Teaching and mentoring

My teaching and mentoring experience is diverse, ranging from introducing students to the basics of academic writing and critical development theory in the classroom to illustrating qualitative research methods and wilderness-travel skills in the backcountry. I have developed and taught curricula for a variety of university courses and served as a lead naturalist and logistician for off-campus seminars. In applied contexts, I have mentored and supervised students and research assistants in field-based data collection, facilitated "serious" games for NGO staff, and hosted workshops for Andean farmers on topics as diverse as hydrology, water law, and composting toilets.

At the heart of my teaching and mentoring practice is a commitment to cultivating understanding of the complex connections inherent to our world and of our place in far-reaching processes of socio-environmental change. In all my teaching, I emphasize the value of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving, and I work to foster engagement with issues of sustainability and social justice.

 

Measuring canal discharge with Andean irrigators.  ©Adam French

Measuring canal discharge with Andean irrigators.  ©Adam French

Sharing the intricacies of composting toilet technology in the Ishinca Valley, Peru.  ©Ben Ditto

Sharing the intricacies of composting toilet technology in the Ishinca Valley, Peru.  ©Ben Ditto