In 2018 I received the University of Oregon's A.J. Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy. The award was in recognition of achievement and expertise in interdisciplinary, research-oriented, socially impactful undergraduate education. You can read more about the award here and here.
My goal when teaching is to facilitate an engaged room of learners, to have students take ownership over the material, and for me to introduce students not just to a particular topic, but to the types of sources and methods used by historians. In each of my courses, I create opportunities for students to interact with primary sources in multiple forms: photographs, videos, oral narratives, archival documents, and ideally, material forms of culture. Introducing students to the challenges (and frustrations) of primary sources helps me look at my own materials in a new way, has often led to new insights, and is the most authentic way I know of showing students what historical research looks and feels like.
Courses that I offer within the Clark Honors College include:
HC 231: Epidemics and Epistemologies. Syllabus.
HC 232: Disease, Public Health and the Making of the Modern World. Syllabus.
HC 408: Workshop for Human Subjects Research (with Dr. Carolyn Craig).
HC 441: Medical Research/OHSU. You can read more about the class HERE.
HC 477: Thesis Prospectus. Syllabus.
Global Health Research Group
In addition to my classes in the Clark Honors College, I run an invitation-only research group for UO sophomores, juniors, and seniors who plan to write theses on global health related topics. I am the primary thesis advisor for many, but not all, of these students. The research group accepts applications every spring, and a past call for applicants can be found here. The group meets on a weekly basis and students are expected to commit to participate fully for the duration of their time at the UO.
By participating in the research group over a period of years, students not only receive strong mentorship from me, but also develop strong relationships with other high-achieving students with similar interests. The goals of the research group are: to allow intensive, long-term mentoring around topics of global health; to foster peer-to-peer information sharing and cohort-building; to gain practical skills related to doing global health research such as interviewing, human subjects research protocols and IRB processes; developing international partnerships and deciding on appropriate research questions; to think critically about the ethics of global health research, internships and interventions and to reflect on our own obligations to our research participants and subjects and the communities we work in.
The first cohort of students (2018 graduates) come from the Departments of International Studies, Anthropology, History, and the School of Journalism. They have successfully presented their research at the university's undergraduate research symposium and at national conferences in addition to winning numerous UO and national awards to fund their work, including the UO's VPRI Undergraduate Fellowship, the Oliphant Scholarship, and the Gilman International Scholarship.