My teaching philosophy is grounded in the belief that teachers should be driven by a passion for generating curiosity and a commitment to helping students grow intellectually. These tenets are guided by a devotion to fostering engagement and a commitment to intellectual growth. In order to foster engagement, I strive to create an atmosphere where students feel safe to question and critique. I accomplish this by pushing students to engage with material through debate, by addressing different perspectives, and by encouraging students to defend their opinions. I structure my classes and assignments to demonstrate how theories and core concepts are applied outside of the classroom. Furthermore, I encourage students to get to know me as a person and not simply as an instructor. I find that my professional media industry experience further enables a strong mentorship connection with students looking to enter the field. I enjoy sharing stories from my personal and professional experiences and encourage my students to do the same.
My teaching philosophy is further buoyed by a commitment to intellectual growth. Beyond teaching concepts and theories, I work with my students to develop their skills as writers, researchers, and practitioners. I strive to help students realize their full potential. I am particularly interested in working with students on research, and I am a strong proponent of student participation in research early during their training. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with undergraduate and graduate students, and to guide them through their endeavors.