My primary training is in teaching Modern European History, focusing on Modern Germany and Central Europe. I have taught several variations of the Modern European, or Western Civilization, survey course and have taught or been a teaching assistant for German and English and Irish history courses.
I consider my versatility to be one of my greatest assets as a history teacher. I have taught both halves of the Western Civilization survey as well as Global and Modern American History surveys. Many of these classes were taught to audiences which were not history majors. I enjoy the challenge of bringing historical studies to all students and I work actively to make hisotry alive and interesting in the classroom.
Beyond the history classroom, I have experience teaching general Humanities and Composition classes. I taught five sections of the University of Rochester's Freshman writing seminar and have taught Humanities at the Eastman School of Music and at Simon Fraser University.
I am interested in teaching Modern German and Central European History in addition to Modern European suvery courses. I am also interested in teaching courses in cultural, intellectual, urban, immigration and labor history. I am also open to teaching in areas outside my expertise, particularly in Eastern Europe and World History.
The University of Rochester makes a significant effort preparing its students to teach. The history department has its graduate students serve as an assistant teacher for a semester to observe and experience undergraduate teaching before going on to grade and lead discussion sections on their own. The College Writing Program involves a semester long pedagogy course before graduate students take on their own courses. During the first semester of teaching, instructors take part in further seminars to discuss their experiences.
Click here to read my teaching statement. Below are syllabi and Web sites of classes I have taught in the past.
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Syllabi and list of courses taught