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I believe as an ethnographer and teacher, it is my responsibility to facilitate a teaching environment in pursuit of two core learning objectives for students:

  1. to grasp concepts and perspectives for foundational understanding;
  2. to attend to lingering questions and sudden insights or ‘jolts’ throughout the learning process.

There are two primary benchmarks for determining that my core objectives are meant:

  1. that students are able to demonstrate an understanding of content presented in the classroom by incorporating their own and others’ ideas and critiques;
  2. that students are able to reflect on what they learned and how they are learning so as to take what they know and how they know out into the world.


In order to fulfill my teaching philosophy and enhance pedagogical practices, I have set several goals for the next few years. These goals include: incorporate more innovative approaches to project-based learning and in-class discussion; prepare unfinished papers on teaching methods for publication in teaching journals; attend at least two professional development events per year; teach one independent study course per year that will allow me to advise more students to complete thesis and dissertation projects, and help them prepare their work for publication.