Teaching is a privilege and a responsibility and an inescapable side effect of being interested in the world. As a student myself, I'm still developing my teaching practice and philosophy. Regardless of the course topic, I encourage my students to practice critical thinking and empathy. I collect analogies and etymologies to draw connections between complex concepts. I believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it, and the best way to understand something is to question it.
HUMAN OSTEOLOGY (Anth 180A)
Course Description: This course is primarily a course in human skeletal anatomy. Students who complete this course should be able to identify and side fragmentary and whole skeletal elements from individuals of all ages and distinguish human and non-human bone. Additionally, this course familiarizes students with fundamentals of bone biology; methods used to estimate sex and age-at-death from skeletal remains; methods of data collection in the field; and ethical considerations of research using human remains. I employ methods that tap into multiple sensory systems in order to teach morphology. Students draw, sculpt, and photograph skeletal elements in addition to learning anatomical landmarks and musculoskeletal physiology.
I have also taught osteology and excavation in the field as a member of the PIARA team in Ancash, Peru.
I have been a Teaching Assistant for the following courses:
Intro to Biological Anthropology (ANTH 5)
Intro to Biosocial Anthropology (ANTH 7)
Human Evolution (ANTH 121)
Human Reproductive Ecology (ANTH 177)
The Story of Life on Earth (INT93LS)
In the course of completing my PhD, I plan to teach these courses as a TA:
Intro to Archaeology
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
and these courses as Instructor of Record: