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Teaching Interests
I have spent most of my teaching career building and teaching courses related to computer programming, astrobiology, and sustainability.
  • In college, I redesigned the curriculum for the computer science course Internet and introduced Flash and databases, which later became integral internet infrastructure.
  • In graduate school, I redesigned the curriculum for the astrobiology course Earth and Life to include more experimental pedagogies and activities, including using snapshots of my daily life to teach about the fossil record and creating an ecosystem and extinction role-playing activity.
  • At Arizona State University, I tackled online science pedagogies via Habitable Worlds. I conceptualized and tested the simulators used throughout the course and designed the activities around them. I also built the adaptive pathways and adaptive feedback that guide students through the experience.
Currently, I am continuing to innovate in the introductory and interdisciplinary science curricular space.
  • In the analog space, I am rebuilding the science classroom around the practice of science (as opposed to content knowledge). The philosophy of this approach is explained in more detail in this blog post. I am testing this approach in classrooms around the world.
  • In the digital space, I am constructing global classrooms that include students from around the world in interdisciplinary role-playing games, linked to community service projects. More about this project can be found here.
  • In the hybrid space, I am developing a smartphone-based adaptive learning platform that integrates low-cost sensors into activities, Agavi. This work is currently being tested in rural Brazilian communities and will later be expanded to Ukrainian warzones and off-grid regions in Indonesia.
Courses Taught

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
GF 305: Práticas de Geociências na Educação Básica [Geosciences Practices in Basic Education] (Spring 2022) - Co-instructor
GN 304: Trabalho de Campo [Fieldwork] (Spring 2022) - Co-instructor
Geociências 0119: Intro to Astrobiology (Fall/Winter 2022) - Instructor

Science Voices (Global)
Greenworks [Earth Science edition - Brazil/Ukraine] (Fall 2021) - Co-instructor

University of the Virgin Islands (US)
Natural Sciences 104: Astronomy (Summer 2021) - Instructor
Physics 212: Introduction to Physics II (Spring 2021) - Instructor
Physics 211: Introduction to Physics I (Fall 2020) - Instructor
Physics 497: Senior Seminar (Fall 2020, Spring 2021) - Instructor

Universitas Khairun (Indonesia)
Marine Geology (Spring 2020) - Co-Instructor

Chandler-Gilbert Community College (US)
Astronomy 111: Intro to Solar System Astronomy (Fall 2019) - Instructor
Astronomy 112: Intro to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology Lab (Fall 2019) - Instructor

Arizona State University (US)
Earth and Space Exploration 106: Habitable Worlds (Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2018) - Instructor
Earth and Space Exploration 106: Habitable Worlds (Fall 2011 - Fall 2018) - Course Coordinator

Glendale Community College (US)
Geology 110: Geologic Disasters and the Environment (Fall 2010) - Instructor

Pennsylvania State University (US)
Geosciences 21: Earth and Life (Spring 2008) - Co-Instructor
Geosciences 21: Earth and Life (Spring 2004, Spring 2005) - Teaching Assistant
Geosciences 301: Environmental Geology (Fall 2003) - Teaching Assistant

Johns Hopkins University (US)
Computer Science 113: Internet (Summer 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Summer 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003) - Head Teaching Assistant
Computer Science 113: Internet (Spring 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2001) - Teaching Assistant