For me, teaching is one of the most exciting parts of the historian’s craft.
I offer a wide range of courses in U.S. history and the history of medicine. Below are sample syllabi for recent courses:
- Syllabus: Civil War and Reconstruction (undergraduate lecture, VMI)
- Syllabus: US History Survey to 1877 (VMI)
- Syllabus: US History Survey to 1877 (Binghamton University)
- Syllabus: Teaching College History (graduate seminar, Binghamton University)
I firmly believe that history higher education should equip students with the historian’s skill set—the ability to analyze complex sources, craft evidence-based arguments, and communicate complex ideas in a variety of mediums. This philosophy animates my course design and assignments.
I’ve been fortunate enough to teach graduate students, undergraduates, high schoolers, and adult learners in a variety of institutional settings. Before graduate school, I gained invaluable pedagogical training and experience as a public school teacher in my native Texas. This background informs my teaching in the college classroom, where I use student-centered pedagogy to foster an engaging and productive classroom experience for my students. I strive for inclusivity in my classroom, in part because as a first-generation student myself, I can speak directly to the hurdles many undergraduates face when seeking their degrees.
I’m honored to have been awarded Binghamton’s highly-competitive Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award (read more here). At Binghamton, I was also tasked with helping train new TAs in the History Department.