I have taught a number of ancient language and history classes (see below) in the USA and Australia, both alone (Instructor of Record) and as a teaching assistant. I'm also very interested in professional development initiatives for teachers both within and outside my field, as I have co-organized pedagogy workshops for my colleagues through the Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (Department of Classics). I have also participated in pedagogical training at Columbia's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as a Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF) for 2016-17, and as a Senior Lead Teaching Fellow (SLTF) for 2017-18 I developed an interdisciplinary learning community on applying inclusive teaching methods to course design and assessment with another fellow (Luciana de Souza Leão in Sociology), as well as mentoring the current Lead Teaching Fellows.
As a fellow in the Teaching Scholars Program at Columbia for 2016-17, I also had the opportunity to design (ex nihilo) and teach my own research-based advanced ancient history seminar for undergraduates, entitled Youth in Ancient Rome. The course not only allowed me to road-test my research on an incredibly bright group of undergraduates, but it allowed me to teach at an advanced level and add further techniques to my pedagogical repertoire. As a strong believer in undergraduate research as having real pedagogical benefits, my students had to complete a major research project, and this also involved supervising these projects through various stages: conception, research methods, drafting and workshop presentation skills, and then, the final write up of the research essay itself.
More generally, my pedagogy encompasses a wide range of approaches aimed at promoting primary source-based, active and inclusive student learning, including artefact studies, engagement with digital humanities resources and assessments (e.g. website building), role-playing (inspired by Barnard College’s Reacting to the Past), and on-site oral presentations. Part of my approach explicitly integrates material culture into both my ancient language and history classes, wherever possible, to facilitate more direct connections with ancient Greece and Rome. To take one example, I make a point of bringing less studied, documentary texts into my classes, such as graffiti, coins, and inscriptions, particularly from Columbia's Olcott Collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) at Butler Library or, further afield, using the Greek and Roman collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Besides offering students a tangible portal to the ancient world that engages them more directly with the content they are learning, I do this with several aims in mind: to create a dialogue between the literary and documentary forms of texts; to encourage questions about the development of the Classical cannon and social history issues, such as literacies, demography, status-based and gendered relationships; to impart basic epigraphy skills and a familiarity with the materiality of language; to highlight linguistic points of change and more besides.
In general, I strive to equip my students with transferrable, critical skills, such as source analysis, that will serve them both in and outside of the Classical classroom.
My teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy, syllabi, faculty references and student evaluations, is available upon request.
Instructor of Record
Youth in Ancient Rome (HIST UN3050). Advanced ancient history seminar in translation, designed and taught as a Teaching Scholar. Fall 2016.
Intermediate Latin II (LATN 1202): Sallust (Bellum Catilinae), Ovid (Ars Amatoria 3), metrical graffiti . Fall 2015.
Intensive Elementary Latin (LATN S1121): 6 week accelerated version of the year-long progression of Elementary Latin I-II. Summer 2015.
Intermediate Latin I (LATN 1201): Catullus, Cicero (Pro Caelio), metrical graffiti. Fall 2014.
Worlds of Alexander the Great (CLCV UN3059). Spring 2017.
The Romans and their Empire, 754BCE - 562CE (HIST W1020). Spring 2016, 2015, 2014.
Intermediate Latin I (LATN 1201): Catullus and Cicero (Pro Caelio). Fall 2013.
“The Roman reception of Alexander’s image.” (for CLCV UN3059). Spring 2017 .
“The career and regime of Augustus.” (for HIST W1020). Spring 2015.
“The social and cultural history of old age in the Roman empire.” (for HIST W3026, Roman Social History, under Prof. W.V. Harris). Fall 2014.
Macquarie University / Open Universities Australia
Course Tutor and Online Convener
The Fall of the Roman Republic (HIST 130). Tutor, convener, and grader, with lectures pre-recorded by Prof. T.W. Hillard. Summer 2011-12.
Co-organizer (with Yujhán Claros), Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC), Department of Classics, Columbia University, 2017-18. Monthly pedagogical development workshop series run by and for graduate students teaching in various aspects of the ancient world (Greek, Latin, ancient history, art history and archaeology, Core Curriculum).
Workshops and Talks
with Giulia Bonasio (Classical Studies), “Classroom Discussion: from Socrates to the Progressive Stack.” at Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC), Department of Classics, Columbia University; April 13, 2018.
with Luciana de Souza Leão (Sociology), Leveling the Playing Field: From Inequality to Inclusivity in Assessment, three-part Learning Community, Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia University; Spring 2018:
“Inclusion by Design: Strategies for Inclusive Assessments,” January 29, 2018.
“Unpacking Inequality in Grading,” February 12, 2018.
“Making Feedback Count: Inclusive Feedback Mechanisms,” February 26, 2018.
“Inclusive Teaching and Diversity in the Classical Classroom.” at Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC), Department of Classics, Columbia University; November 14, 2017.
"Role-playing with Reacting to the Past: Athens Besieged 405-404 BCE Game Sampler" at the Innovative Teaching Summer Institute, by invitation of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia University, June 14, 2017.
“Undergraduate Research as Pedagogical Tool.” at Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC), Department of Classics, Columbia University, November 22, 2016.
“Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Post-Traditional Language Students.” at Team Teaching Pedagogy Colloquium (TTPC), Department of Classics, Columbia University, October 13, 2015.
Senior Lead Teaching Fellow (SLTF), Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 2017-18.
Teaching Scholar, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, 2016-17.
Lead Teaching Fellow (LTF), Center for Learning and Teaching (CTL), Columbia University, 2016-17.
Undergraduate Research Scholar, Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), under Professor Angela Brew (Macquarie University / University of Sydney), 2009-10.
(2012), [as an undergraduate] with Angela Brew, "Enhancing quality learning through experiences of research-based learning: Implications for academic development", International Journal for Academic Development 17(1): 47-58.