TEACHING

Academic and Professional Teaching Experience

2018, Instructor of Record

Penn State

ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY IN A CHANGING WORLD: INTRO TO HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT GEOGRAPHY

Core curriculum course for students of geography and all other majors. I designed syllabus structure, class periods and assignments. Topics included Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Political Economy, Conservation.

Enrollment: 16 students. 
3.0 credits.

2015, Teaching Assistant of Recitation Sections
Penn State

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Core curriculum course for students of geography and all other majors. I designed and taught four (4) recitation/discussion sections per week for a total of 80 students. Topics included Migration Studies, Globalization, Development Geography, and Urban Geography.
Enrollment: 160 students.
3.0 credits.

2014, Instructor of Record, 
City Colleges of Chicago & Chicago Botanic Garden

SEASON EXTENSION FOR GROWERS

Designed curriculum and taught first course for professional vegetable growers to extend harvests into December. Taught project-based night course to nontraditional students and First Generation students. Topics included: Climate and Environment, Crop Planning, Season Extension Technologies.
Enrollment: 12 students.

3.0 credits.

2017, Teaching Assistant 
Penn State

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECOLOGY

100-level course for geography majors and other interested majors on the framework of political ecology.
Enrollment: 50 students.

3.0 credits.

2016, Teaching Assistant 
Penn State

INTRODUCTION TO GEOPOLITICS

100-level course for majors of geography, as well as of political science and international studies. Topics included: Geopolitical Theory, Contemporary Military, Human Rights, International Law.
Enrollment: 24 students.

3.0 credits.

2016, Teaching Assistant 
Penn State

GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA

100-level course cross-listed in African Studies and Geography. Topics included: Ecosystems, Endemic Species, Human-Environment Geography, Biodiversity.
Enrollment: 35 students.
3.0 credits.

2017, Teaching Assistant 
Penn State

EARLY AFRICAN HISTORY

100-level course cross-listed in History and African Studies. 
Enrollment: 120 students.
3.0 credits.

2013-2015, Professional Experience
Windy City Harvest, Chicago Botanic Garden

HORTICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Created curriculum for experiential teaching of environmental and plant sciences and horticulture. Taught 3 cohorts of 28 high school students. Managed one-acre sustainably grown vegetable farm. Supervised grower and two interns.
*Eight-week program*

2015, Professional Experience
GreenCorps, City of Chicago

URBAN ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Taught 6-week summer program in urban ecology to 50 under-served high school students. Organized and instructed lessons on urban ecology, urban agriculture and environmental justice.
Enrollment: 50 students in two cohorts.
*Six-week program*

 

MENTORING

Student-centered professional and personal development

I am deeply committed to mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. In all grants I have earned, I ensure budget lines for paid research opportunities for students. I have mentored seven undergraduate research assistants, both in the U.S. and Colombia, and involved them in all aspects of research - from design, literature reviews, data collection, and publishing. I have worked with three undergraduate students on their successful applications for masters programs in geography, anthropology and agronomy.

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