013 Fall PHYS 232 Stellar Structure and Evolution Lars Bildsten
2012 Spring PHYS 134 Observational Astrophysics Philip Lubin
2012 Winter PHYS 1 General Physics 1 (Discussion) Roger Freedman
2012 Winter PHYS 133 Galaxies and Cosmology Crystal Martin
2011 Fall PHYS 132 Stellar Structure Crystal Martin
2011 Fall PHYS 3/3L General Physics 3 (Laboratory) Everett Lipman
2011 Spring ASTRO 2 History of the Universe Tommaso Treu
2011 Winter ASTRO 1 Basic Astronomy Tommaso Treu
2010 Fall PHYS 3/3L General Physics 3 (Laboratory) David Stuart and Sathya Guruswamy
2010 Fall PHYS 132 Stellar Structure Crystal Martin