Teaching Philosophy"What I want is people to feel comfortable in the circumstance of risk." —bell hooks
Positive and productive pedagogy strives to create the conditions for a non-hierarchical environment that fosters productivity in non/paradigmatic ways. Cultivating a critically rigorous and safe space is key. That includes being aware of various student learning behaviors and skill sets and adapting accordingly. I strive for this by being accessible (email, Skype meetings, etc.) and always making sure that I attempt my best to assist students in getting their point across. This involves active listening by paraphrasing and asking questions to allow the students to approach the material in, both, traditional and unexpected ways.
Including additional components for a course such as a course website/blog so that students can directly see the relationship of the course material with the everyday world around them has proven to be useful at all levels of academic classes. Choosing select guest speakers that are directly involved in themes of the class is also an effective method of inspiring students that their scholarly work isn’t simply useful within academia.
Teaching is about co-learning and thinking through concepts and ideas with students, rather than for them.
2015| COMS324: Communication Analysis of Environment, Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
2014| COMS370: Advertising and Consumer Culture, Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
UNIVERSITY TEACHING ASSISTANT
2014| COMS210: Media Criticism, Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
2013| COMS210: Media Criticism, Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
2012| COMS220: History of Communication & Media , Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
2011| COMS220: History of Communication & Media , Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
UNIVERSITY STUDIO INSTRUCTOR
2010-2011| FACS2930: Electronic Landscape, Digital Media, York University, Toronto
UNIVERSITY GUEST LECTURES
University of Toronto. Artist Talk for “Sociology of Technology” 3rd year Sociology course for Barry Wellman, March 1, 2012.
Topic: Network Creators (showcasing my locative media practice)
Concordia University. Artist talk for “Definitions of Media and Technology 2: Understanding Mobile Media” Graduate Diploma course for Kim Sawchuk, January 24, 2012.
Topic: Locative-Based Art + Locative Media (showcasing my locative media practice)
York University. Invited guest lecture for “Electronic Landscape” 2nd year digital media course for Nicholas Stedman, March 21, 2011 .
Topic: Soundscapes + Field Recording
York University. Invited talk and screening of own digital story for “Community Arts Practice” for 4th year environmental studies course, with Andrew Bieler and Sara Udow, October 20, 2010.
Topic: How can Digital Storytelling be used for Environmental Education and Community Engagement?
Portrait photography workshop to ten RECAA (Ressources ethnoculturelles contre l'abus envers les aînéEs / Respecting Elders: Communities Against Abuse) members