I take advantage of all available opportunities to improve my teaching skills.  I keep informed about emerging research in education psychology and read texts outlining successful teaching strategies.   I have also attend training seminars to improve my skills as an instructor.

I completed a training course certified under the “International Tutor Training Program Certification” (ITTPC).  This course presented different strategies promoting independent learning among adults through the discussion and application of various learning theories.  I also attended teaching development programs that taught me how to engage students with material by generating classroom discussion and encouraging active learning.  During these sessions, I learned how to make lesson plans, to ask students probing questions, to respond correctly to their questions, to grade papers, and to diffuse difficult classroom situations.

I am continuing to hone my teaching skills by attending various teaching workshops and conferences, a selection of which I outline below.

 Pedagogical Conferences and Workshops Attended

"Rethinking the Way We Teach: High-Impact Methods in the Classroom." American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference, February 12 – 14, 2016, Portland, OR.

"Digital Pedagogy Workshop." Virginia Wesleyan College, Spring, 2015, Norfolk, VA.

"Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy." Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), February 4 – February 6, 2015, Blacksburg, VA.

"Election Engagement Best Practices and Training." Campus Election Engagement Project Spring Meeting, April 19, 2013, Arlington, VA.

 Pedagogical Conferences and Workshops Led

APA Style, Virginia Wesleyan College, Undergraduate Research Workshop, March 31st, 2015 & March 25th, 2014

How I Write, Virginia Wesleyan College, Undergraduate Research Workshop, October 23rd, 2014 & September 24th, 2015.

Extra, Extra, Tweet All About It, Virginia Wesleyan College, Talk about Teaching, November 11th, 2013