So, you want to get a feel for who I am, where I’ve been, and what I’ve done? Consider this like an academic choose-your-own-adventure.
Whether you are a prospective student, a current victim student in one of my courses (just kidding, people like me, read my evals), a teacher pal doing some PD with me, an academic colleague, or someone looking to pay me lots of money (we can all dream right?), you can use this site to learn more about me.
Option 1: The Highlight Reel – aka my CV in infographic form
Option 2: Short CV – more than a resume, less than the typical academic CV
Option 3: The Ten Page Academic CV – the nitty gritty
I’m an interdisciplinarily-trained academic. My master’s was in geography and GIS (the digital map stuff that powers things like Google Maps), and my PhD was in educational theory and practice. I merge the knowledge and practices from these two bases in my research to think mostly about geography education, but also about performances of gender in different spaces, the use of social media and ed tech for/in teacher education, and art usage in social studies.
I wrote a big ol’ dissertation about this stuff. Click this for more info.
How about some recently published things? Click here.
Wanna learn about some of the people I worked with? Here ya go!
As someone who researches educational “best practices,” I try to practice what I preach. My courses are not passive lectures, but a series of active engagements with the curricula at hand. No matter what I’m teaching, I aim to make it relevant to students. I want them to be able to recognize the role that geography plays in their everyday lives and how it does matter to everyone…not just geography majors.
I was named a Central Michigan University TEAL Fellow in 2017 where I had the opportunity to work with faculty from across campus to refine and improve our active learning practices. I also sit on the College of Science & Engineering Active Learning Committee. We hold workshops to support the implementation of active learning strategies across the college and provide professional development for faculty.
If you want to learn more about my teaching, the following links comprise my digital teaching portfolio: Teaching Philosophy, Teaching Artifacts, Student Engagement Artifacts, Courses Taught, and Teaching Evaluations
Be sure to also check out my Twitter where I frequently post about educational resources and ideas.
Let’s face it. Reading theory is hard. Sure, participating in mental gymnastics is fun, but it can also be incredibly frustrating when you get stuck on individual concepts and words. Three Minute Theory is an answer to this frustration. A couple of colleagues and I create short, three minute videos that describe complex theoretical concepts. Because sometimes, even the Wikipedia page can be confusing! To see our video channel, click here.
To date, our videos have nearly 175 000 views, have garnered thousands of likes, a list of 1500 subscribers, and received positive feedback (as well as some nice trolling, thx!) from viewers all over the world.
How did we get started? Read the Origin Story.
Want to see a sample video and a short description of how and why I find it useful? Here it be.