My teaching philosophy is to train learners to see the world as a series of interconnected and interdependent systems, rather than individual problems that need solving. I believe that conventional lectures are ineffective in capturing the complexities of the real world and in developing the professional capacities to succeed in a rapidly changing world. I seek to impart a sense of optimism, integrity, and resilience, as my mentors and advisors inspired in me.
I independently designed and taught an undergraduate seminar-style course, “Pipelines or Pipedreams”, which exposed learners to the political ecology of the climate crisis through the lens of corporate power, petro-state politics, extractivism, inertia, and resistance to fossil fuel production, with a uniquely Canadian look at the opportunities and challenges of pipeline development.
I am a co-author on a multi-stakeholder simulation published with Sage Business Case, which situates students within the context of the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the complexities of managing conflicting interests in its development. This simulation has been run in graduate and undergraduate business, geography, and negotiation courses, with over 400 students.
GUEST LECTURES AND INVITED TALKS
I have been invited to speak as a keynote, panellist, or guest lecturer for several conferences and research engagements. I strive to engage with a range of stakeholders and convey complex topics in a simple and action-oriented manner.
SUPERVISION AND MENTORSHIP
I hold mentorship close to my ethos and strive to give back to the communities that have lifted me. I work with a range of students from high school to graduate school, focusing on empowering historically marginalized individuals in academia. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as a mentor.