Teaching

I strive to employ teaching strategies based on current research about how people learn and remember. I am very aware of how easily a student can become disengaged in the classroom, especially in this era of laptops and cellphones. I work to structure classes so that learners are actively engaging in the material. For example, although it was not a part of my own college experience as an undergraduate, I have seen that social learning is often a very effective method of learning and retaining information; thus, I frequently incorporate partner and small-group work into my teaching strategies.

Courses Taught

History of European and North American Dress (AMD 354), Iowa State University, Fall 2016

  • Teach one section of course, which is an overview of dress from ancient times to the mid-1800s.
  • Class was developed around team-based learning principles and features a flipped classroom with online lectures and in-class learning and discussion opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the teachers of two other sections of course.
  • 3 credit hours, 16 students   

Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Fall 2015 &  Spring 2016  

  • Served as instructor for course, which focused on the socio-psychological aspects of dress for individuals and society.
  • Delivered in-class lectures, activities, and facilitated learning groups. Created and updated online and in-class lectures, text documents, activities, quizzes, individual assignments and group assignments.
  • Course featured a flipped classroom and team-based learning.
  • Graded assignments, communicated with students, used Blackboard extensively.
  • Supervised 3 graduate student TAs
  • 3 credit hours, 300 students per semester

Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Summer 2015

  • Online version of course
  • Create and update online lectures, text documents, activities, quizzes, individual assignments and group assignments
  • Grade all assignments, communicate with students
  • 3 credit hours, 40 students

Textile Science (AMD 204), Iowa State University, Spring 2014

  • Taught weekly lab section.
  • Gave presentations, created slides, prepared experiments and demonstrations.
  • Graded assignments.
  • 3 credit hours, 17 students

Courses TA’d

Dress and Diversity in Society (AMD 165), Iowa State University, Fall 2013-Spring 2015

  • Graded assignments including exercises, critiques, reflection papers, and individual and group work.
  • Edited and graded online discussion boards.
  • Used Blackboard extensively.
  • Taught occasional lecture classes.
  • 3 credit hours, 300 students per semester

Consumer Behavior (AMD 467), Iowa State University, Fall 2014

  • Created PowerPoint slide decks.
  • Taught occasional lab sessions, assisted with in-class activities
  • Graded assignments and posted grades on Blackboard.
  • Tweeted relevant news about subject matter and class reminders to students.
  • 3 credit hours, 70 students

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility (CMGT 577), University of Southern California, Fall 2009 and Fall 2010

  • Volunteered to serve as Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan Resnick West while working in a staff position at the University of Southern California.
  • Course first offered in Fall 2009; I assisted with initial development of course
  • Ran class blogs and attended all classes
  • Managed guest speaker appearances and logistics
  • 4 credit hours, 30 students per class

Teaching Practicums

Introduction to Retail Merchandising (AMD 275), Iowa State University, Spring 2017

  • Taught course unit on Human Resources function
  • Attended all class sections and assisted with in-class activities
  • Grading and Blackboard management
  • 3 credit hours, 150 students

Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences (AESHM 474), Iowa State University, Spring 2017

  • Worked with supervisor and course instructor Dr. Linda Niehm
  • Developed and taught new unit on social media entrepreneurs
  • Worked with student consultants and liaised with local businesses
  • Attended all class sections and assisted with in-class activities
  • 3 credit hours, 140 students
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