Teaching the humanities with a rich range of approaches for empowerment, empathy, and meaning-making

Like my scholarly activity, my approach to pedagogy is broad and transdisciplinary. I regularly teach a range of undergraduate courses on Asian history, medicine, and religions. I also advise students in independent research  through the Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities program.

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. My teaching methods have been influenced by several key experiences in my professional development. The first was my year as an instructor in the expository writing program at Johns Hopkins, which taught me the Harvard “Expos” pedagogical method. The second was my year-long fellowship at LeMoyne College, where I encountered the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis (educating the whole person) and the method of “learning contracts.” Finally, my time at Abington College, a minority-majority institution with an extremely diverse student body, has also challenged me to expand and refine my teaching methods with an eye toward equity and inclusion.

Awards & Grants

  • 2019, Penn State University Teaching & Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow
  • 2018, Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grant, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • 2018, Abington College Curricular Innovation Grant: Diversifying and Internationalizing the Curriculum
  • 2017, Penn State Center Student Engagement Grant
  • 2014, PSU’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Grant
  • 2011, Teaching Innovation Fellowship from Abington College

Some pedagogical experiments

See other posts on pedagogy and related issues on my blog, Metadisciplinarity.