Approach to Teaching and Mentorship
As a teacher, my goal is to facilitate the intellectual growth of students, in terms of content knowledge in psychological science but also in their ability to critically analyze and assess the world around them. To achieve this goal, I enact several specific aims in my teaching and mentoring; (1) promote interest and excitement of course materials through active engagement, (2) create an environment that is open for free thought and welcoming of diverse perspectives, and (3) provide opportunities for students to improve and refine their critical thinking skills.
I have taught Child Development and have completed coursework on effective teaching practices across a spectrum of students and classrooms. Through the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, I attended a professional development seminar series that targets timely issues in modern university classrooms (e.g., Teaching in Tumultuous Times: How to Address the World Beyond Your Classroom; Creating Accessible Learning Environments). I have been invited to guest lecture numerous times on different topics (e.g., identity development in adolescence; stereotype threat in the classroom) and at various undergraduate levels (e.g., Introduction to Psychology; an advanced undergraduate course on Black Child Development).
Between UNC, Michigan, and NC State, I have mentored over 25 undergraduate and graduate students. As a mentor, my primary aim is to learn about the goals of the mentee and guide them toward achieving those goals. I guide them through sharing my knowledge, providing direction and constructive feedback, and striving to act as role model and maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude. Collaborations with mentees, many from underrepresented groups, have resulted in conference papers, publications, and awards for outstanding scholarship by the mentee.