One of my responsibilities and joys as a professor is to write letters of recommendation for students pursuing exciting opportunities. If you are considering asking me to write you a letter of recommendation, please follow the requests below: Email me your request at least one month in advance. In your request email, provide me with … More Asking me for a letter of recommendation
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Understanding the problem “Heaven or High Water,” in Popula. A long-form piece that asks tough questions of everyone — not just those on the hunt for a luxury apartment in Miami Beach. Tangier Island: Among the First U.S. Climate Refugees? Melting glaciers – report with short film clip in Time Thwaite’s Glacier research project site … More Climate Change resources
Film, radio, and news cultivated for a popular audience is a great way to help students see connections between “real world concerns” with academic questions. On this page, I categorize and list links to publicly available media that can help teachers teach social and ecological consequences of a globalizing agrofood system. Food RadioLab on “Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing … More Using the Global Agrofood system to teach globalization, social justice, and economic sociology
After many years in school, I find myself forgetting that determining the “goodness” of a source, developing a truly convincing argument, and formatting a paper so it looks polished and reads easily are trained tasks. Here’s a handout I developed to guide one of my interdisciplinary courses towards better evaluation of sources and argumentation: … More How to write for class
A key component of successful higher education is developing reading and communication skills. Reading at a college level–and quantity–is hardly natural. Many students benefit from explicit instruction on how to quickly “read” and comprehend texts. Below are two summaries that I’ve used in courses to teach reading skills: (In a reading-intensive ecology class): How to … More Teaching tools: How to read (for class)
This semester, I am TAing a course on the history of agriculture. I am excited to develop my skills in teaching high-level concepts and historical facts in an active, inter-active, multimedia way. I ran across this list of active teaching ideas from Cal State today. Here are a few that I plan to try in the next … More Active classroom teaching