Teaching

Philosophy
Dr. Flores’ primary goal as a teacher is to prepare students for engaged and meaningful engagement with Christian thought and practice in a pluralistic public context.  She aims to equip students with:

(1) knowledge of ethical methodology and salient moral issues that concern Christian thought and practice in public life,

(2) the ability to articulate clear and nuanced arguments supported by evidence and analysis, and

(3) practical skills necessary for civic engagement, especially writing, oral presentation, critical and imaginative thinking, and information literacy.

These skills are essential for participating in constructive dialogue across religious, cultural, and political difference in the 21st Century.  Dr. Flores pursues these aims through pedagogical methods that emphasize dialogue and public action.

Experience
Dr. Flores teaches in the religious studies department at the University of Virginia, where she offers courses in practical ethics and theology at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Previously, she taught in the theology department and the programs in humanities and peace & justice at Saint Anselm College.  As a doctoral candidate at Boston College, she was a teaching assistant in the theology department and facilitated the Symposium on Religion and Politics at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

Formation
Dr. Flores actively seeks opportunities for teaching formation.  She was recently accepted to the Ignite Program through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at U.Va.; she will participate in program’s course design institute in June 2017.

As a faculty member at Saint Anselm College, she participated in mentoring, seminars, and  events offered by the Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).  During the 2013-2014 academic year, she participated in a CTE-sponsored interest group dedicated to enriching the college’s civic engagement curriculum. In May 2014, she received a grant from the Balfour Foundation through the Melia Center for Community Engagement at Saint Anselm College to develop service learning courses at the college.

She 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, Dr. Flores completed coursework in pedagogy and theologies of education under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Smith at Yale Divinity School.

Courses
Graduate Seminars:
Religion and the Common Good
Ethics and Aesthetics
Contemporary Catholic Theology
Theology, Ethics, and Culture Proseminar

Undergraduate Seminars:
Slavery and Liberation: A Theological Inquiry
Discipleship and Martyrdom

Undergraduate Lecture:
Theological Bioethics

First Year Advising Seminars (COLA): 
The Signs of the Times: Religion and Politics in 2017
Religion and the 2016 Elections

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