Teaching

My courses at Abington College

Like my scholarly activity, my approach to pedagogy is broad and interdisciplinary. I reguarly teach introductory survey courses on East Asian history, Buddhism, and the Silk Roads, as well as upper-level undergraduate courses in topics related to the history of Asian religion and medicine. I also advise students in independent research on Buddhism and wellbeing through the Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities program, and coordinate the Asian Studies and Religious Studies minors on our campus.

I have a true passion for teaching, and it is my strong belief that the humanities are indispensable in providing undergraduates important tools to understand the world and to actively engage in society. I continually seek ways to stimulate an interest in Asian Studies among students of different backgrounds by incorporating a wide range of materials on religion, medicine, philosophy, literature, art, and material culture in my general education syllabi. I employ pedagogical strategies that promote student choice and that incentivize creative engagement with the course material. Many of my lower-level courses include a menu of options for how students can demonstrate achievement in class—from exams and papers to oral presentations, book reviews, cultural projects, field trips, and other activities that encourage experimentation. In my upper-level courses, I use Learning Contracts to encourage students to take responsibility for directing their learning experience, managing their time, and meeting the goals they set, all the while developing projects that cater to their own interests and that impart practical research and writing skills. Forward-looking technology is a major theme in many of my classes, and I routinely integrate social media, multimedia assignments, ePortfolios, and many other technologies into my syllabi.

In 2011, I received a Teaching Innovation Fellowship from Abington College for development of an iPad-enabled hybrid history of medicine course that utilized the public history resources in the Philadelphia area. In 2014, I also received a grant from PSU’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence for the development of an interdisciplinary team-taught course on visualization that put Buddhist meditation at the center of a STEAM project. This course went on to become a New Media Consortium 2015 Idea Lab Winner.

Courses for practitioners of complementary & alternative medicine

I offer individual or group instruction in Traditional Thai Medicine, Buddhist Medicine, and classical Chinese medical texts, geared toward practitioners of complementary alternative medicine. In the past, I have given seminars and lectures for practitioners at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Won Institute of Graduate Studies, and a number of alternative medicine schools in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. Please email me to talk about setting up a class, or follow me on Facebook to hear about upcoming events.