Teaching

I believe it is my responsibility as an instructor to engage students in their learning. This requires a variety of techniques as each student and each course is different. In my teaching I incorporate a variety of techniques within each lesson to deliver course content in ways that can reach a variety of learners. My tools include a blend of lecture as well large and small group discussion so that I can provide critical conceptual course knowledge while allowing students to make connections by discussing the lecture content with course readings and field experiences. I also emphasize reflection at the beginning and end of the course to all students so that they can unpack their reactions about what they are learning and how they are feeling about the learning process. This way, students engage in both active learning and listening within the class time and are in an environment in which whatever apprehension or indifference – even excitement – about learning can be communicated.

I believe that one of the most important outcomes of teaching is that students begin to see themselves more deeply. This process by which they can see themselves as budding professionals, as students eager to learn, or simply as people who want to help others, is facilitated through the way course material is delivered. I believe that it is not enough to learn the course material. If students leave a classroom learning about social work concepts without learning about themselves, I have missed an important part of my responsibility as an instructor. Students should be invited to engage in reflexivity about the course content in all social work courses, and especially critical in direct practice courses. As an instructor, I have the responsibility to present ways students can engage in personal formation at least for the sake of their future clients. By looking inward at themselves, students can practice seeing their future clients through eyes of compassion and humility. My goal for the students is to leave the classroom with a budding sense of mastery in the course concepts and confidence that with what they learned, and with more practice, they themselves are on the way to becoming competent social workers.

Teaching Experience 

August 2021 – Present
Elon University – Human Service Studies
Adjunct Instructor for HSS 2130 Working with Groups and Communities
Class Size = 18

July 2021 – August 2021
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work
Teaching Assistant and Guest Lecturer for SOWO 740 – Implementing Evidence-Informed Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
Lecture: Measurement
Course Instructor: Karon Johnson

January 2021 – May 2021
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work
Teaching Assistant for SOWO 510 – Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice and Program Evaluation
Course Instructor: Trenette Clark Goings

March 8, 2021
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work
Guest Lecturer for SOWO 810 – Evaluation of Social Work Interventions
Lecture: A Brief Overview of Mixed Methods Research
Course Instructor: Melissa Jenkins

February 6, 2020
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work
Guest Lecturer for SOWO 492 – APPLES Spring Internship Seminar in Service Learning
Lecture: Applying a Systems Perspective to Social Work Practice
Course Instructor: L.B. Klein

August 2019 – December 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Social Work
Co-Instructor for SOWO 540 – Social Work Practice with Families, Individuals, and Groups
Course Instructor: Karon Johnson

January 2016 – May 2016
Nyack College – School of Social Work
Teaching Assistant for SWK 556 – Generalist Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Course Instructor: Delia Kim