Teaching

Physics and astronomy are our tools for understanding the universe we live in.  Studying physics and astronomy at the college level is an opportunity not only to learn the state of what is currently known, but also to learn how we have to come to know the things we know.  In all of my teaching — both at the major and non-major levels — I strive to convey what it means to do science, while also exploring the wonder of the universe around us.

While at UC Berkeley, I taught at all levels of the physics and astronomy curriculum, from non-major and major level introductory courses, to graduate student seminars.  I am also an avid consumer of the latest research into pedagogical methods, and taught a course on physics instruction to new graduate students.  One of the culminating experiences at Berkeley for me was to serve as co-course designer and Head TA for “Sense & Sensibility & Science”, a brand new, interdisciplinary course focused on teaching scientific thinking and methodology, without committing to teaching facts from any one discipline of science.

I am not teaching any courses this quarter.  A full list of my previous teaching experiences is:

Course Name

Semester/Quarter

Position

Letters and Science 22: Sense and Sensibility and Science Spring 2013 Co-course designer and Head GSI
Astronomy 300: Instruction Techniques in General Astronomy Fall 2012 Co-course head
Astronomy 7B: Introduction to Astrophysics Spring 2011 GSI
Astronomy 250: Radio Astronomy 101 Fall 2010 Co-course head
Astronomy 10: Introduction to General Astronomy Spring 2009 GSI
Astronomy C10: Introduction to General Astronomy Fall 2008 GSI