My primary goal as a teacher is to prepare students for engaged and meaningful engagement with Christian faith in public life. I aim to equip my students with (1) knowledge of ethical methodology and salient moral issues that concern Christian faith and public life, (2) the ability to articulate clear and nuanced arguments supported by evidence and analysis, and (3) practical skills necessary for public engagement, especially writing, oral presentation, critical and imaginative thinking, and information literacy. These concrete skills are critical for participating in constructive dialogue across religious, cultural, and political difference. I pursue these aims through pedagogical methods that emphasize dialogue and public action.
I teach in the Theology department and the Peace and Justice program program at Saint Anselm College, including courses in Christian Social Ethics, Liberation Theology, and Theories of Peace & Justice. I also teach in the Conversatio, the college’s nationally-recognized first-year humanities program. Prior to my service at Saint Anselm College, I facilitated the Symposium on Religion and Politics at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. This interdisciplinary seminar explored important texts and speeches on religious liberty in the United States with graduate and undergraduate students.
I actively seek opportunities for teaching formation. As a faculty member at Saint Anselm College, I participate in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Dedicated to developing and enriching faculty teaching and mentoring at the college, the CTE offers mentoring, seminars, events, and focus groups on salient instructional themes. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I participated in a CTE-sponsored interest group dedicated to enriching the college’s civic engagement curriculum. In May 2014, I received a grant from the Balfour Foundation through the Meelia Center at Saint Anselm College to develop service learning courses at the college.
I completed the Apprenticeship in College Teaching (ACT) certificate program at the Boston College Connors Family Learning Center. ACT participants develop practical skills in syllabus design, student evaluation, classroom management, and performance assessment that are essential for instruction in the college classroom. Participants also have the opportunity to conduct a formal classroom observation of a Boston College professor and to be observed in the classroom environment. The ACT curriculum culminates with the production of a teaching portfolio showcasing the participant’s teaching credentials.
Additionally, I have completed coursework in pedagogy and theologies of education under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Smith, former assistant professor of religious education at Yale Divinity School.
TH 285 – Christian Social Ethics
TH 285 – Liberation Theology
HU 103/014 – Conversatio
PJ 301 – Theories of Peace & Justice
Symposium on Religion and Politics