and TEACHING CONSULTING
My curriculum development and teaching consultation focus on understanding the interpersonal and structural dynamics that pose challenges to underrepresented students and faculty at universities. I have worked with nationally recognized programs like the NSF funded ADVANCE Program at the University of Michigan and the National Center for Institutional Diversity as a researcher, trainer, event planner, and consultant to faculty on issues of recruitment, retention, and climate for both students and faculty from underrepresented backgrounds.
My teaching is rooted in the six years I taught in the Program on Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan, the nation’s oldest curricular intergroup dialogue program. Instructors in IGR teach on rotating teams, so we were continually exposed to new ideas and collaboration opportunities (and challenges). Through our courses, we trained and supervised undergraduates to peer-facilitate social justice dialogue courses. My years of teaching at IGR gave me a strong foundation in hands-on training and coaching. I became known for my teaching style and creativity, and was invited to teach, develop curriculum, and train faculty in several other units at the University of Michigan. I have led major curricular development efforts in all programs in which I have taught. This has afforded me a breadth of experience in curriculum design, and familiarity with the ins and outs of collaborating with faculty on pedagogical development. I’ve also taken on consulting projects with faculty who wanted coaching in interactive instruction and assignment design, with particular attention on how to notice and address dynamics that threaten the inclusion and productivity of marginalized students. Based on these experiences, I have developed many trainings, often working with students and faculty together to support them forging an effective team.