Teaching & Mentoring
Much like the values that guide my research, my philosophy of teaching and mentoring is shaped by a commitment to social justice and civic responsibility. Faculty members have the opportunity—indeed an obligation—to give back to society through research, teaching, and mentoring. I see myself as a conduit for students to not only attain new understandings, but to also challenge themselves to create new knowledge through the acquisition necessary critical thinking, research, and inquiry skills to be effective scholars, scholar-practitioners, and leaders.
Understanding that higher education is a private and public good, I believe it is the work of faculty that helps strengthen the ‘public good.’ As a faculty member, I have the responsibility to teach my courses—regardless of the topic—in a way that increases students’ civic knowledge and participation within societal discourse and service. By engaging students in intellectual discussion—both within and out of the classroom—I aim to inspire them to view their research and work through a social justice lens.
Teaching and mentoring are extensions of one another, with each dynamic practice serving to extend knowledge. Both teaching and mentoring are most effective when they go beyond traditional spaces of the classroom and faculty office. Therefore, I develop my courses, engage students in the classroom and research activities, and work with mentees with a holistic approach to help them grow as scholars and scholar-practitioners beyond the traditional confines of academe.
I take mentorship very seriously. I am the product of good mentorship and I believe it is my obligation to extend it to my students in formal and informal settings.
I am lucky to have had my mentorship recognized by colleagues and students. I have received the following awards and recognitions for my mentorship:
2015 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar & Mentor, University of Maryland.
2014 Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, College of Education, University of Maryland.
2010 Outstanding Mentor of the Year, Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education, & International Education, University of Maryland.