Diversity of thought by way of diversity of thinkers is at the center of my teaching methodology. I am very fortunate to have highly diverse classrooms at PSU, and combined with my constant search for a culturally diverse body of thought, I can achieve a classroom environment & pedagogy that is multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-gendered. In addition, I place high value in making connections between disciplines, which often makes it easier for students to understand complex concepts and raises their thinking to that of a "higher order".
I have a master's in psychology and a bachelor's in human development. I have taught public speaking/rhetoric at Portland State University since 2015. I am also an adjunct professor of philosophy with Global Ministries University. In addition I have taught human development at Warner Pacific University and was an assistant instructor of communication at PSU. In June 2018, I acquired a TEFL/TESOL certificate from International TEFL Academy. I have developed a method for improving writing, memory and musical aptitude that is similar to the "close readings" we do in philosophy. I am happy to share this with students along with instruction/tutoring in most subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and ESL.
Walden University – Minneapolis, MN - 2014
M.S. Psychology – Specialization Social Psychology
Warner Pacific University – Portland, OR - 2012
B.S. Human Development (Graduated Cum Laude)
• Highly skilled in synthesizing text to bring a curriculum to its fullest expression
• Extensive experience revising and editing English language text translated from other languages
• Proven record of conducting effective presentations in classrooms and boardrooms
• Comprehensive experience in developing curriculum from a multi-disciplinary perspective
COLLEGE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor, Public Speaking, Portland State University, Portland, OR (Sept 2015-present)
Lecture in foundations of public speaking and introduction to rhetoric
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Global Ministries Univ, San Jose, CA/Online (Mar 2015-present)
Developed and now teach the online course “The Philosophical Christian Mind,” a critical examination of the confluence of philosophy, psychology and theology
Adjunct Professor of Human Development, Warner Pacific Univ, Portland, OR (Sept 2015-Apr 2016) Taught the courses “Adult Development” and “Foundations of Human Development”
Assistant Instructor of Communication, Portland State University, Online, (Sept 2016-Dec 2018)
Assist in online instruction of 300 level Communication courses
Volunteer tutor, Intensive English Language Program, Portland State University, Spring 2018
Guest lecturer; Rose Schnitzer Manor lecture series “Let’s Talk” – January 2018: lectured on “Intercultural Communication” as representative of Portland State University
BG Communications – Montreal, QC – 2006-2012, Revision/Editing Specialist and Project Coordinator: Presented educational materials in an international setting; revised/edited English language texts translated from other languages; lectured extensively on workplace cohesiveness and harmony (worked remotely for this organization from 2007-2012)
Canter & Associates Educational Publishers – Los Angeles, CA | 1993-2003
Workshop Presenter/Curriculum Development Associate: Presented workshops in classroom discipline, classroom harmony, and working with challenging students; contributed to writing and editing publications; International Sales Manager: responsible for B2B sales, distributorship agreements.
COMMITTEES, RESIDENCIES, CERTIFICATIONS
Board member, Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association, 2014-2015
Ph.D. in Psychology Residency, Walden University, November 2014
TEFL/TESOL Certification, International TEFL Academy, completed June 2018
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