The true beginning of my professional development was a course I took at Cornell University during the fall semester of 2015, “Teaching in Higher Education.” This course was the first time I really thought about my own philosophy on teaching and becoming a better teacher. Since then, I have continued to document changes and updates to my thinking on this website. Another helpful step in my development was interviewing a faculty member at Cornell about what it means to be faculty. Talking with him about teaching philosophy, ethical struggles, balancing responsibilities, and tips for teaching was incredibly helpful for me.
Subsequently, I have completed workshops on better teaching practices (e.g., The Practice of Inclusive Teaching in STEM) and on developing leadership skills (e.g., Leadership Assessment for Managers Short Course). In these endeavors, I have continued to broaden my horizons by learning new teaching techniques, better communication strategies, and more effective interpersonal management skills. Moving forward, I will continue to pursue such opportunities for improvement.
Over the last two years, I have also served as a Teaching Assistant Trainer through Engineering Learning Initiatives in Cornell University’s School of Engineering. With a team of co-facilitarors, we train all new teaching assistants (>800 over 2 years). Collectively, we develop training sessions on effective grading practice, interactive teaching techniques, learning styles, and classroom logistics. Through this program, I have been immersed in teaching theory and had the immediate opportunity to apply that theory to teaching practice.
As a result of these efforts, I was awarded the Bryan Isacks Excellence in Teaching Award by Cornell University’s department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2017.