Teaching philosophy:

My approach to teaching & learning draws first and foremost from a Freirean commitment to critical pedagogy, rooted in dialogue & praxis (an action/reflection cycle).  I do lecture at times, but try to minimize my own lecturing and invite participation and reflection through active learning, storytelling, film study, popular education activities/games, art, and field experiences.  Some of my methods are adapted from strategies aimed at children, but I believe these activities can be adapted and made both fun and reflective through a shared commitment to respect and rigor.  I welcome feedback at any time from anywhere and I always seek to improve upon my approach to incorporating and truly valuing students’ existing knowledges and experiences.

My anticipated course schedule at Canisius College:

Undergraduate Program, Animal Behavior/Ecology/Conservation:

  • Child-Animal Studies (Spring 2017)
  • Conservation Psychology (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Conservation Education w/ Lab (Spring 2015, Fall 2016)
  • Animal Geographies (Spring 2016, Fall 2017)
  • Anthrozoology (Spring 2018)
  • Political Ecology of Wildlife Conservation, Costa Rica (Summer/Fall 2017)

Graduate Program, Anthrozoology:

  • Child-Animal Studies (Fall 2014, Fall 2016)
  • Conservation Psychology (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
  • Animal Geographies (Fall 2015, Fall 2017)