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 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. She pursue these aims through pedagogical methods that emphasize dialogue and public action.
Dr. Flores teaches in the religious studies department at the University of Virginia, where she teaches courses in theology and practical ethics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This fall, she will lead a U.Va. first-year seminar on Religion and the 2016 Elections. 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.
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 2016.
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, former assistant professor of religious education at Yale Divinity School.
Ethics and Aesthetics
Contemporary Catholic Theology
The Common Good and Christian Ethics
Slavery and Liberation: A Theological Inquiry
Discipleship and Martyrdom
Religion and the 2016 Elections