My teaching responsibilities are distributed across three different colleges in the Monterey Bay region. This fall, I am teaching Cognition: Fundamental Theories (PSYC 20) at UC Santa Cruz, Cognitive Psychology (PSY 330/L) at CSU Monterey Bay, and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSYCH 2A) at Cabrillo College. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a variety of summer courses at UCSC and CSUMB as well. These courses include Cognition: Fundamental Theories, Biological Psychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience.
As a central component to graduate education at UC Santa Cruz, I have served as a TA during the regular academic year. I have TAed a wide variety of courses, including Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Computer Programming for the Cognitive Sciences. Teaching Assistantships are as much about learning as they are about teaching, and I am fortunate to have served as a TA for many outstanding instructors, from whom I have drawn many of my pedagogical practices. For a full list of my Teaching Assistantships, please see my CV!
Undergraduate Instructional Assistant Mentor
At UC Santa Cruz, the weekly review sections are taught by undergraduate Instructional Assistants (IAs). Each quarter, a graduate Teaching Assistant is selected to train, mentor, and support the IAs as they navigate their first teaching opportunities. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to mentor two groups of 13 IAs (Fall 2015 & Winter 2016). Over the course of 10 weeks, our instructional team challenged each other to develop individual teaching styles and build confidence. The professional and personal growth that occurred in that short time was tremendous! These students are incredibly bright and compassionate, and were a joy to work with.
Teaching Assistant Training Co-Coordinator
As new graduate students enter our department, they are trained as Teaching Assistants by a faculty-student pair of TA Training Co-Coordinators. For the 2014-2015 academic year, I was appointed as the Graduate Teaching Assistant Co-Coordinator alongside Dr. Travis Seymour. We offered a day long training course that introduced new graduate students to university teaching policies and practice, presented some pedagogical suggestions, and concluded with visits from the UCSC Title IX Office representative and the Teaching Assistant union, UAW 2865. We also coordinated a mentorship program where new Teaching Assistants were paired with veteran TAs for continual support and guidance through their first TAships.